College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on October 10, 2009

Contact: Julie Monzo

Fullerton Pathologist Named Recipient of the Distinguished Patient Care Award by College of American Pathologists

Northfield, IL.—Patrick L. Fitzgibbons, MD, FCAP, a pathologist from Fullerton, Calif. was honored with the College of American Pathologists Distinguished Patient Care Award at a ceremony held on October 10, 2009, Washington, DC at the College’s annual meeting, CAP ’09 – THE Pathologists’ Meeting™.

Dr. Fitzgibbons was recognized for his impact on patient care and the practice of pathology through his involvement in the development and implementation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)/CAP HER2 testing guidelines. The HER2 guidelines demonstrate the importance of effective relationships between pathologists and oncologists in ensuring that patients receive appropriate care.

“I am honored to receive the Distinguished Patient Care Award and recognize that through the College of American Pathologists, I have been better able to serve my patients, their families, and the public,” said Dr. Fitzgibbons.

Dr. Fitzgibbons has served as chair of several CAP committees including the Surgical Pathology Committee, the Immunohistochemistry Committee, and the Histotechnology Committee. In addition to his extensive involvement with the CAP, Dr. Fitzgibbons has also served on the Los Angeles Society of Pathologists Board of Directors. Dr. Fitzgibbons is Associate Editor for Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and is an Editorial Board Member for the American Journal of Clinical Pathology.

After receiving his BS from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., Dr. Fitzgibbons continued to complete his MD cum laude there. He completed his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at University of Southern California Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif., followed by a fellowship in surgical pathology at Stanford University Medical Center in Stanford, Calif. He is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, as well as Cytopathology.

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.