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Medical association honors local doctor

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Dr. Benjamin L. Coulter,

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From Contributed Reports

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Dr. Benjamin L. Coulter, medical director of the Vidant Edgecombe Hospital Laboratory and medical director of the Vidant Multispecialty Clinic-Tarboro Laboratory, has recently been named to the prestigious 2017 “40 Under Forty” list by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Coulter also serves as medical director of Eastern Carolina Pathology and president of Eastern Carolina Pathology Associates and is actively involved with Vidant Edgecombe Hospital’s Clinical Quality Management Committee, Cancer Care Committee and Surgery/Obstetrics and Gynecology Services.

ASCP’s 40 Under Forty program shines the spotlight on 40 highly accomplished pathologists, pathology residents and laboratory professionals under age 40 who have made significant contributions to the profession and stand out as the future of laboratory leadership.

Coulter believes that most patients prefer to receive care that is both close to home and on the leading edge of medicine. His contributions to innovation include implementation of The Bethesda and Paris Systems for thyroid and urine cytology, revamping FNA service lines, implementing EBUS-FNA cytology, and the ASCP Choosing Wisely campaign goals.

Coulter, 37, grew up in the rural foothills of western North Carolina and moved to Wilson in 2013 with his wife, Rebecca, and their two kids, Rubygail and Grayson. He was a Park Scholar at N.C. State University, attended medical school at Wake Forest University and did his residency and fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina.

With this new honor, Coulter will be attending the American Society for Clinical Pathology national meeting coming up in September.

“I look forward to both sharing stories and gaining additional perspectives that impact our patients and clinical laboratories,” Coulter saidr.

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