The United States-Canadian Academy of Pathology is especially pleased to present the F. K. Mostofi
Distinguished Service Award in 2004 to Dr. Donald A. Antonioli for his leadership and continuous
outstanding service to the Academy over the past 25 years.
Dr. Antonioli is a native of Framingham, Massachusetts and received both his baccalaureate and
medical doctorate degrees at Tufts University, followed by a medical internship at the New-England
Medical Center and a residency in pathology at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. After two years of
active duty as a pathologist at the U.S. Naval Hospital in St. Albans, New York, he returned to the
Beth Israel in 1971 as a junior staff member. He progressed through the ranks at the hospital and
Harvard Medical School, participating in practically every position that deals with the education of
medical students and residents, and has achieved positions of leadership and great respect at the
institutions. Dr. Antonioli's commanding medical roles in education have been evident locally and
also, by extensive participation in conferences and as a visiting professor, in many institutions
throughout the country and the world.
At Harvard Medical School, Dr. Antonioli has served on the Student Faculty Committee, the Board of
Advisors to assist the students in the selection of courses, the Faculty Curriculum Committee and the
Assessment Committee of which he was chairman. Most recently, he has been a member of the Faculty
Council and of the Task Force to evaluate the needs for a new curriculum. In more direct teaching
roles, Donald has been a director of courses dealing with general Pathophysiology and with the special
area of Gastrointestinal Diseases for both the regular Harvard and the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and
Technology curricula. At the former Beth Israel Hospital and current Beth Israel Deaconess Medical
Center, Dr. Antonioli has played a dominant role in the development of training programs and in the
overall education of our residents and fellows. He served for many years as the Director of the
Residency Training Program and is currently Associate Director for all Graduate Medical Education at the
hospital. It is noteworthy that he was the first recipient of the S. Robert Stone Award for Teaching
at the Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard Medical School in 1981, and he has continued to have a stellar
career of service to the education of Pathology over the past two decades.
His participation in committees and courses dealing with Pathology and Gastroenterology has been
extensive and involved many medical societies. He has been a member of numerous NIH special review
committees and site visit study sections, and has served as chairman of the Pathology Program
Directors Society and the Rodger Haggitt Gastrointestinal Pathology Society. He is currently a member
of the Editorial Boards of Modern Pathology, The American Journal of Surgical
Pathology and Human Pathology, and is a member of The American
College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
However, his greatest contributions have been to the United States-Canadian Academy of Pathology where
he has provided almost nonstop contributions to our activities with a role in every aspect of our
programs and organization. Donald has been a panelist and moderator of the evening GI specialty
conference, served as a faculty member for the long course on Gastrointestinal Pathology in 1988 and
returned as faculty and co-director of the course in 2002. He was also a member of the Education
Committee and has served for multiple terms on the Abstract Review Board. More recently, he has
served as the Ambassador for the residents at our hospital and will be participating in the summer
Diagnostic Pathology course beginning in 2004. Dr. Antonioli has also presented three outstanding
courses for the Academy, dealing with the Surgical Pathology of the Esophagus and Gastroduodenum;
Current Concepts in Inflammatory Conditions of the Esophagus, Stomach and Duodenum; and Controversies
in Gastrointestinal Pathology.
Aside from the educational endeavors, Donald has directed numerous research projects. Earlier work
dealt with the effects of DES on the vaginal mucosa and its correlation with colposcopy, providing the
first description of the evolution over time of these abnormalities. He subsequently has concentrated
on investigations of the gastrointestinal tract, with major contributions related to esophagitis,
including the detailed description of allergic esophagitis in pediatric patients; to Barrett's
esophagus; to the prevalence and types of gastric carcinomas; and to detailed analyses of allergic and
lymphocytic/collagenous colitis. He has provided over 150 original articles, books, chapters and
reviews, and most notably was one of the senior editors for the first three editions of Diagnostic Surgical Pathology, one of the standard textbooks in the field. He
is continuing his major role in education in Pathology by serving as the senior author for the Armed
Forces Institute of Pathology Fourth Series Fascicle on Tumors of the Esophagus and Stomach.
Dr. Antonioli is an accomplished pathologist, a charming and humorous gentlemen, and a dear colleague
and friend. For his extraordinary service and leadership in the fields of general and
gastrointestinal pathology at the hospital, medical school and throughout the overall pathology
community, the United States-Canadian Academy is pleased to honor him with this prestigious award.