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

The College of American Pathologists Honors Rochester Pathologist with Laboratory Improvement Program Service Award

NORTHFIELD, ILL.—Joseph E. Parisi, MD, FCAP, a pathologist from Rochester, Minn., was honored with the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Laboratory Improvement Program Service Award at a ceremony held in Dallas on September 13, 2011, at CAP ’11 — THE Pathologists’Meeting™.

The award, established in 2006, is presented to an individual serving within the ranks of the CAP’s Council on Scientific Affairs (CSA) who has demonstrated exceptional service. Dr. Parisi received this award for his outstanding contributions and service to the CAP Laboratory Improvement Programs.

Dr. Parisi is acknowledged for his more than15 years of tremendous service to the College’s Neuropathology program, helping it grow and improve with an unwavering dedication to excellence and quality. Dr. Parisi began his involvement with the Neuropathology Committee in 1995 and since then has served in virtually every role as a member, advisor, vice chair, and chair.

“The CAP has a worldwide reputation for excellence in quality laboratory practices and support and education of pathologists that translate into excellence in patient care,” said Dr. Parisi. “Being able to participate in these endeavors has been a highlight of my professional life.”

Currently, Dr. Parisi is a consultant in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and Professor of Pathology, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he also serves as director of Fellowship Training in Neuropathology.

Before he joined the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Parisi served as Chair of the Department of Neuropathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.

Dr. Parisi received his BS from Syracuse University, and his MD from the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical Center. He completed his internship in surgery with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, followed by further training in neurosurgery, anatomic pathology and neuropathology at the Upstate Medical Center.

Dr. Parisi is an extremely active and involved member of the CAP. In addition to his pivotal role on the Neuropathology Committee, Dr. Parisi is a currently a member of the Autopsy Committee and the Cancer Protocol Editorial Panel, and has previously served as a member of the CSA Education Working Group. He is also a recent recipient of the prestigious CAP Transformation Spotlight Service Award, presented to him in recognition of outstanding transformational behavior and exceptional patient care.

Dr. Parisi served as president of the American Association of Neuropathologists from 2003 to 2004. He received the American Association of Neuropathologists Award for Meritorious Contributions to Neuropathology in 2006, and was honored with an annual “named” lectureship in 2007. He is the author of nearly 300 scientific articles, and has been a member of numerous professional editorial boards.

Dr. Parisi was previously a member of the United States Department of Defense's Defense Health Board, and chair of its Scientific Advisory Board for Pathology and Laboratory Services. He is also a member of the Neuropathology Test Committee of the American Board of Pathology and an advisory panel member for the Food and Drug Administration, among numerous other appointments.

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.