College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on October 11, 2009

Contact: Julie Monzo

Pathologist Selected for College of American Pathologists Laboratory Accreditation Program Service Award

Northfield, IL.—Robert R. Rickert, MD, FCAP, a pathologist from Livingston, N.J. and resident of Short Hills has been honored with the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Laboratory Accreditation Program Service Award at a ceremony held on October 11, 2009, in Washington DC at CAP ’09 – THE Pathologists’ Meeting™.

The award, established in honor of Major General Joseph M. Blumberg, MD, was given to Dr. Rickert for his exceptional and outstanding service to the College of American Pathologists’ Laboratory Accreditation Program specifically beginning in 1976 when he became the Middle East Regional Commissioner and State Commissioner in New Jersey; in 1985 when he became Vice Chair of the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation (CLA); and subsequently when he became the first Overseas Commissioner for the Program.

“It is indeed a great honor to be named the recipient of the 2009 CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program Service Award,” said Dr. Rickert. “I’ve been actively involved in the Laboratory Accreditation Program for more than 30 years, first as a state and regional commissioner and later as a member and vice chair of the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation, and consider it one of the most rewarding parts of my professional life.”

Dr. Rickert recently retired as Chairman of the Department of Pathology at the Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, the department he served for more than three decades. He is also Clinical Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey–New Jersey Medical School in Newark.

In addition to his dedication to the CAP, Dr. Rickert has been an active member of many professional societies. He is a past president of the New Jersey Society of Pathologists, the Oncology Society of New Jersey, the Gastrointestinal Pathology Society, the Academy of Medicine of New Jersey and the New Jersey Division of the American Cancer Society, where he was also honored as Physician of the Year. He also served as Chief Medical Officer for the Eastern Division of the American Cancer Society.

After receiving his AB degree from the University of Michigan, Dr. Rickert went on to receive his MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He did his pathology residency at the Yale–New Haven Medical Center and remained on the faculty at Yale until moving to New Jersey. He also served for two years as Research Associate at the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission in Hiroshima, Japan.

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) 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 patient care.