College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on September 27, 2010

Contact: Carolyn Barth

The College of American Pathologists Selects Brooklyn Pathologist for Laboratory Improvement Program Service Award

Northfield, IL.—Peter J. Howanitz, MD, FCAP, a pathologist from Brooklyn, N.Y., has been honored with the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Laboratory Improvement Program Service Award at a ceremony held on September 26, in Chicago at CAP ’10 — THE Pathologists’ Meeting™.

The award, established in 2006, is presented to an individual serving within the ranks of the CAP’s Council on Scientific Affairs (CSA) who has demonstrated exceptional service. Dr. Howanitz was honored for his outstanding contributions and service to the CAP Laboratory Improvement Programs.

Dr. Howanitz is acknowledged for his outstanding contributions and service to the CAP Laboratory Improvement Programs over the years. He has provided his expertise and leadership as a member and chair of numerous CAP committees. He is a trusted advocate for the best science, the best patient care, and for the pathology profession.

“I am honored that the College of American Pathologists has chosen me to receive the Laboratory Improvement Service Award,” said Dr. Howanitz.

Dr. Howanitz is currently active at State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, in Brooklyn, New York, where he serves as a professor of pathology, director of clinical laboratories, and vice chairman of the department of pathology. Previously, Dr. Howanitz was a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, as well as director of clinical laboratories at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Dr. Howanitz has served on numerous committees within the CAP, including chairing the Quality Assurance Services Committee, the Point of Care Testing Committee, and the CAP-CDC Outcomes Committee. He is also a member of many other professional organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, and the Centers for Disease Control.

Dr. Howanitz attended Villanova University in Pennsylvania, where he received his BS, before earning his MS in bacteriology and botany from Syracuse University in New York. He then completed his MD at the Health Science Center at Syracuse. While there, he also completed his residency in clinical pathology.

The American Board of Pathology has certified Dr. Howanitz in clinical pathology and chemical pathology. In addition, he holds certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

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.