College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on April 14, 2009

Contact: Julie Monzo

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

Northfield, IL.—Maria M. Picken, MD, PhD, FASN, FCAP, was named a recipient of Pathologist Spotlight Service Award given by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The award was established to recognize CAP members, who exhibit transformative behavior and deliver exceptional patient care in their community through the specialty of pathology.

Dr. Picken was nominated for the award by Muriel Finkel, president of Amyloidosis Support Groups—a national organization, which provides support to patients affected with this rare and potentially fatal disease that occurs when substances called amyoloid proteins build up in the organs. Dr. Picken serves as a medical advisor for the organization.

“It is with great pleasure that the College honors Dr. Picken with the Pathologist Spotlight Service award for her dedication to those individuals who are touched by amyloidosis, as well as their loved ones,” said Robert L. Breckenridge, MD, MBA, FCAP, a member of the CAP Board of Governors and chair of the CAP Council on Membership and Professional Development. “Her warm and compassionate manner to help educate patients about this often debilitating disease is inspirational.”

Currently, Dr. Picken serves as the Director of Renal Pathology and the Tissue Bank at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. She is also a professor of pathology and internal medicine at Loyola University Medical School. Dr. Picken is president-elect of the Renal Pathology Society and a member of the Board of Advisors of the American Society of Nephrology.

“As a pathologist, I diagnose amyloidosis and know how important it is for patients to understand this disease so that they can evaluate treatment options and make lifestyle changes, if necessary,” said Dr. Picken. “To be able to give back to my community by offering my expertise to help others is a reward in itself. To be recognized by the community and my profession is truly humbling.”

Dr. Picken earned her MD and PhD degrees from the Medical University in Gdansk, Poland and completed residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the New York University in New York. In addition, Dr. Picken completed a fellowship in Immunopathology at the same institution. Dr. Picken is a diplomate of the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and in Immunopathology. Dr Picken has published extensively on amyloidosis and related disorders and is frequently an invited speaker on this subject nationwide and abroad. Dr. Picken is also a member of the CAP Spokespersons Network. Currently, Dr. Picken resides in Schaumburg, Ill., with her husband Roger.

The College of American Pathologists 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 medical care.