Published on April 28, 2005
College of American Pathologists Applauds Brooklyn
Pathologist and Laboratory Director for Receiving IQLM Award
Northfield, IL.—Peter J. Howanitz,
MD, FCAP, professor, vice chair and laboratory director of the department
of pathology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, is a recipient
of the 2005 Improved Quality Processes Award. The award, sponsored by
the Institute for Quality in Laboratory Medicine (IQLM), will be presented
during a ceremony on April 28 in Atlanta at that organization’s
inaugural conference: "Recognizing Excellence in Practice."
Dr. Howanitz was one of 10 visionaries awarded for his determined pursuit
of quality improvements for laboratory tests and services.
During the inaugural IQLM conference, each honoree will be recognized
for his or her excellence in practice and will participate in a series
of "Ask the Expert" sessions to both teach and inform conference
"IQLM strives to improve laboratory services for patients,"
Dr. Howanitz said. "I am honored to be a part of the IQLM, and I’m
pleased to be recognized for my efforts to affect change in quality processes."
Dr. Howanitz is currently chair of the College of American Pathologists’
(CAP) Point of Care Testing Committee and a member of the CAP’s
Council on Scientific Affairs and the Education and Strategic Planning
Committees. He has also served as chair of the Quality Practices Committee.
Dr. Howanitz has generously dedicated thousands of hours to improving
the quality of medical testing available to patients.
"We applaud Dr. Howanitz for his outstanding contributions as a
fellow and committee member of the College of American Pathologists and
as an award recipient at the first IQLM conference, which showcases best
practices in the field of laboratory medicine," said CAP President
Mary Kass, MD, FCAP. "Dr. Howanitz exemplifies the very best the
College offers to the field of pathology to help ensure the health and
wellness of our nation's patients."
The Institute for Quality in Laboratory Medicine is a new public-private
partnership organization formed to engage the health care community in
improving the use of laboratory tests and services. It is among the first
organizations to bring together clinicians and laboratory professionals,
patients and manufacturers, government and accrediting bodies to work
on advancing substantial improvements in quality, effectiveness, safety
and appropriateness for the broad universe of laboratory.
The College of American Pathologists (CAP)
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 pathologists and is widely considered
the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The CAP is an advocate for
high quality and cost-effective patient care.