Associates in Dermatology Lab Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists

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Associates in Dermatology joins the more than 7600 CAP-Certified medical facilities worldwide.

"Dr. Gelikman and his staff work hard to ensure our laboratory provides the highest level of Anatomic pathology and Dermapathology services..." - Dr. Michael Steppie, MD.

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The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to Associates in Dermatology Laboratory in Kissimmee. AID has multiple locations serving the Middle District of Florida. CAP is the leading organization of board-certified pathologists in the United States and, following a recent on-site accreditation inspection of the AID lab, informed Dr. Michael Steppie (President and Medical Director at AID) of their most recent achievement. AID proudly joins the more than 7,600 CAP-Certified medical facilities worldwide.

Founded more than fifty years ago, the U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program as being "equal to" or "more stringent" than the federal agency's own compliance inspection program.

"This award is well deserved," said Associates in Dermatology Medical Director, Michael Steppie, MD, "Dr. Gelikman and his staff work hard to ensure our laboratory provides the highest level of Anatomic pathology and Dermapathology services for Associates in Dermatology patients throughout Central Florida and Greater Orlando area."

The Associates in Dermatology laboratory director, Grigory Gelikman, MD, was directly advised of the laboratory's excellence of pathology services being provided and congratulated by CAP on the special recognition. Dr. Gelikman and his highly trained staff analyze biopsied tissue and interpret medical tests completed by other Associate in Dermatology physicians throughout the Middle District of Florida. Skin cancer diagnoses are also performed by AID dermatopathologists, dermatologists or mohs surgeons to determine the safe and complete removal of affected areas.

College of American Pathologists

The College of American Pathologists is a medical society that serves the laboratory community worldwide. With more than 18,000 physician members, CAP is the world's largest association of board-certified pathologists and is celebrating 50 years as the gold standard in laboratory accreditation and lab quality assurance. Pathologists and laboratory professionals who are members of CAP have access to essential resources and publications to help them make informed decisions about diagnosis and treatment in patient care.

During the CAP accreditation review, inspectors follow a strict process designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all facets of laboratory activities. Inspectors examine the laboratory's facilities, safety programs, lab equipment, staff qualifications, patient records and overall management guidelines. CAP inspectors also conduct a thorough review of the laboratory's quality control for all procedures and record keeping for the previous two years.

The CAP Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the member organization and supports vulnerable patients by connecting them with the live-saving skills of dedicated pathologists who volunteer their time and expertise. Over the past 25 years, AID physicians and staff have provided patient-access to the latest and most advanced dermatologic treatments for surgical and non-surgical procedures. Dr. Steppie has been an ardent supporter of the Central Florida community and charities in ways that go far beyond his routine practice to provide free medical care to the region's uninsured and indigent.

To learn more about advanced certifications offered by the College of American Pathologists, visit their website at http://www.cap.org.

About Michael Steppie, MD

Dr. Steppie is a board-certified physician who has completed residencies in internal medicine, dermatology and dermatologic surgery and is a highly qualified MOHS micrographic skin cancer surgeon. He is a dedicated member of the prestigious Amonette Circle of Skin Cancer Foundation and has been honored with multiple American Medical Association Physician Recognition Awards, the Compassionate Doctor Award as well as being voted one of America's Top Physicians for three consecutive years.

In 2012, Dr. Steppie was selected in 2012 by WebMD® to become their skin cancer expert among the Melanoma Skin Cancer Community. Most recently, Dr. Steppie, who has been the sponsor for the UV Index on local television weather forecasts, met with world renown TV personality "Dr. Oz" at the filming of a local FOX network broadcast and discussed how more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed annually in the United States.

Dr. Steppie also serves as an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of Central Florida and as Clinical Assistant Professor in Dermatology at the Florida State University College of Medicine (Orlando Regional Campus). His work is often referenced and his expert opinions have been quoted in publications such as Men's Health Magazine and television programs for ABC News.

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