College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on September 13, 2011

Contact: Julie Monzo
College of American Pathologists
800-323-4040 ext. 7538


Carolyn Barth
Phone: 800-323-4040, ext 7185

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

Northfield, IL.—David J. Blomberg, MD, FCAP, a pathologist from Duluth, Minn., was awarded with the College of American Pathologists Lifetime Achievement Award at a special ceremony held in Dallas on September 12, 2011, at CAP ’11 – THE Pathologists’ Meeting™.

The CAP presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to its members who have made a broad and positive impact on patient care through the specialty of pathology.

Dr. Blomberg was recognized for devotion and tireless commitment to the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, having conducted more than 150 inspections both in the US and abroad. His expertise has aided medical laboratory professionals across the country in the delivery of improved diagnoses related to urine, blood, and microscopy testing. Additionally, Dr. Blomberg has demonstrated his dedication to enhancing laboratory medicine through his service as the CAP Minnesota state commissioner for seven years and as the deputy regional commissioner for pediatric hospitals for an additional 15 years.

“I am proud to have contributed to the outstanding programs developed by the CAP, which enhance the delivery of patient care,” said Dr. Blomberg. “It’s rewarding to collaborate with my esteemed colleagues, and I am humbled to receive an award for work I am deeply committed.”

As a member of the CAP Hematology and Clinical Microscopy Resource Committee and the Publications Committee, Dr. Blomberg co-authored two highly successful CAP books, “Color Atlas of Body Fluids,” and “A Color Atlas of the Urinary Sediment.” He also has contributed countless hours organizing and giving pathology lectures in chemistry and physiology, as well as general pathology.

Dr. Blomberg also has held leadership positions with local pathology organizations, serving as president for the Lake Superior Pathology Society, as well as the Minnesota Society of Pathologists, where he still serves on the Board of Directors. In addition, Dr. Blomberg was a member of the Duluth Graduate Medical Education Advisory Committee from 1998-2005.

Dr. Blomberg has served as a faculty member in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and pathology at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in Minneapolis and has directed several medical laboratories within Minnesota for over 30 years prior to his retirement in December, 2004.

Dr. Blomberg received his BA in mathematics from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where he went on to receive his MD. He completed an internship Hennepin County General Hospital in Minneapolis before completing his residency in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Minnesota Hospitals also in Minneapolis.

The College of American Pathologists (CAP), celebrating 50 years as the gold standard in laboratory accreditation, is a medical society serving more than 17,000 physician members and the global laboratory community. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is the worldwide leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College advocates accountable, high-quality, and cost-effective patient care.