College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on September 12, 2011

Contact: Julie Monzo
College of American Pathologists
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Carolyn Barth
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Omaha Pathologist Elected College of American Pathologists President-Elect

National Pathologist Association Elects Gene N. Herbek, MD, FCAP

Northfield, IL.—Gene N. Herbek, MD, FCAP, of Omaha, Neb. was sworn in as president-elect of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) on September 10, at a ceremony held at the College’s annual meeting, CAP ’11 – THE Pathologists’ Meeting™. In addition to his previous four years of service as secretary-treasurer, Dr. Herbek served on the College’s Board of Governors from 1998 to 2004.

“I am deeply honored to have been selected by my peers to serve as president elect of the College of American Pathologists.” said Dr. Herbek. “I want to take what I have learned in my five years as secretary-treasurer and six years as governor to further the College’s mission, vision, and core values. I will use my passion for the College to provide steady leadership in difficult economic and political times, and to support the transformation program as the catalyst to prepare our members for a wide variety of practice settings in the future.”

Throughout his career, Dr. Herbek has been actively involved in the CAP. He currently serves as chair of the Finance Committee and Audit Subcommittee. In addition, Dr. Herbek is a member of the College’s Compensation Committee, Executive Committee, and Investment Subcommittee. Previously, he served as chair of the CAP Political Action Committee, the CAP Council on Membership and Public Affairs, and as vice-chair of the CAP Council on Scientific Affairs.

At the College’s annual meeting in 2005, Dr. Herbek received the CAP Outstanding Communicator Award, established in honor of William H. Kuehn, PhD, for his efforts to raise public awareness about the role that pathologists play in both determining the cause of illness and in the preventive health care available to patients. Additionally, he was awarded the CAP President’s Honors Award in 2001 and 2004.

Also in 2004, Dr. Herbek was honored at the College’s annual meeting for his outstanding efforts, dedication, vision, and support of the CAP Foundation’s Humanitarian Grant Program. This program provides grants to members of the College to fund pathology and medical services to under-privileged patients in underdeveloped areas of the world. He is also a past recipient of the CAP Foundation’s Lansky Award.

In addition to his membership with the CAP, Dr. Herbek is a member of the American Pathology Foundation, the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, the American Society for Clinical Pathology, the American Medical Association, and the American Association of Blood Banks. He is also an active member of numerous local pathology societies, including the Nebraska Medical Association, the Metro Omaha Medical Society, the Nebraska Association of Pathologists, as well as the Iowa, Texas, California, and Florida state pathology societies.

Currently, Dr. Herbek holds the position of anatomic and clinical pathologist and medical director of Transfusion and Coagulation Services for The Pathology Center of Methodist Hospital, Omaha, Neb. He also serves as Medical Director for the Methodist Women’s Hospital Laboratory, as a consulting pathologist for the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, and as assistant clinical professor of Pathology with the Nebraska Medical Center, also in Omaha.

Dr. Herbek received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He completed his residency in both anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and is certified by the American Board of Pathology in both anatomic and clinical pathology.

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.