College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on September 11, 2012

Contact: Julie Monzo
Phone: 800-323-4040, ext. 7538


Northfield, IL. – The College of American Pathologists (CAP) presented John C.H. Steele Jr., MD, PhD, FCAP, from Augusta, Ga., with the CAP Laboratory Improvement Program Service Award at a special ceremony held on September 9, 2012, in San Diego, Calif., at the College‚Äôs annual meeting, CAP ’12 — THE Pathologists’ Meeting™.

Dr. Steele was recognized for his many years of service to the CAP Council on Scientific Affairs and for his collaborative work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) in the development of CAP Laboratory Improvement Programs, helping to ensure the delivery of high quality patient care.

“Through my involvement with the CAP for nearly 30 years, I never cease to be amazed by the commitment of my fellow pathologists to volunteer their time and efforts toward furthering the mission of the College, as well as the specialty,” said Dr. Steele.  “I am proud to be a part of such as dedicated group of physicians and am deeply honored to receive this award from my peers.”

As a microbiologist, Dr. Steele has served in a number of capacities, including as chair of the Microbiology Resource Committee, which routinely generates new concepts designed to advance the state-of-the-art in infectious disease detection. He has been a laboratory inspector and also has served as a member of the CAP’s Quality Practices Committee. Dr. Steele was a recipient of the CAP’s President’s Award in 2006 and the College’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.

Dr. Steele is the Walter L. Shepeard Professor of Pathology and CLIA-Laboratory Director at Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta. He has been a clinical pathologist for more than 30 years with special interests in clinical microbiology, antimicrobial stewardship, and the preanalytical and postanalytical phases of laboratory testing. In addition to his laboratory duties, he has twice served as interim chair of pathology and is the current chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee at Georgia Health Sciences University Medical Center.

Presently, Dr. Steele serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Clinical Pathology and as section editor of Clinical Laboratory Management (ASM Press). He was an active member of the Microbiology Test Development and Advisory Committee of the American Board of Pathology.

The College of American Pathologists (CAP), celebrating 50 years as the gold standard in laboratory accreditation, is a medical society serving more than 18,000 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.