Published on: September 19, 2005
The College of American Pathologists Honors California Pathologist with the Frank W. Hartman Memorial Award
Northfield, IL.—William R. Dito, MD, FCAP, of La Jolla, Calif., was
awarded The Frank W. Hartman Memorial Award for his many years of service to
the College of American Pathologists at CAP ’05, the CAP’s annual meeting—on
Sept. 11, 2005.
Dr. Dito is recognized for the significant contributions he has made to the
College while chairing the Information Science and Technology Committee and
the Telepathology Planning Committee.
"I am pleased to receive the 2005 Frank W. Hartman Award from the College of
American Pathologists," said Dr. Dito. " I am grateful that my peers
appreciate the enthusiasm I have for pathology and for patient health and
Dr. Dito served as a member of the CAP Board of Governors from 1998-2004 and
as a regional commissioner for the Laboratory Accreditation Program for the
Southwest from 1995-1998. Awards received include the CAP Presidents Medal in
1997 and 2004, the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society for
Clinical Pathology, the ASCP/CAP Distinguished Service Award in 1998. In
addition, in 2004, he was named as an API Honorary Pathology Informatics
Retired from active practice since 1995, Dr. Dito held positions most recently
as division head of laboratory medicine at Scripps Clinic and Research
Foundation in La Jolla, Calif., as chief of laboratory services at Veterans
Administration Hospital in Tucson and as an associate professor of pathology
at the University of Arizona School of Medicine in Tucson. Earlier, he served
as director of laboratories at Pontiac General Hospital in Michigan, as chief
of clinical pathology at Letterman Army Hospital in San Francisco and as chief
of Laboratory service at 20th Station Hospital in Nuremberg, Germany.
Dr. Dito, who has been a visiting professor at Gorgas Army Hospital in the
Panama Canal Zone, at Madigan Army Hospital in Tacoma, Wash., and at Beaumont
Army Hospital, is still actively involved in academia. He has served on the
editorial boards of the American Journal of Clinical Pathology, Laboratory
Medicine, Archives of Pathology and the Clinical Laboratory Management
Association, and he was the editor for Informatics in Pathology, by Grune and
Stratton, from 1991-1994.
Coupled with his numerous workshops and lectures at national, state and local
scientific meetings, universities and hospitals, Dr. Dito has published nearly
80 pieces including about 25 original peer-reviewed papers on various
anatomical and clinical pathology topics. He co-edited four immunology books
and one on therapeutic drug monitoring; wrote chapters on amniotic fluid
analysis, informatics and immunoassay procedures; and published many trade
journal articles on related subjects.
A former major in the U.S. army, Dr. Dito completed his undergraduate studies
at University of San Francisco in California before he received his medical
degree from Stritch School of Medicine of Loyola University of Chicago.
Board-certified in both clinical and anatomic pathology, as well as
radioisotopic pathology, Dr. Dito interned at Detroit Receiving Hospital and
served his residency at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C.
The College of American Pathologists is a
medical society that serves nearly 16,000 physician members and the laboratory
community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed
exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory
quality assurance. The CAP is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective