College of American Pathologists

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Published on September 29, 2008

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

The College of American Pathologists Honors Ohio Pathologist with Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert W. Novak, MD, FCAP, receives award for positive impact on the pathology profession

NORTHFIELD, ILL. — Robert W. Novak, MD, FCAP, of Akron, Ohio, was one of eleven recipients of the 2008 College of American Pathologists (CAP) Lifetime Achievement Award recognized at a ceremony held on September 26, 2008, in San Diego at the College’s annual meeting, CAP ’08 — The Pathologists’ Meeting™.

The CAP Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to recognize and honor members of the College who have made a broad and positive impact on the pathology profession through contributions to one or more areas of the College over an extended period of time.

Dr. Novak is recognized for his distinguished service as a vice-chair and chair of the Hematology/Clinical Microscopy Resource Committee, a member and chair of the Hematology Cluster, a member of the CAP Spokespersons Network, and a member of the Surveys Committee and the Council on Scientific Affairs.

“I want to express my sincere appreciation to the College of American Pathologists for this recognition,” said Dr. Novak. “The lessons I have learned and the friendship I have experienced as a result of participation in College activities have repaid the efforts that I put forth many times over.”

In addition to his active involvement with the CAP, Dr. Novak is also a member of many professional societies, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society for Pediatric Pathology, in which he has also served on multiple boards and committees.

Currently, Dr. Novak serves as chairman of the department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and director of the medical technology program at Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio where he has also served as vice-president and president of the medical staff. He is a professor of pathology at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM) in Rootstown, where he also serves as chairman of the department of Pathology.

Dr. Novak attended Brown University, Providence, R.I., where he earned his BS degree in biology summa cum laude. He went on to receive his MD from Duke University in Durham, N.C., where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He was a pediatric resident at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., and a pathology resident at the University of Tennessee, as well as Duke University. He completed a pediatric pathology fellowship at Denver

Children’s Hospital in Colorado. He is certified in Anatomic, Clinical, and Pediatric Pathology by the American Board of Pathology and in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. He is licensed in North Carolina, Tennessee, Colorado, and Ohio.

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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