College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on September 13, 2011

Julie Monzo
September 12, 2011
800-323-4040, ext. 7538

Carolyn Barth
800-323-4040, ext. 7185

College of American Pathologists Honors Huntington Beach Pathologist with Lifetime Achievement Award

NORTHFIELD, ILL.—Gerald R. Hanson, MD, FCAP, a pathologist from Huntington Beach, Calif. was honored by the College of American Pathologists with the 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. Hanson’s extensive involvement with the College spans nearly three decades and includes service as chair of the Member and Professional Affairs Committee and vice chair of the Practice Management Committee. Currently, he is a member of the Council of Government and Professional Affairs and several work groups designed to enhance the delivery of patient care.

“I am deeply honored to receive this award from the College,” Dr. Hanson said, “I regard this as a tribute to my mentors and the many others that have inspired me throughout my career.”

In addition to the CAP, Dr. Hanson has held several leadership positions with the California Society of Pathologists, including president from 2000-2002 and vice president from 1997-1999. He also has held several roles within the American Pathology Foundation, including treasurer and member of the organization’s Board of Trustees.

Before his retirement in 2007, Dr. Hanson served as an associate pathologist, associate blood bank director, and the vice chairman and associate director in the Department of Pathology at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in Long Beach, Calif.

Dr. Hanson also was a clinical associate professor in Pathology at the University of California in Irvine, Calif.

Dr. Hanson received his BS in biological sciences from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Calif. He then received his MD from the University of California, Irvine–College of Medicine graduating first in his class. He completed his internship and residency in pathology from the University of California Irvine Orange County Medical Center also in Irvine. Dr. Hanson also completed a fellowship in hematopathology at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in Long Beach, Calif.

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.