|Published on September 15, 2005
Houston Pathologist Named Frank C. Coleman Award for Public Service Winner
Northfield, IL.—Richard J. Hausner, MD, FCAP, of Houston was honored for his outstanding dedication to political and community life and for his extraordinary public service throughout the nation at a ceremony held in Chicago at CAP ’05 — the annual meeting of the College of American Pathologist—on Sept. 11, 2005.
Dr. Hausner received the Frank C. Coleman Award for Public Service through his work on the CAP Political Action Committee, the Council on Government and Professional Affairs, and in other areas. Dr. Hausner has worked steadily as an advocate to help ensure the College meets its legislative goals.
"I am honored to have received the Coleman Award from my peers at the College," said Dr. Hausner. "I am thrilled that my colleagues understand and share my passion to promote pathology through mentorship and education to help explain the vital role pathologists play in patient health wellness."
Dr. Hausner's conscientious attention to patient care and his dedication to the College and its programs were recognized in 1992 when he received the CAP Foundation Herbert Lansky Memorial Award. He has also received the George T. Caldwell Distinguished Service Award in 2000 sponsored by the Texas Society of Pathologists.
Dr. Hausner served on the Board of Governors for the College from 1996-2002 and was a Texas delegate to the House of Delegates from 1984-1996. He returned to the House in 2003 as foreman of the Texas Delegation. He has been a member of numerous CAP committees, including the PAC Board of Directors, Commission on Laboratory Accreditation, Government Affairs Committee, Nominating Committee, Medical Community Relations committee, CAP Foundation Advisory Board, and the HOD Nominating Committee.
Dr. Hausner is a past president of the Houston Society of Clinical Pathologists and the Texas Society of Pathologists. He has also served as a trustee of the American Pathology Foundation. He has served as president of the Harris County Medical Society and is a current trustee of the Gulf Coast regional Blood Center.
He earned his BA degree from Brooklyn College and received his MD from State University of New York, Upstate Medical Center. Dr. Hausner completed his internship in pediatrics at the University of Michigan and served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant before entering his pathology residency at University of Florida.
Academics are also part of Dr. Hausner's life work. He is currently clinical professor of pathology at both Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, in addition to being chair of the department of pathology at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center. He is an associate editor of the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Dr. Hausner is an experienced speaker on subjects related to payment in pathology practice and is often invited to speak at pathology symposia and academic departments.
The College of American Pathologists is a medical society that serves nearly 16,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world's largest association composed exclusively of pathologist and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The CAP is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective patient care.