College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on September 28, 2010

Contact: Carolyn Barth

Arizona Pathologist Awarded Grant for Humanitarian Efforts

Matthew A. Zarka, MD, FCAP, awarded grant to continue enhanced blood glucose screening and monitoring for Tutwiler Clinic

Northfield, IL.—Matthew A. Zarka, MD, FCAP, recipient of the 2010 College of American Pathologists (CAP) Foundation Humanitarian Grant Award, was recognized at a ceremony held on September 27, in Chicago at CAP ’10 — THE Pathologists’ Meeting™.

The CAP Foundation’s Humanitarian Grant Program provides grants to members of the College, which are used to fund pathology and medical services to underprivileged patients in an underdeveloped area of the world. This grant will enable Dr. Zarka to help train pathologists in Africa in the field of cytology.

The Humanitarian Grant Award will allow Dr. Zarka to increase the number of attendees at the East and West African Cytology Tutorial Series. The grant will allow 100 cytotechnologists, residents, and pathologists from South Africa and approximately 50 cytotechnologists, residents, and pathologists from Kenya to be trained in fine-needle aspiration biopsy.

“I am grateful to the CAP Foundation for their generosity,” said Dr. Zarka. “In a setting where there are limited medical resources, fine-needle aspiration biopsy is a powerful diagnostic tool. We are very proud that the CAP Foundation has contributed to this humanitarian and educational endeavor.”

Currently, Dr. Zarka serves as a consultant and director of cytopathology in the Department of Pathology at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. Previously, he was an associate professor of pathology at the University of Vermont in Burlington.

Dr. Zarka served as a member of the former CAP Public Affairs Committee and made numerous contributions to the development of the College’s website, In addition to the College of American Pathologists, he is a member of numerous other professional organizations, including the American Society of Cytopathology, the Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology, the United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology, and the Australian Society of Cytology.

Dr. Zarka received his BA in aquatic biology from the University of California in Santa Barbara, where he also received his MA in biology. He then completed his MD at the St. Louis University School of Medicine in Missouri. Dr. Zarka completed his residency and cytopathology fellowship at the University of California in San Francisco, where he was also chief resident.

The American Board of Pathology has certified Dr. Zarka in anatomic pathology with added qualification in cytopathology.

The College of American Pathologists Foundation promotes science and education in an effort to improve the delivery of pathology services to patients and expand medical research and funding of individual research projects through sponsorship of the Scholars Research Fellowship Program.

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) 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.