Benjamin F. Trump

Benjamin Franklin Trump


Born: 23 July 1932 Kansas City, Missouri

Died: 25 February 2008 Denver, Colorado

Academic Degrees

  • BA: University of Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri 1953
  • MD: University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas 1957

Academic Positions

  • 1961 - 1963 Investigator in Experimental Pathology, Office of the Scientific Director, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D.C.
  • 1963 - 1965 Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington
  • 1965 - 1970 Associate then full Professor of Pathology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
  • 1970 Professor and Chairman, Department of Pathology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland


  • University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas
  • University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington

Selected Career Highlights

  • Recipient of the FK Mostofi Distinguished Service Award (1989).

  • Served on sixteen Editorial Boards including:

    • Cell Biology and Toxicology
    • Experimental Pathology
    • Human Pathology
    • Journal of Electron Microscopy Technique
    • Journal of Microscopy
    • Laboratory Investigation
    • Pathology Research and Practice 
    • Survey and Synthesis of Pathology Research
    • Toxicology and Industrial Health
    • Editor in Chief of Toxicologic Pathology (1988-1995)
    • Advisory Editor (1988-1990, during the very beginning) of Modern Pathology
  • His research focuses on cellular and subcellular mechanisms of reaction to injury including carcinogenesis. The main thrusts in his work are on the pathogenesis of ischemic cell injury emphasizing pathophysiolgic mechanisms at the membrane level leading to irreversible cell injury, and on the mechanisms of chemical carcinogenesis correlating studies in animal models with studies of metabolism and response to carcinogens in human tissues. The role of ion shifts, particularly that of calcium, lead him to advance a hypothesis which suggested that the deregulation of this cation results in the stimulation of a variety of catabolic processes, resulting in many pathologic phenomena and ultimately leading to irreversible injury and cell death.

  • Another major study of his is the effect of the environment on humans and other animal species including aquatic systems. He works intensively with computerized microscopic imaging. He was named in Current Contents as "one of the most cited items in its field".

  • Vice President and President, Universities Associated for Research and Education in Pathology (1978-1980).

  • Published over 450 refereed journal articles, 450 scientific abstracts and 14 books.

  • President, Aspen Cancer Conference (1988-2008).

  • Served on the Council of the IAP from 1976-1978 and served as North American Vice President from 1982-1986.

  • He introduced the poster sessions at our USCAP meetings as a means of disseminating scientific information and worked on enhancing the quality of exhibits which were presented.

  • He introduced the First Special Course which was on "Electron Microscopy and Diagnostic Pathology", and has presented special courses on a variety of topics dealing with diagnostic cellular and molecular pathology.

  • Major expertise in fresh-water fishing, and lectured on it, too. Hobbies included painting, photography and writing fiction.


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