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Published on September 28, 2010

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

Wisconsin Pathologist Awarded Grant for Humanitarian Efforts

Paula E. North, MD, PhD, FCAP awarded grant to support development of high-quality clinical laboratory in the rain forest of northern Peru

Northfield, IL.—Paula E. North, 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 support the development of a small, high-quality clinical laboratory in Peru. In addition, the funding will allow Dr. North to develop a clinical laboratory in a new hospital being built by a nonprofit foundation in northern Peru. The area is currently underserved by a sole government-operated clinic in which laboratory support is limited to manual examinations of peripheral smears by technicians and spun hemotocrits. The new laboratory will serve as a reference center for a large area of northern Peru and will offer region-appropriate molecular diagnostic testing in addition to more basic laboratory diagnostic services.

“I am honored to accept the 2010 CAP Foundation Humanitarian Grant Award on behalf of the Yantalo Peru Foundation,” said Dr. North. “Through generous funding like this, the Yantalo Lab is destined to become a ””

Currently, Dr. North serves as professor and chief of pediatric pathology at the mMedical College of Wisconsin and as medical director of pathology and laboratory medicine at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Previously, she served as director of clinical laboratories and vice chief of pediatric pathology at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. Dr. North was also a professor of pathology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

In addition to the College of American Pathologists, Dr. North is a member of many professional organizations including the United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology, the Society for Pediatric Pathology, and the International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies. She is also a member of the medical advisory councils for both the Lymphangiomatosis & Gorham’s Disease Alliance and the National Organization for Vascular Anomalies.

Dr. North received her BA in biology from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. She then completed her PhD in molecular biology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennesee, before receiving her MD from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. Dr. North completed her residency there as well.

The American Board of Pathology certifies her in anatomic and clinical pathology, as well as in pediatric pathology. Dr. North holds licensure in Arkansas and Wisconsin.

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.