College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on September 10, 2012

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

Lexington Pathologist Receives College of American Pathologists Public Service Award

Northfield, IL—The College of American Pathologists (CAP) awarded Susan Spires, MD, FCAP, from Lexington, Ky., the CAP Public Service Award at a special ceremony held on September 8, 2012, in San Diego, Calif., at the College’s annual meeting, CAP ’12 – THE Pathologists’ Meeting™.

The CAP established the award to recognize the College’s sixth president Frank C. Coleman, MD, FCAP. It is the CAP’s highest honor for outstanding accomplishments and dedication to political and civic life and to public service in the United States. Dr. Spires was recognized for her advocacy on behalf of the specialty of pathology, and ultimately, patients. She also is honored for her continuous years of service as the CAP representative for pathology on the American Medical Association (AMA) Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC).

“I am deeply humbled to be recognized by my peers with the CAP Public Service Award,” Dr. Spires said. “I would like to thank the College for presenting many opportunities throughout my career to serve the profession, as well as my community.”

Dr. Spires is an associate professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, and serves as the medical director of laboratories at UKHS Good Samaritan Hospital, also in Lexington. Previously, she served as a pathologist with Ameripath Kentucky in Lexington.

Joining the CAP in 1985, Dr. Spires is currently a member of the Economic Affairs Committee. In addition, she has also served on the House of Delegates, holding numerous positions, and on the Strategic Planning Committee.

Dr. Spires received a BA in biochemistry from Centre College of Kentucky in Danville. She earned a MD, graduating summa cum laude, from the University of Kentucky, College of Medicine, and went on to complete her residency and two fellowships—one in surgical and another in cytopathology—while there.

She is a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners. The American Board of Pathology has certified Dr. Spires in anatomic and clinical pathology, with special qualification in cytopathology.

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.