BRUNSWICK, Georgia – 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
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