College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on September 26, 2008

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

Boston Pathologist Awarded Grant for Humanitarian Efforts

Drucilla J. Roberts, MD, FCAP, is received grant to recruit a pathologist for the Adwa Clinic in northern Ethiopia

NORTHFIELD, ILL. — Drucilla J. Roberts, MD, FCAP, of Boston, Mass., 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. Roberts to recruit a pathologist in Northern Ethiopia.

The CAP Foundation Humanitarian Grant will provide a scholarship and educational funds to recruit and maintain a locally trained clinical pathologist to run a local laboratory capable of processing more than 200 specimens per day. This will be the first and only pathologist in the region and has the possibility of providing direct outreach service to an incredibly needy population.

“I am so thankful for this CAP Foundation Humanitarian Grant Award,” said Dr. Roberts. “This generous award will allow us to recruit a physician in-training to specialize in pathology. We hope to continue this award annually to show our commitment to their education and support.”

Currently, Dr. Roberts is the head of perinatal pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She is a member of the Maternal Mortality Committee of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. She teaches Harvard Medical School Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses. Dr. Roberts also delivers lectures on placental and perinatal pathology to regional pathology and histotechnology societies by invitation.

Dr. Roberts graduated magna cum laude with a BA from the University of California in Los Angeles where she also completed her MS in biomechanics. She obtained her MD from Harvard Medical School in Boston. Her clinical fellowship and research fellowship in anatomic pathology were completed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her post-doctoral research fellowship in genetics was completed at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Roberts is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology and is licensed in Massachusetts.

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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