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 Selects Omaha Pathologist for Excellence in Teaching Award

Northfield, IL.—Nancy E. Cornish, MD, FCAP, a pathologist from Omaha, Neb., is this year’s recipient of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Cornish received the award at a ceremony held on September 13, 2011, in Dallas at CAP ’11 – THE Pathologists’ Meeting™.

The award, established to recognize outstanding contributions to education activities resulting in exceptional professional development opportunities for pathologists, was given to Dr. Cornish for her contributions as a visionary leader and mentor both in the pathology profession and through her development of exceptional learning presentations and programs in microbiology, as a teacher and four-time faculty leader at the CAP Annual Meeting.

“I want to thank the College of American Pathologists for this award and the recognition that comes with it”, said Dr. Cornish. “I also want to acknowledge the fact that I would not have received this award without the many colleagues and friends in my life who took the time to listen, teach, and guide me.”

For more than two decades, Dr. Cornish has been an active member of the College, as faculty, speaker, and presenter. In addition, Dr. Cornish has made significant contributions to the College’s Curriculum Committee. She also has been an active member with numerous professional pathology organizations, including over 20 years with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and nearly 15 years with the American Society for Microbiology and the Infectious Disease Society of America. Dr. Cornish is an active member of the Women in Medicine and Science Association at Creighton University.

Dr. Cornish currently serves as the medical officer in the Division of Laboratory Science and Standards in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Before her current role, Dr. Cornish served as a general pathologist and the director of microbiology for more than 20 years at the Methodist Health Care Systems and Children’s Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.

Dr. Cornish received her BA in philosophy from the University of Vermont in Burlington, where she went on to receive her MD from the College of Medicine. She completed her residency in pathology at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, also in Burlington, before continuing on to a fellowship in microbiology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio.

The American Board of Pathologists has certified Dr. Cornish in antomic and clinical pathology, with a special qualification examination in medical microbiology. She holds licensure in Nebraska and Vermont.

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.