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Published on October 6, 2009

Contact: Julie Monzo
E-mail: media@cap.org

College of American Pathologists Honors Atlanta Pathologist with the Pathologist Spotlight Service Award

Northfield, IL.—Melinda Moore Lewis, MD, FCAP, was named a recipient of a Pathologist Spotlight Service Award given by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The award was established to recognize CAP members, who exhibit transformative behavior and deliver exceptional patient care in their community through the specialty of pathology.

Dr. Lewis was nominated for this award by Kelly Rose, MD, a former anatomic and clinical pathology resident and current fellow in forensic pathology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga. Dr. Lewis received the award for her dedication to the specialty of pathology, and especially for her devotion to her patients, clinical colleagues, and residents at Emory. Often spending more than 12 hours per day in the hospital, Dr. Lewis spends as much time as needed with her patients and their families to ensure an accurate diagnosis is made. Recently, she performed an emergency biopsy on a young patient at Emory who had a neck mass and a large mass in his chest that compromised his breathing. Because of her quick and accurate diagnosis, this patient was able to begin treatment immediately for malignant lymphoma.

“On behalf of the CAP, it is with great pride that we recognize Dr. Lewis’ dedication to delivering outstanding patient care,” said Robert L. Breckenridge, MD, MBA, FCAP, a member of the CAP Board of Governors and chair of the CAP Council on Membership and Professional Development. “In addition, her personal communication with clinicians and thoughtful guidance to residents is truly inspirational.”

Currently, Dr. Lewis is an associate pathologist in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga. Previously, she served as the director of cytopathology and director of the fellowship program in cytopathology also at the Emory University School of Medicine.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive the Pathologist Spotlight Service award from the CAP, as well as from my peers at Emory,” said Dr. Lewis. “Being recognized for the services that help patients is humbling.”

Dr. Lewis earned her BA in anthropology and zoology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. She went on to complete her MD at the Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Lewis completed her residency in anatomic and clinical pathology and a fellowship in cytopathology at Emory University Affiliated Hospitals. She acquired advanced training in cytopathology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden before she established and developed the fine needle aspiration service at Emory. r. Lewis is certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic and clinical pathology with added qualification in cytopathology.

The College of American Pathologists 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 medical care.