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Pathology News Roundup: September 28, 2021

Pathology News Roundup: September 28, 2021

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) wraps up its annual meeting today. CAP21 “Advancing Medicine Today & Tomorrow” gave members the option to attend virtually or in-person at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, Ill. from Sept. 25-28.

The CAP recognized several of its members for their contributions to pathology and laboratory medicine during CAP21.

In recognition of his long and distinguished career in pathology, the CAP named W. Stephen Black-Schaffer, MD, FCAP, with the Pathologist of the Year Award. Dr. Black-Schaffer has served on many committees, councils, and task forces during his 30 years as a CAP member. He currently chairs the Policy Round Table Workforce and Graduate Medical Education Workgroup and the Economic Affairs Committee (EAC).

Dr. Black-Schaffer is an associate professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School, and associate chief of pathology and Pathology Residency Training Program director at Massachusetts General Hospital.


In addition to the Pathologist of the Year award, the CAP recognized 30 other members/residents. This year’s honorees are:

CAP Advocate of the Year Award

  • David L. Gang, MD, FCAP

CAP Distinguished Patient Care Award

  • Mary E. Fowkes, MD, PhD, FCAP

CAP Distinguished Service Award

  • Rajesh C. Dash, MD, FCAP
  • Eva M. Wojcik, MD, FCAP

CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program Service Award

  • Gregory A. Gagnon, MD, FCAP

CAP Laboratory Improvement Programs Service Award

  • Christina M. Wojewoda, MD, FCAP
  • Daniel D. Rhoads, MD, FCAP

CAP Lifetime Achievement Award

  • David N. Alter, MD, DABCC, FCAP
  • Christine N. Booth, MD, FCAP
  • Andrew J. Evans, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FCAP
  • David A. Novis, MD, FCAP
  • John D. Olson, MD, PhD, FCAP
  • R. Ross Reichard, MD, FCAP

CAP Outstanding Communicator Award

  • Valerie A. Fitzhugh, MD, FCAP

CAP Outstanding Educator Award

  • Robert D. Hoffman, MD, PhD, FCAP

CAP Outstanding Service Award

  • Paul Bachner, MD, FCAP

CAP Pathology Advancement Award

  • David F. Keren, MD, FCAP
  • Mark S. Synovec, MD, FCAP
  • Kamran M. Mirza, MD, PhD, FCAP
  • Cullen M. Lilley, MS
  • Christina A. Arnold, MD, FCAP
  • Michael A. Arnold, MD, PhD, FCAP
  • Adam L. Booth, MD
  • Jerad M. Gardner, MD, FCAP
  • Xiaoyin "Sara" Jiang, MD, FCAP
  • Sanam Loghavi, MD, FCAP

CAP Public Service Award

  • Sarah M. Eakin, MD, FCAP

CAP Resident Advocate Award

  • Nicole D. Riddle, MD, FCAP

CAP Resident of the Year Award

  • Mariam Anwar Molani, DO, MBA

CAP Staff Outstanding Achievement Award

  • Mary F. Kennedy, MPH, CT(ASCP)
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After serving for two years as the CAP's President-Elect, Emily E. Volk, MD, FCAP was sworn in as the organization's 37th president during the CAP21 annual meeting. Dr. Volk is an associate professor of pathology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and chief medical officer at Baptist Health Floyd in New Albany, IN.

In a statement, Dr. Volk said her priorities over her two-year term include encouraging diversity and fostering innovation for the profession and CAP services for pathologists to deliver to patients. 


“When my term is over in two years, I’d like to leave the CAP in an even better place, fostering innovation for the profession and CAP services for pathologists to deliver to patients,” stated Dr. Volk. “I’d also like to create more opportunities for pathologists of diverse backgrounds to move into leadership roles. If my role resonates with individuals in healthcare, such as women and minorities, who continue to be underrepresented in leadership roles in their field and gives even one more person the courage to step into a leadership position, my efforts will have been worthwhile.”

Dr. Volk has served on the CAP’s Board of Governors since 2013 and has been an active member of the organization for more than 20 years. She has served on various councils and committees during that time, including as chair and vice-chair of the Council on Government and Professional Affairs, chair of the Pathologists Quality Registry Ad Hoc Committee, and member of the Council on Membership and Professional Development.

Hear more from Dr. Volk about her vision for leading the CAP in the most recent CAPcast. Dr. Volk and the CAP's Immediate Past President Patrick Godbey, MD, FCAP discuss what it's like to lead the profession during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Dr. Donald Karcher was appointed the CAP's president-elect during CAP21. Dr. Karcher is a professor of pathology and a practicing hematopathologist at George Washington University in Washington, DC.

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The Association for Molecular Pathology has cancelled its upcoming annual meeting, scheduled for Nov. 17th.

"Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, it has become impossible to hold our 2021 Annual Meeting & Expo in Philadelphia this November," AMP said in a statement on its website. "Therefore, our Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the event. The Program Committee has organized a fabulous program and that content will be made available. Please stay tuned for more information."

AMP says they will be in contact with all attendees, exhibitors and vendors in the coming days.

"Please know that resolving tasks pertaining to this cancellation is taking a great deal of time; AMP staff are working to address all of them as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we move forward."

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