USCAP Honors

The Maude Abbott Lecture
YearLecturer
2016Stuart J. Schnitt
2015Ricardo V. Lloyd
2014Ralph Hruban
2013Victor Reuter
2012Robert Kurman
2011Elaine Jaffe
2010Henry Appelman
2009Michael Gimbrone
2008Christopher Fletcher
2007Virginia LiVolsi
2006Anna-Luise Katzenstein
2005David Page
2004Aidan Carney
2003James Downing
2002Peter Isaacson
2001Sharon Weiss
2000Roger Haggitt
1999Richard Kempson
1998Louis P. Dehner
1997Charles Hirsch
1996Ramzi Cotran
1995Juan Rosai
1994Morris Karnovsky
1993Ronald Dorfman
1992Robert Scully
1991Guido Majno
1990Emanuel Rubin
1989Leopold Koss
1988Marilyn Farquhar
1987Emmanuel Farber
1986Paul Lacy
1985Kenneth Brinkhous
1984William Christopherson
1983Robert Heptinstall
1982Raffaele Lattes
1981Lauren Ackerman
1980Walter Sandritter

The Maude Abbott Lecture is a prestigious scholarly and/or scientific presentation by a revered authority in pathology who has contributed, and continues to contribute, to the advancement of pathology in the areas of teaching, research and clinical practice. The selected individual must be capable of giving a lucid and erudite lecture relating to contemporary pathology and should be a member of USCAP. Designation as the Maude Abbott Lecturer represents one of the most important USCAP honors. 

The lecturer is selected at the interim meeting, by vote of the Board of Directors, from three candidates proposed by the Executive Committee. The lecture is delivered at the Annual Meeting approximately 18 months later.

Most-Recent Lecturer

Stuart J. Schnitt, M.D.

Stuart J. Schnitt, M.D. is an internationally recognized expert in breast pathology. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Schnitt received his undergraduate (B.S.) degree in 1975 from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York where he graduated summa cum laude, with honors in biology. He subsequently received his M.D. degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, NY in 1979. Following medical school, he did an internship and residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston (1979-1983) followed by a fellowship in surgical pathology, also at Beth Israel Hospital (1983-1984). He then joined the pathology faculty at Beth Israel Hospital in 1984 and has spent his entire career at Beth Israel Hospital/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. He is currently the Director of the Division of Anatomic Pathology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a consultant in pathology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, co-leader of the Dana Farber Harvard Cancer Center Breast Program, and a Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Schnitt has published over 320 original articles, reviews, editorials, commentaries, and book chapters, primarily in the area of breast diseases, and he has lectured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Australia and Asia, including over 40 visiting professorships and named lectures. Along with Dr. Laura Collins, he has authored a popular breast pathology textbook entitled "Biopsy Interpretation of the Breast", now in its second edition; this book has also been published in Chinese. In addition, he is one of the editors of the 4th Edition of the "World Health Organization Classification of Tumours of the Breast", published in 2012. He currently serves on the editorial board of 13 journals and is an Associate Editor of npj Breast Cancer. His awards include the Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists Annual Prize (1999), the Golden Microscope Award for Resident Teaching and Mentoring at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (2003) and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Albany Medical College (2014). He has been cited in multiple editions of "The Best Doctors in America" and "America's Top Doctors". His research interests have focused primarily on risk factors for local recurrence in patients with invasive breast cancer and ductal carcinoma in situ treated with breast conserving therapy, benign breast disease and breast cancer risk, and stromal-epithelial interactions in breast tumor progression.

Dr. Schnitt has been associated with the International Academy of Pathology and the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) since he was a resident and he has attended every Annual Meeting since 1982. He has served as a moderator of numerous proferred paper sessions, a member of the Abstract Review Board, a director of six short courses, and a speaker in three long courses as well as in numerous Companion Society and Specialty Conference sessions. He served as co-director of the Long Course in Breast Pathology at the 2009 USCAP Annual Meeting, a director of the Academy's summer Diagnostic Pathology course from 2006-2010, the first moderator of the Breast Evening Specialty Conference, and chair of the most recent USCAP Executive Vice President Search Committee (2013-2014). In addition, he served terms on the Academy's Education Committee (1997- 2001) and Council (2002-2005) as well as terms as USCAP Vice President (2008-2009), President-elect (2009-2010), President (2010-2011) and Past President (2011-2012).

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