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Published on October 12, 2009

Contact: Julie Monzo

The College of American Pathologists Honors Chicago Resident with Outstanding Communicator Award

Northfield, IL.—Sandra B. Grear of Chicago, Ill., was honored for her professional communications leadership spanning nearly two decades at the College of American Pathologists (CAP) on October 10 at CAP ’09 – THE Pathologists’ Meeting™ held in Washington, DC. This award is traditionally given to a pathologist; Ms. Grear is the second layperson to receive this honor.

Ms. Grear received the William H. Kuehn, PhD, Outstanding Communicator Award for her efforts to raise public awareness regarding the pathologists’ indispensable role in assuring that patients receive safe, quality, and cost effective care.

While at the CAP, Ms. Grear has initiated and directed numerous programs, such as the CAP See, Test and Treat™ program, which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening tests and follow-up treatment in the same day to underserved and uninsured women, the award winning American Way advertising campaign, as well as the award-winning patient websites, and In addition, Ms. Grear continues to lead the College’s communication efforts through print and broadcast interviews, podcasts, and social networking—all in an effort to support pathologists in providing the public, patients, and other clinicians with vital preventative and life saving information.

“It is truly an honor to receive this prestigious award from the members that I admire so deeply,” said Ms. Grear. “I am humbled to accept this award on behalf of the talented, dedicated team with whom I am privileged to work everyday.”

Currently, Ms. Grear is vice president of Membership and Professional Development for the College of American Pathologists and executive sponsor for the College’s Transformation Communication work stream. Previously, Ms. Grear was a radio and television broadcast journalist. When she was recruited by the College, Ms. Grear was principal of her own New York-based communications consulting firm. In that capacity, she served as broadcast consultant and media crisis manager for candidates of both political parties, multinational corporations, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Ms. Grear has extensive training and experience in brand and reputation management and in cross-cultural and cross-generational communications.

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.

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