Local Physician Named to College of American Pathologists Board of Governors

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: Oct. 17, 2011– Patrick E.T. Godbey, M.D., FCAP, of St. Simons Island was recently elected to his first full term as a member of the Board of Governors of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and was sworn in at a ceremony held in Grapevine, Texas, on Sept. 10, at the College’s annual meeting, CAP ’11 – THE Pathologists’ Meeting™. Godbey is one of 12 pathologists elected to the prestigious board, the highest professional honor a pathologist can receive. Members of the board are elected solely by their board-certified peers from around the world, not just those in the United States. Each governor serves a three-year term and may run for one additional three-year term if they so chose. The current board includes pathologists from throughout the United States representing such institutions as Dartmouth, Duke, MD Anderson and now, Southeast Georgia Health System.

“I am deeply honored and humbled to be chosen by my peers to serve as a member of the CAP Board of Governors,” Godbey said. “The purpose of the College is to improve patient care through improvements in laboratory science.”

Godbey joined the medical staff at Southeast Georgia Health System in 1983, first as an obstetrician and gynecologist, before transitioning to the practice of pathology. He currently serves as the laboratory director for the Health System’s Brunswick Campus. Godbey, who founded Southeastern Pathology Associates (SEPA) in 1992, is also the laboratory director for SEPA locations in Brunswick and Savannah and is a member of the clinical faculty at the Medical College of Georgia, Department of Pathology, and the College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick.

Godbey serves as a delegate for the CAP House of Delegates, Georgia delegation. Besides his CAP House of Delegates role, his other professional positions include that of board chairman for the Camden County Independent Physician Association (IPA), Steering Committee member for the State of Georgia Maternal Mortality Review Board, and Finance Committee member for the American Pathology Foundation.

In addition to his affiliation with the CAP, Godbey is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Pathology Foundation, the Georgia Association of Pathologists, the Glynn County Medical Society, the Medical Association of Georgia, and the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology.

Godbey received his medical degree in 1979 from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He also completed both his internship in obstetrics and gynecology and residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology and anatomic and clinical pathology at the Medical College of Georgia. Godbey is board-certified in anatomic and clinical pathology and obstetrics and gynecology.

CAP is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is the worldwide leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College advocates accountable, high quality, and cost-effective patient care. Laboratories earning CAP certification, including those located on the Health System’s Brunswick and Camden campuses, meet the industries highest standards.