Nov. 21, 2017 –
Patrick Godbey, M.D., FCAP, laboratory director, Southeast Georgia Health System, was recently elected
to a two-year term as the president-elect of the College of American Pathologists’
(CAP) Board of Governors.
Godbey was sworn into office at a ceremony held in Oxon Hill, Maryland,
on Oct. 7, 2017, at the College’s annual meeting, CAP ’17
– The Pathologists’ Meeting™. The president-elect is
elected by board-certified fellows within CAP.
“I am truly honored and gratified by the confidence that my peers
have placed in me by allowing me to serve as president-elect of the College
of American Pathologists,” Godbey says. “Thank you to everyone
who voted and supported me during this important election. I will work
hard to ensure that the CAP continues to provide for the needs of its
current and future Fellows so that we may continue to provide
care to our patients.”
The College of American Pathologists is the world’s largest association
composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is the worldwide
leader in laboratory quality assurance. CAP advocates for 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 and their accreditation
After receiving his medical degree in 1979 from the Medical College of
Georgia in Augusta, Godbey completed internship and residency programs
in obstetrics and gynecology and anatomic and clinical pathology at the
Medical College of Georgia. He is board-certified in anatomic and clinical
pathology as well as obstetrics and gynecology.
Godbey joined the Southeast Georgia Health System medical staff in 1983
as an obstetrician and gynecologist before transitioning to the practice
of anatomic and clinical pathology. Godbey also currently serves as CEO
and laboratory director of Southeastern Pathology Associates.
An active member of the CAP for 25 years, Godbey was elected to his first
full term as a member of the CAP Board of Governors in 2011, and held
that position for two full terms, six years. He is also the recent chair
of the Council on Government and Professional Affairs that oversees the
direction of the organization’s legislative and regulatory advocacy
efforts on behalf of patients, pathology, and medical laboratories—an
issue he intends to focus on during his term as president-elect and later
Godbey has also served many other CAP Committee appointments, including
vice chair of the Council on Accreditation and Council on Membership and
Professional Development; member of the Audit Committee, Conflicts of
Interest Review Committee, Finance Committee, Investment Committee, Risk
Management Committee and SNOMED Terminology Solutions (STS) Venture Steering
Committee (SVSC); and delegate, House of Delegates.
He is a member of the Georgia Medicare Contractor Advisory Committee; a
clinical faculty member of the Department of Pathology, Medical College
of Georgia and College of Coastal Georgia; and board chair of the Camden
Healthcare Network, a 300-member multispecialty group. He is also the
co-founder and CEO of Southeast Energy/Tabby Power and trustee of Godbey
Charitable Trust for the Godbey Appalachian Center.
Professional positions held throughout his career have included president
of the Glynn County Medical Society, treasurer of the Glynn County Medical
Society and member of the American Pathology Foundation Finance Committee,
University of Georgia Honors Program Advisory Board and State of Georgia
Maternal Mortality Review Committee.
Godbey is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists,
American Pathology Foundation, American Society of Clinical Pathology,
Association for Pathology Informatics, California Society of Pathologists,
Chinese American Pathologists Association, Florida Society of Pathologists,
Georgia Association of Pathologists, Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology
Society, Michigan Society of Pathologists, Pennsylvania Association of
Pathologists, Texas Society of Pathologists and United States and Canadian
Academy of Pathology.