College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on October 10, 2009

Contact: Julie Monzo

Massachusetts Pathologist Elected Governor of College of American Pathologists

National pathologists’ association elects George F. Kwass, MD, FCAP

Northfield, IL.—George F. Kwass, MD, FCAP, was recently elected to his first full term as a member of the Board of Governors of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and was sworn in at a ceremony held in Washington, D.C., on October 10, 2009, at the College’s annual meeting, CAP ’09 – THE Pathologists’ Meeting™.

“I am pleased to be selected by the CAP membership and the profession of pathology as a member of the CAP Board of Governors,” said Dr. Kwass. “The specialty of pathology is in a period of transformation. I am honored to use my extensive experience to advocate on behalf of pathologists and pathology to help advance the profession to ensure the delivery of high quality patient care.”

Currently, Dr. Kwass is the chair for the Department of Pathology with Merrimack Valley Hospital, located in Haverhill, Mass. Additionally, he chairs the CAP Economic Affairs Committee and is a member of the Council on Government and Professional Affairs. Dr. Kwass also served as the CAP representative for the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Resource-Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS) Update Committee.

In addition to the College of American Pathologists, Dr. Kwass has been an active member of numerous professional societies, including the American Medical Association, where he chaired the Research Subcommittee and the AMA RBRVS Update Committee, the Massachusetts Medical Society, and the Massachusetts Society of Pathologists, where he served as president. He is also a member of the New England Society of Pathologists and the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology.

Dr. Kwass was recognized by the College in 2008 with the CAP Public Service Award established in honor of Frank C. Coleman and in 1996 with the CAP Outstanding Service Award established in honor of Frank W. Hartman.

Dr. Kwass received his MD in 1957 from the New York University School of Medicine in New York City and went on to complete an internship with the Boston City Hospital, IV Medical Service in Boston, Mass. He completed both his residency and fellowship with Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He is also board certified in Anatomic Pathology.

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.