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 Olympia Fields Pathologist with Lifetime Achievement Award

NORTHFIELD, ILL.—Alvin M. Ring, MD, FCAP, a pathologist from Olympia Fields, Ill. was awarded with the College of American Pathologists Lifetime Achievement Award at a special ceremony held in Dallas on September 13, 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. Ring has served as an inspector in the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program. He also has been a member of the Insurance and Membership Committees and served as chairman of the taskforce on emeritus members. He is currently a member of the CAP Political Action Committee and the CAP Foundation Awards Subcommittee. In addition, Dr. Ring is an active member of the CAP Spokespersons Network and House of Delegates. He also is a member of the CAP Advocacy Network, and he has led three laboratory tours with local US congressmen.

“It has been a privilege to serve the College in many roles on behalf of patients and the specialty,” said Dr. Ring. “I am truly gratified to receive this recognition from my peers and the College, and I look forward to ongoing opportunities to serve our profession.”

In addition to his extensive work and contributions to the CAP, Dr. Ring has served as medical director for hospital laboratories for more than 30 years where he chaired numerous hospital and organizational committees, including the Golf and Tennis Charity Event and Physicians’ Employee Appreciation Event.

During his career, Dr. Ring established medical technology and histotechnology teaching programs and served as a chairman of the National Accrediting Agency for five years. He also developed and coordinated national postgraduate and board review courses for pathologists, primary care physicians, and surgeons and authored four textbooks and many scientific papers. Dr. Ring also has served on the editorial boards of two journals.

His involvement in pathology organizations at the state and local level includes serving on boards and on committees for the Illinois Society of Pathology and the Chicago Pathology Society. He also was on the Board of Trustees for the Association for Brain Tumor Research. Dr. Ring has been a member of the Illinois State Medical Society, Chicago Medical Society, American Association of Blood Banks, American Chemical Society, and the American Association of Clinical Chemists.

In addition, Dr. Ring has been active in his community, serving as a consultant with the Executive Service Corps, mentoring high school students and serving not-for-profit community organizations, and acting as a member of a resource committee for the Chicago Public Schools. He has owned and directed private medical and environmental laboratories, has been a consultant to physician office laboratories, and has coordinated seminars in estate planning and investments.

Dr. Ring is the chief pathologist and medical director of laboratories at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet, Illinois. Dr. Ring also is a clinical professor of pathology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and was adjunct professor and medical director of the medical technology program at Moraine Valley Community College.

Dr. Ring was recognized for his achievements by having biographical sketches in Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World.

Dr. Ring graduated with a BS from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. He received his MD at the University of Michigan College of Medicine in Ann Arbor, where he was president of the Phi Lambda Kappa medical fraternity, and completed his residency in pathology at both Mt. Carmel Hospital in Detroit and at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago.

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.