College of American Pathologists

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Published on September 27, 2010

Contact: Carolyn Barth

The College of American Pathologists Honors Houston Pathologist with Lifetime Achievement Award

Mary R. Schwartz, MD, FCAP, Receives Award for Positive Impact on the Pathology Profession

Northfield, IL.—Mary R. Schwartz, MD, FCAP, of Houston, Tex., 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.

The College of American Pathologists recognizes Dr. Schwartz for her diverse contributions to the College and pathology during the past years as a superb educator, diagnostic pathologist, and pathology activist. She has nearly 100 papers published in peer-reviewed journals and 14 published book chapters; and she has taught numerous courses at the local, regional, and national level.

“I am deeply honored and overwhelmed to receive the CAP Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Dr. Schwartz. “It has been a special privilege to be able to participate in activities of the College and to serve members of our specialty.”

Dr. Schwartz currently serves as director of anatomic pathology and director of the surgical pathology fellowship at The Methodist Hospital in Houston. She is also clinical professor of Pathology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Dr. Schwartz has been involved in the CAP for many years. She served as the liaison for the American Society of Cytopathology to the Cytopathology Resource Committee (CYP), and she has been an active member of the CYP since 2005. Dr. Schwartz is an associate editor of the Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and is the editor of the Cytopathology and More section of CAP TODAY. She is a member of many other professional societies, including the American Society of Cytopathology where she has held several leadership positions, the United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology, the Papanicolaou Society of Cytology, the Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology, and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Schwartz graduated from Stanford University Phi Beta Kappa with a BA with distinction. She then attended Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where she received her MD and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Schwartz completed her residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. The American Board of Pathology has certified Dr. Schwartz in anatomic and clinical pathology, with added qualification in cytopathology.

After completing her residency, Dr. Schwartz joined the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine where she became the first recipient of the Robert M. O’Neal Chair in Pathology. She served as director of the Baylor pathology residency program for over a decade.

In 2009, Dr. Schwartz received the Harlan J. Spjut Award from the Houston Society of Clinical Pathologists for distinguished and sustained scholarly achievements in pathology. Last year she also received the CAP Spotlight Service Award for her patient-centered approach to the practice of pathology, passion, dedication to education, and leadership by example.

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.