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The College of American Pathologists (CAP), the world’s largest organization for the doctors who diagnose and study disease, recognized several of its members for their dedication to and advancement of pathology and laboratory medicine. The CAP’s annual meeting was a bit different this year compared to years in the past, being completely virtual in efforts to maintain social distancing and respect health mandates.
The CAP named R. Bruce Williams, MD, FCAP, as the recipient of the Pathologist of the Year award for his forward-thinking leadership as the 35th president of the CAP (2017–2019), preceded by many years of outstanding contributions and dedicated service to his patients, the CAP, and the specialty of pathology.
Included in his efforts, Dr. Williams has been involved in many parts of the CAP’s laboratory accreditation program by leading inspection teams, drafting accreditation checklist questions, being interviewed by newspaper reporters, and leading speaking engagements at national meetings.
Throughout his career, Dr. Williams supported the improvement and advancement of pathology by urging members to look toward the future and adapt to new roles and technologies. During his presidency, the CAP launched several new programs and initiatives dedicated to overall improvement within the CAP.
“I accept this award on behalf of all pathologists who volunteer to do their part to help the CAP achieve its goals,” said Dr. Williams. “It is only through the thousands of pathologists who volunteer to serve on committees, councils, and the board and who develop educational material, PT products, who represent us in Washington, DC, and who lead and participate in inspections that this organization can reach its full potential. It is an honor for me to be able to recognize all of our members who contribute so much to this organization.”
Dr. Williams is a founding member of the Delta Pathology Group, LLC, in Lafayette, Louisiana, where he serves on the executive committee as practice manager of Delta Pathology’s mid-Louisiana region and as laboratory director. He is an associate clinical professor of pathology at Louisiana State University Medical Center-Shreveport.
The CAP recognized 19 other members and resident pathologists for their contributions, achievements, and service in a multitude of areas, including but not limited to advocacy, patient care, education, quality improvement programs, and communications. The CAP annually honors members for their commitment to the specialty and quality patient care.
"We are so grateful for Dr. Williams’ leadership at the CAP and his dedication to pathology. Without him, the improvements and growth we’ve had as an organization would not have been possible,” said current CAP President Patrick Godbey, MD, FCAP. “All of the award winners have gone above and beyond for both pathology and patients, especially during a critical time like the pandemic."
This year’s CAP member honorees are:
Advocate of the Year Award
Distinguished Patient Care Award
Distinguished Service Award
Laboratory Accreditation Program Service Award
Laboratory Improvement Programs Service Award
Lifetime Achievement Award
- Philip A. Branton, MD, FCAP
- Victor Y. Cabañas, MD, FCAP
- Desiree A. Carlson, MD, FCAP
- John R. Harbour, MD, FCAP
- Peter Louis Perrotta, MD, FCAP
Outstanding Communicator Award
Outstanding Educator Award
Outstanding Service Award
Pathology Advancement Award
Public Service Award
Resident Advocate Award
Resident of the Year Award
Staff Outstanding Achievement Award
About the College of American Pathologists
As the world’s largest organization of board-certified pathologists and leading provider of laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing programs, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. As a 501(c)(6) membership organization, the CAP is the only entity representing pathologists with unrestricted advocacy capability and a political action committee, PathPAC. For more information, visit yourpathologist.org to watch pathologists at work and see the stories of the patients who trust them with their care. Read the CAP Annual Report.