College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on March 23, 2010

Contact: Julie Monzo

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

Northfield, IL.——Margaret H. Neal, MD, FCAP, a pathologist with Ketchum, Wood & Burgert Pathology Associates in Tallahassee, Fla., was named a recipient of the 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. Neal was nominated for this award by Jonathan L. Myles, MD, FCAP, a staff pathologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

Dr. Neal is honored for her leadership in the development of the CAP Mentor Program and her significant contributions leading to the program’s success. The mentor program was designed to provide guidance from seasoned pathologists to pathologists new to the specialty to help them improve their skills in order to provide better patient care.

“It is with great pleasure that we honor Dr. Margaret Neal for her extraordinary leadership in helping to create a program, which fosters the development of our future leaders in pathology,” 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. “On behalf of the College, it is with sincere appreciation that we recognize Dr. Neal with the CAP Pathologist Spotlight Service Award.”

In addition to the CAP Mentor Program, Dr. Neal also serves as the vice chair of the Member Benefits Committee, as a member of the Economic Affairs Committee, and as a Florida delegate for the CAP House of Delegates. She also is currently the secretary of the Florida State Society of Pathologists, a member of the Florida Pregnancy Associated Mortality Review team, and the AMA RUC Advisor for the American Society of Cytopathology.

“Since joining the CAP in 1990, it has been an honor to work along side my colleagues and peers to help advance the specialty to provide high quality health care to patients,” said Dr. Neal. “I am deeply touched to receive an award from an organization, which I respect and hold near and dear to my heart.”

Dr. Neal graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s of science degree from West Virginia University (WVU) in Morgantown. She went on to earn her MD from the same institution. Dr. Neal completed her residency in anatomic and clinical pathology and a fellowship in surgical and cytopathology at George Washington University Medical Center (GWU).

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 medical care.