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Dr. Michael Fraser

The College of American Pathologists appoints new CEO
April 08, 2024
Dr. Michael Fraser
NORTHFIELD, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The College of American Pathologists (CAP), the world’s leading organization of board-certified pathologists, announced today that Michael Fraser, PhD, MS, CAE, FCPP, is joining the CAP as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Fraser brings more than 25 years of medical association management experience, as well as a track record of solid leadership in the health care sector.

Previously serving as CEO at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), Fraser played a pivotal role in shaping public health policy across 59 states and territories.

"I bring a ‘startup energy’ that lets me see things from a fresh perspective—the opportunities as well as the challenges,” said Fraser. “That’s what fuels my passion, and I can’t wait to learn more about the specialty and contribute to the CAP’s ongoing success.”

Fraser is enthusiastic about building strong relationships across the CAP.

“The CAP has a remarkable history, a stellar reputation, and a proven track record of superior quality and advocacy,” Fraser said. “I look forward to listening to and engaging with the CAP’s members and staff, understanding their needs, and finding ways to harness the CAP’s strengths and expertise tackling the emerging issues and trends in health care, including digital pathology, artificial intelligence, precision medicine, and health equity.”

Fraser says continuing to bolster the CAP’s worldwide reach in providing accreditation and proficiency testing programs is a key priority moving forward.

Throughout his career, Fraser has also demonstrated a commitment to workplace diversity and health equity.

“During our national search for a new CEO, I had multiple great conversations with Mike Fraser, imagining the possibilities for our specialty and our organization,” said Donald Karcher, MD, FCAP, President of the CAP. “Mike and I are both excited about him partnering with us on strategy, supporting innovation in pathology and the CAP, and helping us grow, while keeping our core, foundational objectives front and center.”

Prior to his role at ASTHO, Fraser held CEO positions with the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs. His transparent and empowering leadership style has enabled teams to tackle challenging public health issues, including navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Boston native, Fraser holds a Ph.D. and master's degree in sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a Master of Science in management from Michigan State University, and a bachelor's degree in sociology from Oberlin College. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications and nonfiction books on strategic leadership and public health.


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.

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