College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on October 10, 2009

Contact: Julie Monzo

Utah Pathologist Re-Elected Governor of College of American Pathologists

National pathologists’ association re-elects M. Elizabeth H. Hammond, MD, FCAP

Northfield, IL.—M. Elizabeth H. Hammond, MD, FCAP, was recently re-elected to her second full term as a member of the Board of Governors of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and was sworn in at a ceremony held in Washington, D.C., on October 10, 2009, at the College’s annual meeting, CAP ’09 – The Pathologists’ Meeting™. Previously, Dr. Hammond served on the College’s Board from 2003 to 2006.

“It is an honor and a privilege to once again serve the membership of the College and the profession of pathology as a member of the CAP Board of Governors,” said Dr. Hammond. “As a governor, I hope to continue to work with CAP leadership to develop guidelines and guidance documents for pathologists through the College’s Pathology and Laboratory Quality Center, or “the Center”, for short. With my experience as an educator and expert in immunopathology, I look forward to creating effective ways to implement guidelines into pathology practice which will benefit our patients and our profession.”

Currently, Dr. Hammond is an attending pathologist and trustee with Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah. She also holds the position of professor of Pathology and adjunct professor of Internal Medicine in Cardiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Additionally, she serves as director of Cardiac Transplant Pathology with the Utah Cardiac Transplant Program in Salt Lake City, executive editor for pathology publications and online products with Amirsys Incorporated, and as a consultant pathologist with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City.

Previously, Dr. Hammond was the president of the Utah Society of Pathologists; president of the medical staff at LDS Hospital; chair of the Department of Pathology at Urban Central Region Hospitals in Sandy, Utah; and vice chair for translation research in the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group. She also served as vice-chair of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Group Banking Committee.

As an active member of the CAP, Dr. Hammond currently chairs the Ad Hoc Committee for Center Plan Development and the chair of the ad hoc committee for the Breast Cancer Predictive Factors Certificate Program. She also serves as co-chair of the CAP and American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) ER/PR Testing Guideline Development Panel and as a committee member with the Council on Scientific Affairs, the Council on Education, and the Public Affairs Committee. Previously, Dr. Hammond chaired the CAP Cancer Committee and Education Committee.

In addition to the CAP, Dr. Hammond is an active member of numerous professional societies, including the American Society for Clinical Pathology; the Cardiovascular Pathology Society; the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, the Society for Ultrastructural Pathology; and the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology.

Dr. Hammond received her MD in 1967 from the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City and went on to complete an internship with the University of Utah Health Science Center also in Salt Lake City. She completed her residency with Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass., and received fellowships from both the National Institutes of Health/Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, and from the Massachusetts General Hospital in Immunopathology/Research. She is also board certified in 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.