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 Georgia Pathologist with Lifetime Achievement Award

John Carson Hay Steele Jr., MD, PhD, FCAP, receives award for positive impact on the pathology profession

NORTHFIELD, ILL. — John Carson Hay Steele Jr., MD, PhD, FCAP, of Augusta, Ga., 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. Steele is honored for his distinguished service to the College over the years as a member, vice-chair, and chair to the Microbiology Resource Committee; as a member on the Council on Scientific Affairs and the Quality Practices Committee; and as CAP inspector.

“Serving as a laboratory inspector and on CSA committees has been very rewarding professionally and personally,” said Dr. Steele. “I highly recommend active participation in the College‚Äôs activities to both residents and pathologists; the rewards more than compensate for the time commitment required.”

In addition to his active involvement with CAP committees, Dr. Steele serves as a manuscript reviewer for several scientific publications, including the Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, the American Journal of Clinical Pathology, and Clinical Infectious Diseases. He serves on the editorial board for the American Journal of Clinical Pathology and is clinical microbiology section editor for e-Medicine. He recently completed his tenure on the Medical Microbiology Test Development and Advisory Committee of the American Board of Pathology. During his career, Dr. Steele has been awarded more than $610,000 in investigative research grants as investigator or co-investigator.

Dr. Steele currently serves as clinical service chief for clinical pathology, medical director of the clinical pathology laboratory at MCGHealth, vice chairperson for academic affairs and interim chair in the department of pathology, and Walter L. Shepard professor of clinical pathology at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He is also a consulting physician at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Augusta and serves as medical director of the molecular section of the Georgia Esoteric and Molecular Laboratory, LLC, at the Medical College of Georgia.

Dr. Steele graduated from Duke University in Durham, N.C., with a BS in chemistry summa cum laude. He went on to receive his PhD in biochemistry from Duke University Graduate School and completed his MD at Duke University School of Medicine. His residency training took place at the University of Florida in Gainesville, and at Louisiana State University in New Orleans.

He is certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Medical Microbiology by the American Board of Pathology. He is a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and a diplomate of the Federation of State of Medical Boards of the United States. Dr. Steele is licensed in Louisiana 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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