College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on September 27, 2010

Contact: Carolyn Barth

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

David L. Witte, MD, PhD, FCAP, Receives Award for Positive Impact on the Pathology Profession

Northfield, IL.—David L. Witte, MD, PhD, FCAP, of Ottumwa, Iowa, 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.

Dr. Witte has served the CAP for more than 35 years and is honored for his embodiment of the transformative pathologist. He has demonstrated throughout his career how thoughtful and focused engagement with patients and other physicians through the clinical laboratory is essential for patient safety and delivery of superlative patient care. Dr. Witte was engaged in hospital governance, including serving as chairman of the governing board. He also gathered data on the impacts of practice on patients and shared those in many peer-reviewed papers.

“I am grateful for this award and thank countless technologists and CAP staff,” said Dr. Witte. “Thank you to each individual who helped me and the CAP for honoring the work and joy that was the path they have shown me.”

Dr. Witte served as a clinical professor at the University of Iowa in Iowa City for 17 years. He was also laboratory director and president of Collaborative Laboratory Services, as well as laboratory director of Laboratory Control, Ltd.

Dr. Witte has served on countless committees within the CAP, as well as chairing numerous committees, including the Public Health Policy Committee, the Performance Measures Working Group, and the Patient Safety and Performance Measures. Dr. Witte was also a member of many other professional societies, including the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, the American Society for Quality Control, and the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists.

Dr. Witte received his BA cum laude in chemistry from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. He then completed his PhD in biochemistry at Iowa State University in Ames. Dr. Witte received his MD from the University of Iowa in Iowa City before completing a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology.

The American Board of Pathology has certified Dr. Witte in clinical pathology. He also holds certification by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry.

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.