Salt Lake City Pathologist Awarded Grant for Humanitarian Efforts

Salt Lake City Pathologist Awarded Grant for Humanitarian Efforts

Sep 30, 2007 6:00 PM

Ronald M. Harris, M.D., MBA, FCAP, FAAD, receives grant to enhance the quality of HIV/AIDS testing in Nakuru, Kenya

NORTHFIELD, ILL. -- Ronald M. Harris, M.D., MBA, FCAP, FAAD, of Salt Lake City, Utah, was one of five recipients of the 2007 College of American Pathologists (CAP) Foundation Humanitarian Grant Award recognized at a ceremony held on Sept. 29, 2007, in Chicago at CAP '07 -- The Pathologists' Meeting.

The CAP Foundation Humanitarian Grant Award provides grants to members of the College, which are used to fund pathology and medical services to underprivileged patients in an underdeveloped area of the world. This grant will support the collaborative vision of Dr. Harris and the Opportunity Fund for Developing Countries (OFDC) to greatly improve HIV/AIDS testing in Nakuru, Kenya.

This project was initially developed through Rotary International and subsequently with OFDC, which provides microcredit loans to women, educational assistance to children, and improved healthcare to all in remote, developing, and rural areas of the world. Dr. Harris has been a member of the OFDC board since early 2007and has made five trips to Nakuru, Kenya, in hopes of improving medical care in the region.

This grant will allow Dr. Harris to purchase much needed medical equipment and supplies, which will increase the quality of HIV/AIDS screening for the region. In the Nakuru area, the HIV/AIDS infected population is estimated to be more than 140,000 adults and children. The Comprehensive Care Center there has a caseload of approximately 8,000 patients.

"It is a great privilege to accept, on behalf of the people of Nakuru, Kenya, the 2007 CAP Foundation Humanitarian Grant Award," said Dr. Harris. "The funding will help us make our dream of accurate HIV/AIDS testing available to the people of Nakuru and the Upper Rift Valley of Kenya."

Dr. Harris currently serves as an associate professor in the Departments of Dermatology and Pathology, as well as associate vice president for diversity at the University of Utah health sciences in Salt Lake City. He has also served as a staff physician at Kaiser-Permanente Medical Center in Santa Clara, Calif. and at St. Francis Healthcare System in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Dr. Harris completed his BS degree in Biochemistry/Biophysics at the University of California at Davis. He went on to receive his MD from the University of California, San Francisco and his MBA from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Dr. Harris completed his internship at Kaiser-Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco. He then completed residency programs at the University of California, San Francisco; Penrose -St. Francis Healthcare System in Colorado Springs; and at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City. Dr. Harris completed his Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

The College of American Pathologists Foundation promotes science and education in an effort to improve the delivery of pathology services to patients and expand medical research and funding of individual research projects through sponsorship of the Scholars Research Fellowship Program.

The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving nearly 16,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world's largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective medical care.

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