College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on October 12, 2009

Contact: Julie Monzo

Indianapolis Pathologist Re-Elected Governor of College of American Pathologists

National pathologists’ association association re-elects Gail Habegger Vance, MD

Northfield, IL.—Gail Habegger Vance, MD, FCAP, of Indianapolis, Ind., was recently re-elected as a governor of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) at a ceremony held at CAP ’09 – THE Pathologists’ Meeting™ in Washington, D.C. on October 10, 2009. She will serve a three-year term.

“It is an honor to be selected and to continue my role with the CAP as a member of the Board of Governors,” said Dr. Vance. “I look forward to continuing to serve as an advocate for patients and pathologists and offer my expertise in molecular and genetic diagnostics to help develop and implement new technologies and practice standards in an effort to improve patient care.”

Dr. Vance is a professor in the departments of Medical and Molecular Genetics and Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) in Indianapolis. In addition, she is the director of Genetics Testing Laboratories in Medical and Molecular Genetics at IUSM. Dr. Vance is also the director of several other programs at IUSM, including the Clinical Genetics Residency Program, the American Board of Medical Genetics Training Programs, and the Indiana Familial Cancer Program. Dr. Vance currently is the vice president of IU Medical Genetics, Inc., where she previously served as secretary-treasurer. She also is a member of the editorial board for the publication, Modern Pathology.

Dr. Vance has held several CAP leadership positions and has chaired numerous committees and councils, including the Council on Accreditation, CAP/ACMG Cytogenetics Resource Committee, Checklists Committee, Finance Committee, and the Molecular Pathology and Genetics Cluster. Currently, Dr. Vance is a member of the AdHoc Committee on Lab Quality and Improvements for the 21st Century, the AdHoc Committee for Center Plan Development, the Council on Scientific Affairs, and the Personalized Health Care Committee.

In addition, Dr. Vance is an active member of the American College of Human Genetics, the American Medical Association, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the American Society of Human Genetics. She is also a member of the Association for Molecular Pathology, the Association of Professors of Human and Medical Genetics, and the Indiana State Medical Association. Dr. Vance serves on the Cytogenetics Committee, the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, and the committee on Graduate Medical Education with IUSM.

Dr. Vance was awarded the Indiana University-Perdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Commission on Women Award in 2000 and was named an IUPUI Outstanding Female Faculty and Staff Leader in 2002. She was also the recipient of the College of American Pathologists Presidents’ Honors in 2008.

Dr. Vance received her MD from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., and completed an internship in laboratory medicine and pathology at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., and completed her residencies in pediatrics and in laboratory medicine and pathology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn. Dr. Vance is board certified in Clinical Pathology by the American Board of Pathology, in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics, and in Clinical Genetics and Clinical Cytogenetics by the American Board of Genetics.

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.