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Published on September 28, 2010

Contact: Carolyn Barth
E-mail: media@cap.org

Illinois Pathologist Awarded Grant for Humanitarian Efforts

Jan A. Nowak, MD, PhD, FCAP, awarded grant to continue enhanced blood glucose screening and monitoring for Tutwiler Clinic

Northfield, IL.—Jan A. Nowak, MD, PhD, 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. Nowak to continue enhanced blood glucose screening and monitoring for the Tutwiler Clinic in Mississippi. In addition, the funding will allow Dr. Nowak to provide all newly identified uninsured diabetics of Tallahatchie County in Mississippi with home testing supplies, support quarterly in-office testing for HbA1c, BUN, creatinine, and ALT testing at baseline and at six months.

“I am extremely grateful to the CAP Foundation for funding this project at the Tutwiler Clinic in Mississippi,” said Dr. Nowak. “Diabetes is one of the principal chronic diseases in the Mississippi Delta, and Tutwiler, Mississippi has been recognized as one of the most impoverished regions in the United States. That support for this effort comes from my own profession of pathology leaves me very proud.”

A resident of Evanston, Ill., Dr. Nowak serves as the director of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston.

Dr. Nowak currently serves on the CAP’s Molecular Pathology Resource Committee, the Public Health Policy Committee, the CGPA Molecular Pathology Working Group within the College of American Pathologists, and the Center subcommittee of the Transformation Program Office Steering Committee. He also serves as a member of numerous other professional societies, including the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, as well as the Association for Molecular Pathology, where he serves on the Professional Relations Committee, Nominating Committee, and the Economic Affairs Committee.

Dr. Nowak attended Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., where he received his BS in chemistry before earning his PhD in biophysics from the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. He then completed his MD at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, followed by a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester Medical Center.

The American Board of Pathology has certified Dr. Nowak in anatomic and clinical pathology. He holds licenses in New York and Illinois and also holds specialty certification in molecular genetic pathology from the American Board of Pathology and the American Board of Medical Genetics.

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.