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) awarded John K. Duckworth, MD, FCAP, from Memphis, Tenn., the CAP Lifetime Achievement Award at a special ceremony held on September 10, 2012, in San Diego, Calif., at the College’s annual meeting, CAP ’12 — 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. Duckworth was recognized for his tireless devotion and commitment to the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program.

“I am proud to have contributed to the outstanding programs developed by the CAP, which enhance the delivery of patient care,” said Dr. Duckworth. “It’s rewarding to collaborate with my esteemed colleagues, and I am humbled to receive an award for work I am deeply committed.”

Since joining the College in 1965, Dr. Duckworth has served as a member of the CAP Board of Governors from 1987–1993. His service to the College has been instrumental, having chaired the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation and serving as vice chair on the Commission on Inspection and Accreditation, where he also was the Gulf Regional Commissioner. In addition, Dr. Duckworth was a member of the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation and Standards, and in 1982, he was recipient of the CAP Outstanding Service Award, established in honor of Frank W. Hartman.

Throughout the years, he has served on numerous councils and committees, including the Council on Quality Assurance, the CAP/Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals Working Group, and the CAP/Health Care Financing Administration Centers for Disease Control Working Committee. Dr. Duckworth also was the chair of the Council on Practice Management.

In addition to his service to the CAP, Dr. Duckworth has been an active member of numerous professional societies, including the American Medical Association, American Board of Pathology, and the American Society of Microbiologists. He also served as president of the Tennessee Society of Pathologists and the Memphis Society of Pathologists.

Most recently, Dr. Duckworth was the director of the pathology residency program and a professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Medicine in Memphis. He also served as a consultant to the Methodist University Hospital, also in Memphis. Dr. Duckworth is the founder and president of the Duckworth Pathology Group, a leader in delivering quality pathology services to the Memphis region for more than 45 years. The group is made up of 18 pathologists with a wide range of subspecialty expertise.

Dr. Duckworth received a bachelor’s of science degree in marine engineering at the United States Merchant Marine Cadet Corps (Kingspoint), and went on to earn a MD from the University of Tennessee, Memphis School of Medicine.

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.