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 Diane L. Persons, MD, FCAP, from Kansas City, Mo., 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.

“I would like to thank the College of American Pathologists for the honor of receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Dr. Persons. “It has been a great privilege to have the opportunity to participate in College activities as the College continues to provide high-quality services to its members and to the pathology community.”

As an active member of the College, Dr. Persons chaired the CAP/ACMG Cytogenetics Resource Committee and the Molecular Pathology and Genetics Cluster. She also served as a member of numerous councils and committees, including the Council on Scientific Affairs, the CAP/ACMG Cytogenetics Resource Committee, the Molecular Pathology Resource Committee, and the Molecular Oncology Resource Committee.

In addition to the CAP, Dr. Persons is a member of many other national professional organizations, including the American Association for Cancer Research, American Medical Association, American College of Medical Genetics, American Society of Human Genetics, Association of Clinical Scientists, the Association for Molecular Pathology, and the Southwest Oncology Group. Dr. Persons is presently on the editorial boards of Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science and Cancer Genetics.

Dr. Persons has held progressively responsible positions at the University of Kansas Medical Center In Kansas City. Currently, Dr. Persons is a professor and director of the cytogenetics laboratory. She has also served as the director of the pathology residency program over the past several years.

Dr. Persons earned her BS in biology from Mankato State University in Minnesota. She went on to receive a MA in microbiology from the University of Kansas in Lawrence and a MD from the University of Kansas Medical Center, where she completed her pathology residency program. Dr. Persons then completed two fellowships in research and in clinical cytogenetics at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minn. The American Board of Pathology has certified Dr. Persons in anatomic pathology; the American Board of Medical Genetics has certified her in clinical cytogenetics.

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.