College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on September 28, 2010

Contact: Carolyn Barth

Maine Pathologist Awarded Grant for Humanitarian Efforts

John R. Benziger, MD, FCAP awarded grant to expand pathology services in rural Nicaragua

Northfield, IL.—John R. Benizger, MD, FCAP, recipient of the 2010 College of American Pathologists (CAP) Foundation Humanitarian Grant Award, was recognized at a ceremony held on September 27, 2010, 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. Benziger to expand pathology services in rural Nicaragua.

It will facilitate development of simplified, economical tissue processing and cutting instrumentation in small communities currently lacking these services. It will also allow introduction of special immunologic staining services at the medical school hospital in Leon, Nicaragua.

“I feel honored and grateful to receive a CAP Foundation Humanitarian Grant Award this year,” said Dr. Benziger. “Enhancing pathology capability can significantly improve the approach and management of patients; and in Nicaragua, the second poorest country in the western hemisphere, the CAP Foundation’s generosity makes a big difference”.

Currently, Dr. Benziger serves as laboratory medical director and pathologist at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Waterville and Augusta, Maine. He has been working in Nicaragua as a member of the group, Partners in Health of Maine, since 2003. In 2005, Dr.

Benziger received another CAP Humanitarian Grant Award with which he built a laboratory and initiated anatomic pathology services on the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua.

In addition to the College of American Pathologists, Dr. Benziger is a member of many professional societies, including the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, the Maine Medical Association, and the Maine Pathology Association.

Dr. Benziger received his MD from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque. He then completed his residency in the Department of Pathology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, where he also served as co-chief resident.

The American Board of Pathology has certified Dr. Benziger in anatomic and clinical pathology, and he holds licensure in Maine and New Mexico.

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.