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Published on October 12, 2009

Contact: Julie Monzo
E-mail: media@cap.org

The College of American Pathologists Honors Houston Pathologist with Lifetime Achievement Award

John H. Eckfeldt, MD, PhD, FCAP, receives award for positive impact on the pathology profession

Northfield, IL.—John H. Eckfeldt, MD, PhD, FCAP, of Shoreview, Minn., was one of six recipients of the 2009 College of American Pathologists (CAP) Lifetime Achievement Award recognized at a ceremony held on October 12, 2009, in Washington DC at the College’s annual meeting, CAP ’09 – THE Pathologists’ Meeting™.

The CAP Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to recognize and honor members of the College who have made a broad and positive impact on the pathology profession through contributions to one or more areas of the College over an extended period of time.

Dr. Eckfeldt is honored for his distinguished years of service to the College on the Chemistry Resource, the Instrumentation, the Standards, the Biochemical and Molecular Genetics, the TDM/Endorine, and the Ligand Assay committees. His service and dedication over the years has contributed greatly to the advancement of patient care, the pathology profession, and the College of American Pathologists.

“It has been my privilege to serve the CAP over the years,” said Dr. Eckfeldt. “Everything I have done with the CAP, from the Biochemical and Molecular Genetics scientific resource committee to the International Standards Organization (ISO) Technical Committee, has been an incredible learning experience. For all of these opportunities and for this Lifetime Achievement Award, I am truly grateful.”

Dr. Eckfeldt holds the endowed Ellis Benson Professorship in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, where he is also the vice chair for clinical affairs. In addition, he directs biochemical and genetic testing for numerous national NIH-sponsored, multi-center studies. Dr. Eckfeldt also directed the central laboratory for the Hemochromatosis and Iron Overload Screening (HEIRS) Study, which is one of the largest genetic screening research studies ever undertaken by NIH, and chaired its Steering Committee. Dr. Eckfeldt was previously chief of staff at Fairview-University Medical center in Minneapolis, Minn., and also served as medical director for the Clinical Laboratories there for many years.

In addition to his extensive involvement with the CAP, Dr. Eckfeldt is a member of numerous associations including the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, where he was chair of the Midwest Section, the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and scientists, where he served as Director, and the Minnesota Society of Pathologists, where he served as both director and president.

Dr. Eckfeldt graduated cum laude with a BS in chemistry from University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Penn. He went on to receive his MS in physical chemistry from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. He then returned to the University of Pennsylvania where he completed his MD and PhD in biophysics. Dr. Eckfeldtcompleted his residency in clinical and chemical pathology at The University of Minnesota. He is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Clinical and Chemical Pathology.

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is a medical society serving more than 17,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board certified pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective patient care.