College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on September 29, 2008

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

Massachusetts Pathologist Recognized by the CAP with the Public Service Award

NORTHFIELD, ILL. — George F. Kwass, MD, FCAP, of Haverhill, Mass., was honored for his outstanding dedication to political and community life and for his extraordinary public service throughout the nation at a ceremony held in San Diego at the College’s annual meeting, CAP ’08 — The Pathologists’ Meeting™.

Dr. Kwass received the Public Service Award established in honor of Frank C. Coleman, MD, for his extensive contributions to organized medicine for more than a quarter of a century, including chairing committees with the College of American Pathologists, the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS), and the American Medical Association (AMA). He is also being recognized for 24 years of service as a CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program inspector.

The Public Service Award is the College’s highest honor for accomplishments and dedication to political and civic life and to public service in the United States.

“Frank Coleman was a most versatile and remarkable man whom I had the privilege of knowing during my earlier days of CAP activity,” Dr. Kwass said. “This makes the receipt of an award named in his honor especially gratifying and meaningful to me.”

His active member participation with the College began in 1983 as a member of the Reimbursement Committee. He served as chair from 1989 to 1993. Since then he has served on the Council on Government and Professional Affairs for two tenures (1989–1997 and 2006–present). Dr. Kwass is currently the chair of the Economic Affairs Committee.

In addition to his service to the College, Dr. Kwass chaired committees with the MMS, including their legislative committee and judicial committee.

His activities with the AMA include serving on the CPT Advisory Committee from 1989 to 1993 and the AMA/Specialty Society RVS Update Committee (RUC) from 1992 to 1997. He served as chair of the RUC Research Subcommittee from 1992 to 1997.

He is currently the chair of the department of Pathology at Merrimack Valley Hospital, Haverhill, Mass. He is also the laboratory director at Pentucket Medical Associates, also in Haverhill.

Dr. Kwass graduated with honors from Columbia College in New York City, where he received his AB. He obtained his MD from New York University School of Medicine and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. His internship in internal medicine was completed at Boston City Hospital, IV Medical Service. His residency and fellowship in pathology were completed at Mass. General Hospital in Boston. He also completed training in steroid biochemistry at Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology. Dr. Kwass is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology.

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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