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 Foundation Honors Victoria Pathologist with Lansky Award

NORTHFIELD, ILL.—Caroline Leilani Valdes, MD, FCAP, a pathologist from Victoria, Texas, was awarded with the College of American Pathologists Foundation Lansky Award at a special ceremony held in Dallas on September 10, 2011, at CAP ’11 — THE Pathologists’Meeting™.

Established in 1986 to honor Herbert Lansky, MD, FCAP, the award annually recognizes a practicing pathologist who exemplifies distinguished service and high standard of excellence in the laboratory in the best interests of patients. Dr. Valdes, who is making her mark on the specialty of pathology, has emerged as an engaged, recognized leader and influencer.

Dr. Valdes has made significant contributions to the College since joining in 2004 as a resident. In addition to having won a 2010 President’s Honors award for her dedication and involvement in the College, Dr. Valdes has served on numerous CAP committees, including the Member and Public Communications Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Strategy Management Committee, Federal and State Affairs Committee, and the Transformation Program Office Module 2 Committee.

She also currently participates in curriculum development for the CAP’s Advanced Practical Pathology Programs, serves on the Patient Simulations Program Task Force, and participates as an active member of the CAP Spokesperson Network. In addition, Dr. Valdes is the editor of NewsPath®, an online, scientific publication produced by the CAP, and serves as the chair of the NewsPath Editorial Board. She has also been an active member of the CAP Resident’s Forum over the years.

“I am so appreciative of the Lansky Award recognition and am motivated to be the mentor and resource to CAP members that so many have been to me,” said Dr. Valdes. “I feel fortunate in some small way to help shape the future of our profession and ensure that patients benefit from our commitment to excellence.”

Currently, Dr. Valdes serves as a staff pathologist at Regional Medical Laboratory in Victoria, Texas, where she practices anatomic and clinical pathology and dermatopathology, providing pathology coverage for Citizens Medical Center (CMC) and 11 other smaller community hospitals and physician offices throughout the region. At CMC, Dr. Valdes serves as a member of the Cancer Committee, the Infectious Control Committee, and the Physician Advisory Committee on Informatics. She also actively participates in Tumor Board and Breast Cancer Treatment conferences, providing didactic and case study presentations.

Dr. Valdes received her BA in theatre studies from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. She had a brief but successful career in marketing and public relations before pursuing a post baccalaureate program in science at Loyola Marymount University, beginning her career in medicine. Dr. Valdes graduated from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. Following her residency training in Los Angeles, she was a dermatopathology fellow at Duke University Medical Center.

The CAP Foundation champions patient-centered and humanitarian roles for pathologists. The Foundation connects people, especially those in need, to the specialized, lifesaving skills of pathologists. One of the Foundation’s most significant humanitarian funding efforts, the See, Test & Treat™ program, provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings to women in medically underserved communities throughout the United States.

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.