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Published on September 28, 2010

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

Texas Pathologist Awarded Grant for Humanitarian Efforts

Adekunle M. Adesina, MD, PhD, FCAP, awarded grant to assist pathologists in sub-Saharan Africa in the development of a program of continuing medical education

Northfield, IL.—Adekunle M. Adesina, 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. Adesina to assist pathologists in sub-Saharan Africa in the development of a program of continuing medical education. In addition, the funding will provide for the regular delivery and distribution of pathology journals to 65 pathologists and institutions in sub-Saharan Africa. The grant will also allow for the organization of a regional West African international surgical oncology conference, structured to enhance the quality of pathology services delivered by the pathologists in sub-Saharan Africa.

“I am most grateful to the College for this generous endowment,” Dr. Adesina said. “Africa has an inadequate number of pathologists and laboratory medicine practitioners. Opportunities for updating their medical and technical knowledge base, as well as training the next generation of pathologists are limited to non-existent. This program will be a cost-effective way to provide up-to-date knowledge and information to over 250 practicing pathologists, their trainees and technologists.”

Currently, Dr. Adesina serves as professor in the Department of Pathology at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Previously, he served as associate professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City.

In addition to serving as an inspector and ream leader for the College of American Pathologists, Dr. Adesina is a member of many professional societies, including the American Association of Neuropathologists, the Association for Molecular Pathology, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also serves as a member of the test development committee of the American Board of Pathology in molecular genetic pathology; a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Human Pathology; section editor of neuropathology for the journal Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine; chief editor of neuropathology for the Web-based textbook e-medicine/pathology; as well as a reviewer for the Journal of Neuro-Oncology, the Journal of Clinical Pathology, and the journal Pediatrics.

Dr. Adesina attended the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, where he received his MD, followed by his MSc in chemical pathology and immunopathology. He completed his residency training at the University College Hospital in Ibadan, before becoming a clinical fellow in anatomic pathology and neuropathology at the University of Vermont in Burlington. Dr. Adesina also attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he received his PhD in molecular genetics and neuro-oncology.

The American Board of Pathology has certified Dr. Adesina in anatomic pathology, neuropathology, and molecular genetic pathology. He holds licensure in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, and Vermont.

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.