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Published on May 26, 2010

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College of American Pathologists Honors Greenwich Pathologist with the Pathologist Spotlight Service Award

NORTHFIELD, ILL. - Richard N. Eisen, MD, FCAP, the director of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Conn., was named a recipient of the Pathologist Spotlight Service Award given by the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

The award was established to recognize CAP members, who exhibit transformative behavior and deliver exceptional patient care in their community through the specialty of pathology. Dr. Eisen was nominated for this award by Richard R. Gomez, MD, FCAP, a pathologist with the Topeka Pathology Group PA and St. Francis Health Center in Topeka, Kan.

Dr. Eisen is honored for his compassionate care of cancer patients and for his volunteerism in his community to help educate residents on the importance of cancer prevention. He is a pathologist, a physician who examines tissues and cells to identify and diagnose diseases, including cancer.

“On behalf of the College of American Pathologists, it is my sincere pleasure to award Dr. Eisen with CAP Pathologist Service Award,” said Robert L. Breckenridge, MD, MBA, FCAP, a member of the CAP Board of Governors and chair of the CAP Council on Membership and Professional Development. “Dr. Eisen’s work on behalf of cancer patients is truly helping to 'win the war' on cancer.”

Since 1994, Dr. Eisen has been instrumental in the treatment of cancer patients at Greenwich Hospital. Currently, he serves as chair of the hospital's tumor board - an approach to treatment planning where different cancer specialists review and discuss a patient’s medical condition and possible treatment options. A tumor board may consist of a pathologist, medical oncologist, surgical oncologist, and radiologist, as well as other doctors.

In addition, Dr. Eisen established the immunohistochemistry section in the laboratory at Greenwich hospital, offering state of the art testing in tumor diagnosis. He also is an associate clinical professor at Yale University School of Medicine and participates in the teaching of medical students and residents. Dr. Eisen has most recently served the CAP as a member of the Immunohistochemistry Resource Committee and has been a faculty member for a week long pathology specialty educational course for the past four years.

“I am deeply honored to be recognized by my colleagues and peers at the CAP with this award,” said Dr. Eisen. “Caring for and treating cancer patients really is a team effort. I accept this award on behalf of my esteemed colleagues at Greenwich Hospital for the outstanding work they do each and every day on behalf of all patients, including those affected with cancer.”

Outside of the hospital, Dr. Eisen’s care of patient continues, as he gives his time to help educate middle school students on health effects of smoking. In addition, he and his family regularly participate in the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk.

Dr. Eisen graduated with a BS degree from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. in 1980. He went on to earn his MD in 1984 from SUNY Health Sciences (Downstate) Health Sciences Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Dr. Eisen completed his residency in anatomic pathology and a fellowship in surgical pathology at The Yale University/ Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Conn. In addition to the CAP Pathologist Spotlight Service Award, Dr. Eisen also is the recipient of the Star of Hope Award, given by the American Cancer Society.

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's largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective patient care.