College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on October 12, 2009

Contact: Julie Monzo

College of American Pathologists Names Colorado Pathologist CAP Foundation Lansky Award Recipient

Northfield, IL.—Stephen S. Raab, MD, FCAP, of Aurora, Colorado, was honored with the College of American Pathologists Foundation Lansky Award at a ceremony held on October 12 in Washington, DC at the College’s annual meeting, CAP ’09 – THE Pathologists’ Meeting™. Dr. Raab was recognized for his significant contributions and demonstrated leadership to the science and education of pathology.

Dr. Raab received the CAP Foundation’s Lansky award, in honor of Herbert Lansky, MD. The award is presented to a board certified pathologist who has demonstrated respected leadership consistent with the goals of the CAP Foundation (CAPF) and who has made significant contributions to the field of pathology.

“I thank the College of American Pathologists and the Foundation for the honor of receiving the Lansky Award,” said Dr. Raab. “It has been a privilege to work with the creative and dynamic members of the CAP in an effort to improve the quality of care for patients in the United States.”

Dr. Raab is honored for his accomplishments in outcomes research, productivity systems, and patient safety related to anatomic pathology. He is also recognized for his research in laboratory and hospital associated errors, evidence-based quality programs, and systems improvement, which have helped to advance pathology and have established him as a leader and consultant in these areas.

Currently, Dr. Raab is the director of anatomic pathology, director of cytopathology, and the vice chair of quality at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine in Aurora, Colo. In addition, Dr. Raab has held several teaching positions, including professor for the Department of Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Penn., and professor for the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University Allegheny General Hospital, also in Pittsburgh. He was also a professor of pathology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Dr. Raab has given more than 250 invited lectures, organized numerous symposia, and received numerous awards for his teaching.

Dr. Raab is an active member of the College of American Pathologists, as well as other associations, including the Viet American Cervical Cancer Prevention Project, the American Society of Cytopathology, and the Academy for Health Services Research and Heath Policy. He is also a member of the Papanicolaou Society, the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, and AcademyHealth.

After graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Raab graduate cum laude with an MD from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse in New York. During medical school, Dr. Raab completed a Dana Fellowship in epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. He went on to complete a residency at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and a cytopathology fellowship at Pitt County Memorial Hospital at the East Carolina University School of Medicine in Greenville, N.C. Dr. Raab then completed post-doctorate work at the Department of Health Research and Policy at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif.

The CAP 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 (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.