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) Foundation awarded Melissa Austin, MD, from Seattle, Wash., the CAP Foundation Leadership Development Award at a special ceremony held in San Diego, Calif., on September 8, 2012, at CAP ’12 — THE Pathologists’ Meeting™.

Dr. Austin is recognized for being a strong advocate for health care policy at the on behalf of patients and pathologists at all levels of government.

“I am deeply honored to receive a Leadership Development Award from the CAP Foundation,” said Dr. Austin. “I look forward to my continued participation with CAP Foundation on behalf of patients nationwide.”

The CAP Foundation’s Leadership Development Award seeks to enhance the education and experience of young pathologists by immersing them in the concerns confronting the specialty of pathology and illustrating the necessity to establish a patient-centered practice.

Currently, Dr. Austin is an anatomic and clinical pathology resident at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. Prior to her residency, she completed a Transitional Intern year at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Austin also served as the Group Medical Officer for the Commander, Naval Surface Group, Middle Pacific (CNSGMP), in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and was a chemistry instructor for the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School in USAFA, Colorado.

Dr. Austin graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of engineering degree in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. She went on to earn a master of basic science degree in bioinformatics from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Dr. Austin received an MD from the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center (UCDHSC), School of Medicine, where she was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Holding numerous leadership positions, Dr. Austin served as the transitional chief intern for the National Naval Medical Center and president and vice president of the UCDHSC Medical Student Council, as well as a student member of the UCDHSC School of Medicine Admissions Committee. While there, she also founded and served as president of the Pathology Interest Group.

About the CAP and the CAP Foundation 
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.

The CAP Foundation, the College’s philanthropic arm, supports patient-centered and humanitarian initiatives lead by pathologists, striving to connect people in underserved communities with the specialized skills of pathologists.