Published on: September 14, 2005
Maine Pathologist Receives CAP Foundation Humanitarian Grant Award
Northfield, IL. — John R. Benziger, MD, FCAP, was the recipient of the
2005 College of American Pathologists (CAP) Foundation Humanitarian Grant
Award at a ceremony held in Chicago at CAP ’05 – the annual meeting of the
College of American Pathologists.
Dr. Benziger is chief of pathology and the laboratory director at MaineGeneral
Medical Center in Waterville and Augusta, Maine. The grant award relates to
his work with Partners In Health of Maine in Nicaragua.
The CAP Foundation Humanitarian Grant Award, which is co-sponsored by Olympus
America, provides grants to members of the College to use to fund pathology
and medical services to underserved patients in an underdeveloped area of the
The Humanitarian Grant Award will enable Dr. Benziger to establish pathology
services at Hospital Neuvo Amanecer in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua and
significantly expand and improve patient care in this underserved and isolated
North Atlantic region.
"I am very pleased to have received The Humanitarian Award from my peers at
the College," said Dr. Benziger. "I am grateful that my colleagues appreciate
and recognize my enthusiasm and dedication to establish pathology services in
Dr. Benziger earned his undergraduate degree at the University of New Mexico
and completed his M.D. at the University of New Mexico Medical School. He
completed his internship and his residency at the University of Vermont in
Burlington, and he is board certified in both anatomic and clinical pathology.
Dr. Benziger's wife Mary, an artist, is also active in Partners In Health of
Maine, and has planned and completed several beautiful murals for two
hospitals in Nicaragua. They have four grown children.
The College of American Pathologists is a
medical society that serves nearly 16,000 physician members and the laboratory
community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed
exclusively of pathologist and is widely considered the leader in laboratory
quality assurance. The CAP is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective