College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on March 17, 2011

Contact: Julie Monzo
Phone: 800-323-4040, ext. 7538

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

NORTHFIELD, ILL. —Si Van Nguyen, MD, FCAP, a pathologist with Pathology, Inc., a medical laboratory in Torrance, Calif., was named a recipient of the Pathologist Spotlight Service Award given by the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

The College established the award to recognize CAP members, who exhibit transformative behavior and deliver exceptional patient care in their community through the specialty of pathology.

Alfred Lui, MD, FCAP, immediate past president of the California Society of Pathologists, nominated Dr. Nguyen for his significant contributions in promoting cervical cancer screening and prevention in Vietnamese American women, who have an increased risk for cervical cancer – about four times higher than the general population. As a representative of the Vietnamese American Medical Association, Dr. Nguyen worked with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop materials to educate Vietnamese women about the importance of regular Pap tests to screen for cervical cancer in its early, most treatable stage.

“We are proud to honor Dr. Si Nguyen with the CAP Pathologist Service Award for his work on behalf of patients to raise awareness about a potentially life-threatening disease—cervical cancer,” said Robert L. Breckenridge, MD, MBA, FCAP, a former member of the CAP Board of Governors and immediate past chair of the CAP Council on Membership and Professional Development. “Dr. Nguyen’s work is helping to save lives. He serves as an inspiration to us all.”

“I am humbled and deeply honored to be recognized by my peers at the CAP with this award,” said Dr. Si Nguyen. “Caring for and treating cancer patients really is a team effort. I accept this award on behalf of my colleagues at the Vietnamese American Medical Association who collaborated on our national cervical cancer prevention projects with the NIH, and for the outstanding work they do each and every day on behalf of all patients, including those affected with cancer. I also thank my colleagues at Pathology Inc. Laboratory for allowing me the time and the freedom to do these public health projects.”

Dr. Nguyen is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School in San Antonio Texas in 1989. He then graduated from pathology residency training at the University of California Irvine Medical Center in 1994. After completing his residency training, Dr. Nguyen has been in private practice in the Torrance and Orange County areas.

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.