Surgical Pathology Committee



To assist pathologists by providing guidance for surgical pathology practice and quality assurance by serving as a resource on technical and regulatory issues that affect the surgical pathology laboratory, by providing resources for educational programs that help pathologists continually improve their performance, and by serving as a resource to the Council on Government and Professional Affairs and the Division of Government and Professional Affairs.

This committee reports to the Council on Scientific Affairs. View a list of the current committee members and find additional resources and information in the Surgical Pathology Topic Center.


Time Commitment Requirements
Number of face-to-face meetings 3
Length of meetings 2 days
Typical meeting days Saturday and Sunday
Meeting locations Less than 50 miles from an airport
Number of conference calls None regularly planned but are scheduled as needed.
Hours/year of committee work required outside of meetings Members 20-30, Vice Chair 30-40, Chair 75+
Additional travel or time commitments Attendance at CSA Leadership meeting for chair.

Activities of Committee

  • Provide scientific expertise to the CAP regarding the practice of surgical pathology.
  • Monitor new and emerging issues/practices/technologies in surgical and anatomical pathology that may impact CAP members.
  • Provide input to the CAP regarding legislative and economic issues related to the practice of anatomic pathology.
  • Contribute to continuing education of members by writing case discussions, obtaining paraffin blocks for new cases, and reviewing participant responses for the following programs:
    • Performance Improvement Program in Surgical Pathology (PIP)
    • Online Virtual Biopsy Program in Surgical Pathology (VBP)
  • Support other CAP committees and programs, by reviewing critiques and providing materials (paraffin blocks) for the MK - Immunohistochemistry Survey
  • Contribute to CAP publications (eg, chapters in the Quality Management in Anatomic Pathology manual, CAP TODAY articles, Archives in Pathology & Laboratory Medicine articles).
  • Review and recommend changes to the CAP Laboratory Improvement Program Checklists.
  • Review and recommend changes to the CAP Cancer Protocols and Checklists.
  • Participate in educational programs at annual CAP meetings

Expertise or Experience

  • Candidates should possess an interest in promoting the practice of surgical pathology

Benefits of Committee Membership

  • Opportunity to meet and work with pathologists from a variety of practice settings
  • Opportunity to publish materials
  • Opportunity to speak at education events
  • Opportunity to participate in developing recommendations for the practice of pathology

Representation on Committee Beyond the CAP

  • Liaison from the Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology (ADASP)

Interested in Joining this Committee?