College of American Pathologists

  News Release


Published on May 21, 2013

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

Updated Resource for Pathologists Evaluating and Implementing Next Generation Sequencing Technology

Northfield, IL—The College of American Pathologists (CAP) recently released its new edition of the “CAP Pathology Resource Guide: Genomic Analysis” with expanded content to assist pathologists who are considering or actively planning to adopt next-generational sequencing technologies into their practice. The resource guide is a collection of CAP resources on the rapidly evolving area of genomic analysis, which encompasses large panels, including exome and genomic sequencing.

The new tool now offers expanded information on establishing new assays in the areas of cancer and hereditary and infectious diseases. In addition, the updated release provides fresh insights and tips from renown pathology leaders who are early adopters in the field of genomic medicine, including Stephen Kingsmore, MD, D.Sc., FCAP, director of the Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., and Federico A. Monzon, MD, FCAP, director of Molecular Pathology in the Cancer Genetics Laboratory and associate professor of Pathology and Immunology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Many readers turn to this popular section first, which continues to feature testimonials from Karl Voelkerding, MD, FCAP, professor of clinical pathology at ARUP Laboratories in Salt Lake City, Utah, and John Pfeifer, MD, PhD, FCAP, vice chair for Clinical Affairs, Pathology, and Immunology, at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

“Next-generation sequencing technology is evolving rapidly. Our initial goal with the first release of the CAP Pathology Resource Guide on genomic analysis was to create a practical guide, with leading-edge information to aid pathologists as they evaluate and implement these new assays using next-generation sequencing technologies,” said Samuel A. Santoro, MD, PhD, FCAP, professor and chair of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology and professor of Biochemistry at Vanderbilt University Medical School in Nashville, Tenn., and chair of the CAP Personalized Health Care Committee’s Resource Guide Working Group. “We’ve greatly enhanced the new release to provide pathologists with a more comprehensive menu of journal articles, tools, and resources to help pathologists navigate this emerging field.”

The “CAP Pathology Resource Guide: Genomic Analysis” is one of four resources guides available free to CAP members. The other resource guides cover digital pathology, molecular diagnosis, and the emerging field of in vivo microscopy (IVM). The resource guides also provides links to webinars and education opportunities that can help pathologists in understanding the technology and its potential applications and benefits to their practice. Visit to register and receive one or more of the resource guides.

About the College of American Pathologists

As the leading organization for board-certified pathologists, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. With more than 18,000 physician members, the CAP has led as the gold standard in laboratory accreditation for 50 years with more than 7,300 CAP-accredited laboratories in 50 countries. Find more information about the CAP at