College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on September 26, 2008

Contact: Julie Monzo
Phone: 800-323-4040, ext. 7538

Chicago Area Pathologist Awarded Grant for Humanitarian Efforts

Jan Anthony Nowak, MD, PhD, FCAP, receives grant to expand the diabetes screening program in one of the most impoverished areas of the United States.

NORTHFIELD, ILL. — Jan Anthony Nowak, MD, PhD, FCAP, of Evanston, Ill., was one of five recipients of the 2008 College of American Pathologists (CAP) Foundation Humanitarian Grant Award recognized at a ceremony held on Sept. 27, 2008, in San Diego at CAP ’08 — The Pathologists’ Meeting™.

The CAP Foundation’s Humanitarian Grant Program provides grants to members of the College, which are used to fund pathology and medical services to underprivileged patients in an underdeveloped area of the world. The Humanitarian Grant Award will allow Dr. Nowak to support enhanced blood glucose screening and monitoring for the Tutwiler Clinic in Tutwiler, Mississippi. Funding will also be used to establish in-house HbA1c testing at the clinic.

“The Mississippi delta region centered on Tutwiler was identified by the United States government a number of years ago as the most impoverished area in the country,” stated Dr. Nowak. “Funding from this grant will allow the Tutwiler Clinic to continue to help improve the lives of the people who live there.”

Currently, Dr. Nowak is medical director of the ACL Illinois Central Laboratory as well as the medical director for its Molecular Pathology Laboratory, both located in Rosemont, Ill. In October, he will become the medical director of Evanston Northwestern Hospital’s Molecular Pathology Laboratory. He is also an associate pathologist at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, and an associate professor of pathology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Nowak is an active member on the CAP Molecular Oncology Resource Committee and CAP Patient Safety and Performance Measures Committee. In addition to his membership with the College of American Pathologists, he belongs to other professional societies, including the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, the American Society for Microbiology, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also the 2008 president-elect for the Association for Molecular Pathology.

Dr. Nowak attended Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., where he received his BS in chemistry. His PhD in biophysics was received from the University of Rochester in New York, and he obtained his MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He completed his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

He is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, with specialty certification in Molecular Genetic Pathology by both the American Board of Pathology and the American Board of Medical Genetics. Dr. Nowak is a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, and he is licensed in New York and Illinois.

The College of American Pathologists Foundation promotes science and education in an effort to improve the delivery of pathology services to patients and expand medical research and funding of individual research projects through sponsorship of the Scholars Research Fellowship Program.

The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving more than 17,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective medical care.


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