Dr. John F. Wilson, who has contributed significantly to health care in the state through his work as a pathologist, has received the "Distinguished Service to Healthcare Award," presented by the Utah Hospital Association.

Wilson, who directs the laboratories at Primary Children's Medical Center, will semi-retire in January, after more than 15 years of service to the pediatric hospital.From 1975 through 1985, Wilson served as the national Children's Cancer Study Group's pathologist-of-record for lymphoma diagnosis. His review of 600 lymphoma cases resulted in a study that was the first to establish a relationship between histo-patholy (the microscopic classification of cancer cells) and the effectiveness of various treatment programs for some childhood lymphomas.

As a result, the survival rate for children with widespread lymphoma soared from 31 to 74 percent.

"What sets Dr. Wilson's contribution to health care apart is the unique combination of his relentless dedication to providing the highest quality clinical care to patients locally, and his force of vision in the pursuit of new knowledge," said medical director Michael A. Simmons.