College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on September 29, 2008

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

Charleston Pathologist Named Recipient of the Distinguished Patient Care Award by College of American Pathologists

NORTHFIELD, ILL. — Kim A. Collins, MD, FCAP, a pathologist from Charleston, S.C. has been honored with the College of American Pathologists Distinguished Patient Care Award at a ceremony held on Sept. 27, 2008, in San Diego at the College’s annual meeting, CAP ’08 — The Pathologists’ Meeting™.

Dr. Collins is honored for her commitment to helping patients by sharing her personal breast cancer survival story with millions of people in dozens of broadcast and print interviews, stressing the importance of testing and patient education during Breast Cancer Awareness month. She is also being recognized for her heroic dedication in insisting that all nine of the firefighters who perished in a nationally spotlighted fire in Charleston stay together during the autopsy procedures, and for her significant contributions to the development of the award-winning patient Web site, In addition, Dr. Collins is being acknowledged for her dedication to organ and tissue procurement and transplantation, educating pathologists and the community on the importance of improving and saving lives through donation.

“I am honored to receive the Distinguished Patient Care Award and recognize that through the College of American Pathologists, I have been better able to serve my patients, their families, and the public,” Dr. Collins said.

In addition to her active involvement in the CAP Spokesperson Network, Dr. Collins serves as a member on the Public Affairs Committee, an advisor to and immediate past chair of the Autopsy Committee, and a CAP Fellow Member delegate to the CAP House of Delegates. Other professional membership activities include serving as the South Carolina liaison to the National Association of Medical Examiners, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, past president of the South Carolina Society of Pathologists, and member of the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation Medical Examiner/Coroner Advisory Committee.

After receiving her BS in microbiology, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Georgia, Athens, Dr. Collins earned her MD from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. She completed her residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, N.C., followed by a fellowship in forensic pathology at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic, Clinical, and Forensic Pathology. She is licensed in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

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’ss 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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