College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on September 27, 2010

Contact: Carolyn Barth

The College of American Pathologists Honors South Carolina Pathologist with Outstanding Communicator Award

Northfield, IL.—Kim A. Collins, MD, FCAP, of Wadamalaw Island, S.C., was honored for her professional communications leadership at the College of American Pathologists (CAP) on September 25, in Chicago at CAP ’10 — THE Pathologists’ Meeting™.

Dr. Collins received the William H. Kuehn, PhD, Outstanding Communicator Award in recognition for her outstanding efforts to help educate the public on the important role that pathologists play on the patient care team. She is a strong advocate for breast cancer patients, as she is a survivor of HER2 breast cancer. Dr. Collins has encouraged women to learn more about their breast cancer diagnosis by visiting the CAP website,

“Good communication is key to the survival of our profession,” said Dr. Collins, “I am honored to have had numerous opportunities to learn valuable communication skills through the College’s Public Affairs Division.”

Currently, Dr. Collins serves the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office, Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta as a forensic pathologist. Previously, Dr. Collins was active at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she was a professor in pathology and laboratory medicine. She was also co-director of the pathology education division and director of the autopsy pathology section.

Dr. Collins attended the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., where she received her BS in microbiology Magna cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. She then attended the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Ga., where she completed her MD. Dr. Collins was then a resident in anatomic and clinical pathology at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C. Following, she completed a fellowship in forensic pathology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C.

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.