College of American Pathologists

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Published on September 27, 2010

Contact: Carolyn Barth

The College of American Pathologists Honors Los Angeles Pathologist with Lifetime Achievement Award

Wayne W. Grody, MD, PhD, FCAP, Receives Award for Positive Impact on the Pathology Profession

Northfield, IL.—Wayne W. Grody, MD, PhD, FCAP, of Los Angeles, Calif., was one of eight recipients of the 2010 College of American Pathologists (CAP) Lifetime Achievement Award recognized at a ceremony held on September 25, 2010, in Chicago at the College’s annual meeting, CAP ’10 – THE Pathologists’ Meeting™.

The CAP presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to its members who have made a broad and positive impact on the pathology profession through contributions to one or more areas of the College over an extended period of time.

Dr. Grody receives the award to recognize his contributions to the CAP and to pathology for more than 20 years. He joined the Molecular Pathology Committee in 1989 and the CAP/ACMG Biochemical and Molecular Genetics Committee in 1992. From 1989 to 2003, Dr. Grody served as a member or chair of one or both of these groups, becoming the most central presence of the College during the formative years of the expansion of molecular pathology and genetics programs for the CAP.

“I should share this award with CAP itself, an organization that had the foresight to recognize the importance of molecular pathology, to nurture its development and its first practitioners, and to confront the challenging regulatory and ethical issues raised by this powerful technology,” said Dr. Grody.

Dr. Grody currently serves as a professor in the departments of pathology and laboratory medicine, pediatrics, and human genetics at the UCLA School of Medicine in Los Angeles. He is the founder and director of the Diagnostic Molecular Pathology Laboratory within the UCLA Medical Center, one of the first such facilities in the country to offer DNA-based tests for diagnosis of a wide variety of genetic, infectious, and neoplastic diseases, as well as bone marrow engraftment, patient specimen identification, and paternity testing by DNA fingerprinting.

In addition to his active involvement with the CAP, Dr. Grody is actively involved in many other professional organizations. He served as a member of the NIH-DOE Task Force on Genetic Testing and as chair of an Advisory Committee on Genomic Medicine for the entire VA healthcare system. He is currently the president-elect of the American College of Medical Genetics. Dr. Grody has published over 170 journal articles, as well as scientific and medical books and book chapters.

Dr. Grody attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he received his BA in biology. He then completed his MD and PhD in cell biology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Grody completed his residency in pathology and laboratory medicine, as well as a fellowship in medical genetics at the UCLA School of Medicine.

The American Board of Pathology has certified Dr. Grody in anatomic and clinical pathology, as well as molecular genetic pathology, and the American Board of Medical Genetics has certified him in molecular, clinical, and biochemical genetics.

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.