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Published on September 26, 2008

Contact: Julie Monzo
Phone: 800-323-4040, ext. 7538
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The College of American Pathologists Honors Georgia Pathologist with Outstanding Communicator Award

NORTHFIELD, ILL. — Melinda Moore Lewis, MD, FCAP, of Atlanta, Ga. was honored for her efforts to both clarify and enhance the image of pathologists and the field of pathology during a ceremony held in San Diego at the College’s annual meeting, CAP ’08 — The Pathologists’ Meeting™.

Dr. Lewis received the William H. Kuehn, PhD, Outstanding Communicator Award for her efforts to raise public awareness regarding the important role pathologists play in patient care and diagnosing illnesses.

Her many contributions to enhance the image of pathologists include serving as chair of the Public Affairs Committee. As chair, Dr. Lewis was instrumental in the development of the College’s award-winning patient Web site, MyBiopsy.org, as well as the award winning American Way magazine campaign. She has also played a key role in developing the Public Statements on Health Related Issues Program, among numerous other patient-centered public affairs programs.

“It is with heartfelt thanks that I accept the CAP Outstanding Communicator Award,” said Dr. Lewis. “The previous recipients of this award are pathologists and a patient whom I greatly admire. I am deeply honored to be in their company.”

Dr. Lewis is an associate professor in the department of pathology and laboratory medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga. She has served as the director of cytopathology and director of the fellowship program in cytopathology at Emory. Dr. Lewis graduated magna cum laude with a BA in anthropology and zoology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She obtained her MD, magna cum laude, from Emory University School of Medicine, where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. She completed her residency in anatomic and clinical pathology, along with her fellowship in cytopathology at Emory University-affiliated hospitals in Atlanta.

Dr. Lewis has been active in the CAP since her residency. She has been a member of the Council on Public Affairs and the Council on Membership and Professional Development. Dr. Lewis also has been chair of the Medical Community Relations Committee and of the PAPS Coalition. She participated in the See, Test, and Treat™ Program for Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention on the Rosebud Native American Indian Reservation in South Dakota together with other pathologists, cytotechnologists, and a radiologist. She was also a recipient of the CAP’s President’s Honors Award in 2006.

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is a medical society that serves more than 17,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The CAP is an advocate for high quality and cost-effective patient care.

 

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