College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on May 18, 2009

Contact: Julie Monzo

College of American Pathologists Honors Los Angeles Pathologist with the Pathologist Spotlight Service Award

Northfield, IL.—Richard B. Mertens, MD, PhD, FCAP, from Los Angeles, Calif., was named a recipient of 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. Mertens received the award for his dedication to patients through the delivery of outstanding diagnostic medicine and his expertise in gastrointestinal, breast, bone, and soft tissue pathology. He was nominated for the award by his colleague Hanlin L. Wang, MD, PhD, FCAP, director of Gastrointestinal Pathology and of the Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Pathology Fellowship Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

“On behalf of the College of American Pathologists, it is with great honor that we recognize Dr. Mertens for his contributions to patients and the specialty of pathology,” 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. “Not only is Dr. Mertens a passionate, caring and devoted physician, he is also a dedicated teacher for residents and fellows at his hospital.”

Currently, Dr. Mertens is an attending pathologist in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. In this position, he was awarded the Golden Apple Teaching Award from 1987-88 and 1995-96.

“I am deeply touched to receive such a tremendous honor from my colleague at Cedars-Sinai and my peers at the College of American Pathologists,” said Dr. Mertens. “I feel fortunate to work with such outstanding professionals who are dedicated to the delivery of high quality patient care.”

Dr. Mertens received his MD and PhD from the University of California in San Diego, Calif., and his bachelor’s of science degrees in chemistry and biochemistry from the University of California in Davis, Calif. In addition, Dr. Mertens completed a pathology residency training program at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and the National Board of Medical Examiners.

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.