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

Houston Pathologist Elected Governor of the College of American Pathologists
National pathologist association elects Elizabeth A. Wagar, MD, FCAP

NORTHFIELD, ILL.—Elizabeth A. Wagar, MD, FCAP of Houston, Texas was recently elected to her first full term as a member of the Board of Governors of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and was sworn in at a ceremony held in Dallas on September 10, 2011, at CAP ’11 — THE Pathologists’Meeting™.

“I am very grateful and humbled to be chosen by my peers to serve as a member of the CAP Board of Governors,” said Dr. Wagar. “As a governor, I will focus on expanding my creative services to the College toward the challenges of the new health care initiatives.”

Dr. Wagar is a member of the CAP’s Microbiology Resource and Standards Committees, and a Team Leader for the CAP’s Laboratory Accreditation Program.

Her creative contributions to the College include the development of online teaching modules for laboratory directors, multiple practice management modules, and quality/patient safety teleconferences. Previous CAP committee involvement includes the Inspection Process, Management Resources, Quality Management, and CAP Nominating Committees. Dr. Wagar has also served as a delegate for the CAP House of Delegates, California delegation.

Currently, Dr. Wagar holds the positions of Chair- Department of Laboratory Medicine, Professor, and Jose M. Trujillo Endowed Chair, at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Previous honors include Distinguished Professor from the MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2010, and the Faramarz Naeim Teaching Award in Clinical Pathology, from the UCLA Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, in 2002.

In addition to her association with the College of American Pathologists, Dr. Wagar is an active member of the American Medical Association, the American Society for Clinical Pathology, and the American Society for Microbiology. Previous professional positions held by Dr. Wagar include Laboratory Director and Residency Program Director for the UCLA Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Chair of the ASCP Annual Meeting Committee, and Co-Chair for the CDC IQLM Benchmarks Committee.

Dr. Wagar received her MD in 1981 from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. She completed her internship, residency, and fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, and is board certified in 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.