College of American Pathologists
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Published on September 29, 2011

Contact: Joe Schramm
Phone: 800-323-4040, ext. 7445


NORTHFIELD, ILL. — The College of American Pathologists’ (CAP) has released its newest publication, Laboratory Administration for Pathologists, a resource that provides the core management principles and tools for pathology and laboratory medicine practice.

“Many laboratory medicine texts cover aspects of laboratory administration, but this is the most comprehensive in coverage and practical in approach I have seen,” said Luke Perkocha, MD, MBA, FCAP, Associate Director of Surgical Pathology, University of California, San Francisco. “Throughout the book, emphasis is placed on the importance of pathologist leadership in diverse practice settings ranging from the small anatomic pathology group practice to the large clinical laboratory.”

The Program Directors Section of the Association of Pathology Chairs and the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists proposed model curricula and suggested competencies in laboratory management. Laboratory Administration for Pathologists encompasses the proposed curricula and addresses all aspects of laboratory management, emphasizing the specific role and responsibility of the pathologist in directing the laboratory.

“The book includes in-depth information about clinical and anatomic pathology laboratory administration,” said Elizabeth Wagar, MD, FCAP, the publication’s co-editor, and Professor and Chair, Department of Laboratory Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston. “Our team wrote and edited it to provide pathologists with management and leadership fundamentals.”

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Management principles
  • Competencies and interfaces of the involved pathologist
  • Equipment, supplies, and laboratory information systems
  • Quality management in laboratory medicine and anatomic pathology
  • Laboratory laws and regulations and legal affairs for pathologists.

Dr. Wagar co-edited the book with Richard Horowitz, MD, FCAP, Clinical Professor of Pathology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and Gene Siegal, MD, PhD, FCAP, Director, Division of Anatomic Pathology, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

“It will serve as an excellent quick reference tool for a mutlitude of administration topics and as a refresher for management for maintenance of certification,” Dr. Horowitz said.

“The book especially targets pathologists in training and young pathologists starting their careers,” Dr. Siegal added. “Residents will find it invaluable for board preparation and in rotations related to management training.”

For more information and to order a copy of Laboratory Administration for Pathologists, visit or call 800-323-4040, option 1.

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is a medical society serving about 17,000 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.