College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on October 12, 2009

Contact: Julie Monzo

Utah Pathologist Awarded Grant for Humanitarian Efforts

Ronald M. Harris, MD, MBA, FCAP, FAAD, receives grant to purchase medical equipment & supplies to increase the quality of HIV/AIDS screening and testing for affected residents of Kenya

Northfield, IL.—Ronald M. Harris, MD, MBA, FCAP, FAAD, recipient of the 2009 College of American Pathologists (CAP) Foundation Humanitarian Grant Award, was recognized at a ceremony held on October 11, in Washington, DC at CAP ’09 – THE Pathologists’ Meeting™.

The CAP Foundation’s Humanitarian Grant Program provides grants to members of the College, which are used to fund pathology and medical services to underprivileged patients in an underdeveloped area of the world. This grant will enable Dr. Harris to purchase medical equipment and supplies to enhance the quality of HIV/AIDS screening and testing for residents of Kenya.

The Humanitarian Grant Award will allow Dr. Harris to procure much needed medical equipment, including a Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), CD4 reagents, HIV ELISA reagents, and PCR Primers. The funds will increase the quality of HIV/AIDS screening for the region, whose HIV/AIDS infected population is estimated to be more than 150,000 adults and children. Dr. Harris helped to establish the Comprehensive Care Center in Nakuru, Kenya, with grant support from the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative in 2005.

Currently, Dr. Harris serves as associate professor in the Departments of Dermatology and Pathology as well as associate vice president for Health Sciences Diversity at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Previously, he served as staff pathologist and dermatopathologist at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City.

In addition to the College of American Pathologists, Dr. Harris is a member of many professional societies, including the American Medical Association, the American Society for Clinical Pathologists, and the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology. He also is a member of the Intermountain Dermatology Society, the American Society of Dermatopathology, the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the Utah Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, and the International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology.

After completing his BS degree in biochemistry/biophysics at the University of California at Davis, Dr. Harris went on to receive his MD from University of California, San Francisco, and his MBA from University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. He completed his internship at Kaiser-Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco, his pathology residency at Penrose-St. Francis Healthcare System in Colorado Springs, and his clinical dermatology residency at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City. Dr. Harris also completed a dermatopathology fellowship at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

He is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, by the American Boards of Pathology and Dermatology in Dermatopathology, and by the American Board of Dermatology in Clinical Dermatology.

The College of American Pathologists Foundation promotes science and education in an effort to improve the delivery of pathology services to patients and expand medical research and funding of individual research projects through sponsorship of the Scholars Research Fellowship Program.

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.