College of American Pathologists

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Published on September 26, 2008

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

Seattle Pathologist Named Distinguished Service Award Recipient by the College of American Pathologists

NORTHFIELD, ILL. — James P. AuBuchon, MD, FCAP, was awarded the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Distinguished Service Award at a ceremony held on Sept. 27, 2008, in San Diego at the College’s annual meeting, CAP ’08 — The Pathologists’ Meeting™.

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding contributions to both the practice of pathology and to the College of American Pathologists. Dr. AuBuchon was presented with the CAP Distinguished Service Award for his extensive, outstanding contributions during the past 20 years to the CAP Transfusion Medicine/Transfusion Transmitted Diseases Resource Committee, serving as a member, vice-chair, chair, and advisor. He is also being honored for his service as the coordinator of the Platelet Serology Survey and as the CAP liaison to the Blood Filter Committee of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation.

“I am deeply honored to receive the CAP Distinguished Service Award,” said Dr. AuBuchon. “I have greatly enjoyed being able to contribute to the advancement of patient safety and of pathologists’ involvement in improving the practice of transfusion medicine.”

In addition to his active involvement with the CAP, Dr. AuBuchon served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. He served on the American Association of Blood Banks as secretary/treasurer, chair of the Scientific Section Coordinating Committee, and a district director on its board of directors. Dr. AuBuchon also chaired the Biomedical Excellence for Safer Transfusion Collaborative, an international research group dedicated to improving transfusion safety and efficacy. He was elected as Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 1999.

Dr. AuBuchon is the newly appointed president and chief executive officer of the Puget Sound Blood Center in Seattle, with an academic appointment at the University of Washington in Seattle. He served at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, N.H., for 18 years, as the pathology residency program director and chair of the department of Pathology. He pursued several lines of research, continuing his work on component storage system improvement and extending his interest in practical improvements in blood safety through defining the cost-effectiveness of a variety of proposed interventions. He worked closely with clinicians to promote improved transfusion practices through the Transfusion Committee and implemented innovative approaches to reduce two of the greatest risks of transfusion, bacterial contamination and mistransfusion.

Dr. AuBuchon earned his BS in cellular biology with high distinction and highest honors from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he also completed his MD. He completed an anatomic and clinical pathology residency at the University of Wisconsin and was a senior staff fellow in the department of Transfusion Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md., for two years where he initiated work on the effects of plasticizers on red cell storage. Following his fellowship, Dr. AuBuchon served as the director of several regional blood centers and the national headquarters of the American Red Cross for six years.

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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