College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on September 12, 2011

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

Carolyn Barth
800-323-4040, ext. 7185

The College of American Pathologists Recognizes Houston Pathologist with the Resident Advocate Award

NORTHFIELD, ILL.— Suzanne Zein-Eldin Powell, MD, FCAP, of Houston, Texas, was honored with the Resident Advocate Award for outstanding contributions to and support of pathology residents at a ceremony held in Dallas on September 10, 2011, at CAP ’11 — THE Pathologists’Meeting™.

Dr. Powell was recognized for her tremendous contributions and support of pathology residents and fellows. Dr. Powell has worked extensively in the development of resident education with the College’s Residents Forum, and as current chair of the Residency Review Committee for Pathology of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and chair of the Residency Program Directors Section (PRODS) of the Association of Pathology Chairs.

A CAP Junior Member makes nominations for this award. Final candidate selection and review is done by the CAP’s Residents Forum Executive Committee, with approval by the CAP Board of Governors and is based upon outstanding contributions to and support of pathology. Since its inception, Dr. Powell is only the ninth esteemed pathologist to receive this prestigious award.

“I would like to thank the College of American Pathologists and, in particular, the members and leaders of its Residents Forum for this honor,” said Dr. Powell.

Dr. Powell has been a member of the College for more than 20 years, serving as vice-chair for both the Graduate Medical Education Committee and the Neuropathology Committee. She also was a member of the CAP Education/Curriculum Committee.

Additionally, Dr. Powell has actively served in leadership positions with local and national pathology organizations, including president and executive board member of the Houston Neurological Society, chair of the Association of Pathology Residency Directors, and executive council for the American Association of Neuropathologists.

Currently, Dr. Powell is the chief of neuropathology and vice chair of education in the Department of Pathology at the Methodist Hospital System and a consulting neuropathologist at the Texas Children’s Hospital and Ben Taub General Hospital, all in Houston. In addition, Dr. Powell is professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and clinical professor of pathology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Powell has also served as a consulting neuropathologist at the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office, Houston, and for the Medical Examiner’s Office, Districts III and VII, in Jacksonville, Fla.

Dr. Powell received her BME in music education from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She went on to receive her MD from West Virginia University in Morgantown. Dr. Powell completed her residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Florida Health Science Center, where she later became the chief resident in pathology. Dr. Powell also completed a fellowship in neuropathology from the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville.

The American Board of Pathologists has certified Dr. Powell in anatomic and neuropathology. She holds licensure in Florida and Texas.

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.