Published on October 1, 2007
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Salt Lake City Pathologist Awarded Grant for Humanitarian Efforts
Cathy A. Petti, MD, FCAP, Receives Grant to Enhance the Infrastructure and Knowledge of Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya
Northfield, IL.—Cathy A. Petti, MD, FCAP, of Salt Lake City, Utah, was one of five recipients of the 2007 College of American Pathologists (CAP) Foundation Humanitarian Grant Award recognized at a ceremony held on Sept. 29, 2007, in Chicago at CAP ’07 – The Pathologists’ Meeting™.
The CAP Foundation Humanitarian Grant Award provides grants to members of the College, which are used to fund pathology and laboratory services to patients in resource-limited regions of the world. This grant will support the collaborative vision of Dr. Petti and the Department of Pathology, University of Utah to greatly enhance the delivery of medical care to people of Eldoret, Kenya.
Through the University of Utah School of Medicine, Dr. Petti has been involved with a team of physicians in field-based volunteer work for the past four years and has gained first-hand knowledge of the healthcare barriers within resource limited countries. Her most recent trip to Eldoret revealed the need for improvements in the anatomic and clinical laboratory infrastructure of Moi University School of Medicine and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.
This grant will allow Dr. Petti to work in collaboration with faculty at Moi University to shift the region’s practice of syndromic diagnoses towards laboratory-supported diagnoses through teaching, and demonstration of the importance of accurate and reliable testing. Building anatomic and clinical pathology capacity has the potential to affect an estimated 13 million people living in the northern and western regions in Kenya.
“I am pleased that CAP has selected this project for the 2007 award,” said
Dr. Petti. “We have wanted to do this for three years, but have not been able to fully promote laboratory medicine in this region due to lack of appropriate funds. I am grateful to finally have the opportunity to work with our Kenyan counterparts in Eldoret to enhance medical services.”
Dr. Petti currently serves as medical director of the Infectious Diseases Laboratory at ARUP Laboratories, Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah and is also an assistant professor of Pathology and Medicine at University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Petti received her AB from Harvard University. She went on to receive her MD from Duke University in Durham, N.C. Dr. Petti also completed her internal medicine residency and fellowships in Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center.
The College of American Pathologists Foundation promotes science and education in an effort to improve the delivery of pathology services to patients and expand medical research and funding of individual research projects through sponsorship of the Scholars Research Fellowship Program.
The College of American Pathologists is a medical society that serves nearly 16,000 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.