Published on October 1, 2007
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The College of American Pathologists Honors
New York Pathologist with Lifetime Achievement Award
Joan H. Howanitz, MD, FCAP, receives award for positive impact on the pathology profession
Northfield, IL.—Joan H. Howanitz, MD, FCAP, of Brooklyn, N.Y. was one of six recipients of the 2007 College of American Pathologists (CAP) Lifetime Achievement Award recognized at a ceremony held on Sept. 29, 2007, in Chicago at the College’s annual meeting, CAP ’07—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. Howanitz is recognized for her service as a member, chair, and advisor to the CAP Chemistry Resource and Special Chemistry Committees, her support of the College’s EXCEL committee, as well as her representation of the College as a liaison to the American Association of Clinical Chemistry. Her service and dedication over the years has contributed greatly to the advancement of patient care, the pathology profession, as well as the College.
“I am deeply honored to receive this award from the College of American Pathologists,” said Dr. Howanitz. “Being recognized by an organization that demonstrates leadership in the improvement of patient care is particularly rewarding.”
Currently, Dr. Howanitz serves as director of Laboratories at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. She also serves as the associate director of Laboratories and director of Clinical Chemistry, as well as vice-chair for Administration at State University of New York at Brooklyn. Previously, she was the medical director in the School of Medical technology, the chief of Clinical Pathology in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and the chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at West Los Angeles VA Medical Center. She also served as vice-chair in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at University of California in Los Angeles.
Dr. Howanitz attended Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y., where she earned her BA degree. She went on to receive her MD magna cum laude from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Howanitz completed her internship and residency in medicine at State University of New York, Health Science Center at Syracuse in Syracuse, N.Y. There, she also completed her fellowship training. Dr. Howanitz completed her residency in clinical pathology at Presbyterian Hospital, College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in New York, N.Y.
The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving nearly 16,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective medical care.