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Two Houston Methodist pathologists earn national awards

Houston, TX - 10/22/2013

Pulmonary pathologist Philip T. Cagle, M.D. (Click on thumbnail for larger version)

Philip T. Cagle, M.D., a lung pathologist in Houston Methodist Hospital's Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine, was named Pathologist of the Year at the College of American Pathologists' annual meeting in Orlando last week. Cagle was also given a Distinguished Patient Care Award. Jordan A. Roberts, M.D., a second-year pathology resident, received a Leadership Development Award.

According to the college, Cagle was recognized "for his outstanding contributions as editor of the College's... peer-reviewed journal, Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine" and for his role in developing guidelines for deciding how lung cancer biomarkers should be used to diagnose disease. The college said Cagle's recent work has helped "mark a significant breakthrough in the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer." Cagle is the S. Donald Greenberg Chair and Director of Pulmonary Pathology at Houston Methodist Hospital.

Roberts received a Leadership Development Award to participate in two Residents' Forum meetings that will help him and other trainees weave "pathology services into the changing framework of patient care" and help the doctors better understand the relationships between health policies, patients, providers, and pathologists.

"I congratulate Drs. Cagle and Roberts on receiving these awards at this year's CAP meeting," said James M. Musser, M.D., Ph.D., department chair and Fondren Distinguished Endowed Chair of Pathology and Genomic Medicine. "Their accomplishments are indicative of the quality of our faculty members and trainees, and also of our commitment to advancing the science of pathology for the benefit of patients. I am very proud that pathologists nationally recognized the critical importance of their contributions.”

Resident Jordan A. Roberts, M.D. (click on thumbnail for larger version)

Pathologists are physicians who use laboratory and visualization technologies to diagnose disease and other medical problems. They work with other physicians and surgeons to guide patient care and treatment. The College of American Pathologists estimates more than 70 percent of decisions about diagnosis, treatment, hospital admissions, and discharges depend on pathologists' reports and recommendations.

In addition to their Houston Methodist titles, Cagle and Musser are Weill Cornell Medical College professors of pathology and laboratory medicine.

To speak with Cagle, Roberts, or Musser, please contact David Bricker, Houston Methodist, at 832-667-5811 or dmbricker@houstonmethodist.org.