Neuropathology Committee



  • To define, monitor, and develop programs to promote quality assurance and performance improvement in neuropathology practice;
  • To keep members informed of emerging technologies, policies, and other issues involving the field of neuropathology;
  • To contribute to the continuing education of members through the design of and participation in CAP educational programs, self-assessment modules, and publications;
  • To serve as the source of expertise in neuropathology and related practice, education, and research aspects to the CAP and its members;
  • To foster relationships between neuropathologists and clinical colleagues in neurosurgery, neurology, neurooncology, and neuroradiology;
  • To enhance patient care and management by promoting the role of neuropathologists as clinician collaborators in basic, clinical, and translational sciences;
  • To promote the role of neuropathologists as educators to patients, students, trainees, and professional colleagues; and
  • To maintain active liaisons with appropriate lay and professional organizations.

This committee reports to the Council on Scientific Affairs. View a list of the current committee members.

Neuropathology Resources


Time Commitment Requirements
Number of face-to-face meetings 2
Length of meetings 1.5 days
Typical meeting days Saturday and Sunday, or Friday and Saturday
Meeting locations The meeting is usually Chicago at airport/downtown hotel in January, and city/resort in summer—one meeting each year is always held in Chicago.
Number of conference calls 1-2 between meetings
Hours/year of committee work required outside of meetings Member 30+, Vice-Chair 45+, Chair 70+
Additional travel or time commitments Attendance at the Council on Scientific Affairs Leadership meeting for the Chair; Attendance at CAP Annual Meeting.

Activities of Committee

  • Act as advisors to CAP regarding issues and practice of Neuropathology, including recommendations for handling and processing specific surgical and autopsy tissue samples.
  • Monitor new and emerging issues/practices/technologies in neuropathology practice that may impact CAP members.
  • Serve as interface with appropriate professional organizations (eg, current and former committee members are officers and hold leadership positions in the American Association of Neuropathologists).
  • Contribute to continuing education of members:
    • Prepare new cases and discussions, and review responses for the Neuropathology (NP) Program
    • Support the CAP and other CAP committees and programs by providing:
      • Cases (clinical history, questions, discussion, and references) and paraffin blocks for the Performance Improvement in Surgical Pathology (PIP) Program
        • Cases (including clinical history, questions, discussion, references, and images) for the Autopsy (AU) Program
        • Questions/images for the Autopsy and Forensic Pathology Self-Assessment
        • Contribute to CAP publications (eg, chapters in Autopsy Performance and Reporting, 2nd edition, 2003)
    • Participate in educational programs at annual CAP meetings
    • Review and make recommendations regarding CAP Cancer Checklists

Expertise or Experience

  • Practicing neuropathologists or surgical pathologist with subspecialty interest/expertise
  • Interest in promoting pathology as a specialty and neuropathology as a subspecialty
  • Interest in promoting excellence in neuropathology practice
  • Ability to communicate with nonsubspecialists about neuropathology

Benefits of Committee Membership

  • Opportunity to publish materials
  • Opportunity to speak at education events
  • Opportunity to promote neuropathology

Representation on Committee Beyond the CAP

  • Provide liaisons with American Board of Pathology (ABP), American Association of Neuropathologists (AANP), other professional pathology and related societies, related lay associations, and various federal agencies as appropriate