College of American Pathologists

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Published on October 12, 2009

Contact: Julie Monzo

The College of American Pathologists Honors Palo Alto Pathologist with Lifetime Achievement Award

Seth L. Haber, MD, FCAP, receives award for positive impact on the pathology profession

Northfield, IL.—Seth L. Haber, MD, FCAP, a 42 year resident of Palo Alto, Calif., 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. Haber will be honored for his years of distinguished service to the CAP, including more than 35 years on the Publications Committee and six years on the Membership Committee. Dr. Haber wrote the “Innovations in Pathology” column, which appeared in CAP Today for more than 35 years—the longest span in American medicine. His service and dedication have contributed significantly to the advancement of patient care, the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, the profession of pathology, and the College.

“I am honored and humbled to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the College,” said Dr. Haber. “I accepted it with pride and plan to continue my work in pathology to help advance patient care and the specialty.”

Dr. Haber was the founding chief of Pathology at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Clara for 35 years, until his retirement in 1998. During that time, he was an elected member of the Permanente Medical Group Board of Directors for nine years. He served as the director of Clinical Research and as a director of Medical Education at Kaiser Foundation Hospitals in Northern California. Dr. Haber was also the founding president of the Kai-Perm Federal Credit Union in Santa Clara, as well as Registrar, Sommelier, and president of the South Bay Pathology Society.

In addition to helping human patients, Dr. Haber was able to use his scientific and medical expertise as a consultant pathologist at the San Francisco Zoo for more than 20 years. In this role, he autopsied elephants, lions, bears, giraffes, monkeys, and a gorilla.

Dr. Haber has been on the volunteer clinical teaching faculty at Stanford University for 30 years, with the rank of full professor since 1987. In June 2009, he was honored by the University of Chicago with its Distinguished Service Award. He is also a member of Mensa, and was the cofounder of PATHCO as well as its chief financial officer and president for 45 years.

Dr. Haber graduated, interned, and was a resident and fellow at the University of Chicago and the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Oakland, Calif. He has been certificated since 1963 by the American Board of Pathology in both Clinical Pathology and Anatomic 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.