College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on September 29, 2008

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

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

James M. Small, MD, PhD, FCAP, receives award for positive impact on the pathology profession

NORTHFIELD, ILL. — James M. Small, MD, PhD, FCAP, of Denver, Colo. 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.

James M. Small, MD, PhD, FCAP, is honored for his distinguished service to the College over the years as chair of the Public and Patient Relations Committee and as vice chair and member of the Informatics Committee and as a member of the Internet Editorial Board, the Council on Public Affairs, and the CAP Spokesperson Network, as well as his humanitarian efforts to See, Test and Treat patients in Juarez, Mexico through the College’s See, Test and Treat™ program.

“Pathology is in itself a highly rewarding profession; I’ve never had to go home wondering if I did anything important that day,” said Dr. Small. “Serving on CAP councils and committees has added a delightful bonus.”

During the early 1990s, Dr. Small attended the College’s media training and public speaking courses at national meetings and became active in the College’s Spokespersons Network. He has done numerous radio and television interviews and represented the College in several video news releases on subjects varying from organ transplantation, home first aid, and barbecue safety. In 2002, he began a monthly radio show on a local Christian station in Denver, Colo., taking health-related calls from audience listeners.

During Dr. Small’s tenure on the Council for Public Affairs, the Council developed the Native American See, Test and Treat™ Program for Pap smear and mammogram testing of underserved populations. In conjunction with a mission organization in Juarez, Mexico, and the Christian Medical Association in Denver, Dr. Small used the CAP model to lead two teams to a small clinic to serve the local population. It is becoming a popular annual event.

Dr. Small earned his MD and PhD in microbiology and immunology at Duke University in Durham, N.C., and attended the University of Utah in Salt Lake City for his training in anatomic and clinical pathology. He is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, and in the subspecialty of Medical Microbiology. He spent 12 years serving on the pathology committee of the Gynecologic Oncology Group. Dr. Small also served a term as president of the Colorado Society of Clinical Pathologists. He is currently an associate pathologist with the UniPath group in Denver.

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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