Published on October 1, 2007
Contact: Julie Monzo
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Los Angeles Pathologist Awarded Grant for Humanitarian Efforts
James F. Keefe, MD, FCAP, Receives Grant to Train Pathologist to Provide Medical Services in Bhutan
Northfield, IL.—James F. Keefe, MD, FCAP, of Los Angeles, was one of five recipients of the 2007 College of American Pathologists (CAP) Foundation Humanitarian Grant Award recognized at a ceremony held on Sept. 29, 2007, in Chicago at CAP ’07 – The Pathologists’ Meeting™.
The CAP Foundation Humanitarian Grant Award 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 support the collaborative vision of Dr. Keefe and the Los Angeles Society of Pathology (LASOP) to greatly improve the medical care of the residents of Bhutan, located in the eastern Himalayas.
This project was developed through the LASOP, which has established a charitable education fund within the CAP Foundation. The fund supports the training of pathologists working in underdeveloped countries. Currently, Dr. Keefe is the chairman of LASOP and has been involved with the organization since 1988. LASOP has trained two pathologists to serve their developing home countries and would like to continue to train more pathologists.
This grant will allow Dr. Keefe to train a senior pathology resident to assist Dr. Krishna Sharma, who has spent one year training in Los Angeles. The funds will be used to pay for the trainee’s room and board, meals, travel, and miscellaneous expenses.
“I am pleased that the CAP has selected this project for the 2007 grant,” said Dr. Keefe. “The addition of another pathologist will greatly improve the delivery of medical care to the more than 800,000 residents of Bhutan.”
Dr. Keefe currently serves as a staff pathologist at Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood, Calif. He has also served as assistant chief of Anatomic Pathology at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C., and at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Keefe received his undergraduate education, as well as his MD from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. He completed his internship and began his residency training at Tripler Army Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii, completing his residency at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C.
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 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.