F.K. Mostofi

Fatholla Keshvar "Kash" Mostofi


Born: 10 August 1911, Teheran, Iran (Persia, as he liked to call it)

Died: 6 April 2003, Washington, DC

Academic Degrees

  • AB and BS: University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska 1935
  • MD: Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 1939

Academic Positions

  • 1943 - 1944 Assistant Pathologist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1947 - 1948 Special Research Fellow, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
  • 1948 - 2003 Head of Urologic Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D.C.
  • 1948 - 1962 Pathologist and Special Assistant for Veterans Administration Central Laboratory for Anatomical Pathology and Research, Washington, D.C.
  • 1957 - 1959 Scientific Director, American Registry of Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC
  • 1960 Associate Professor of Pathology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1960 Clinical Professor of Pathology, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
  • 1976 Professor of Pathology, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Washington, D.C.


  • St. Luke's Hospital, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston Lying-in-Hospital, Free Hospital for Women and Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

Selected Career Highlights

  • Most, if not all, considered him the world's leading expert in the field of genitourinary pathology. He authored over 200 articles and 15 books on genitourinary pathology, and has had five books dedicated to him. He welcomed numerous students from all over the world, and traveled extensively.

  • It has been said that, "in comparison with all other pathologists in the world, Kash Mostofi is the one most likely to be recognized on sight by his fellow pathologists".

  • Head, WHO International Reference Center for Urological Tumors (since 1965). His classifications of testicular tumors, and of tumors of the urinary bladder, prostate and kidney were adopted by the WHO and translated into multiple languages. As Secretary of the International Council of Societies of Pathology, he organized the distribution of teaching aids prepared by the WHO and other organizations to national pathology societies throughout the world, and has assisted the WHO in selecting participants in various organ-site programs for their International Histological Classification of Tumors.

  • In 1952 took over the floundering IAMM and developed it into the IAP. In addition to developing the Academy's first post graduate education program for physicians (which anticipated by almost 20 years the current interest in postgraduate education of physicians), he served as its Secretary-Treasurer from 1954-1970 (six terms!). His energy and strength, enthusiasm, knowledge, experience, and direction provided the touch to make the IAP what it is today. During his eighteen years as Secretary-Treasurer, the character of the Academy emerged as the pattern of a Persian rug emerges from its myriad details. Perhaps recollecting how a whole village together worked to make a beautiful rug, he worked indefatigably with many others, and they fashioned the IAP as it grew up from the old IAMM.

  • At the Annual Meeting of the IAP in 1953 he introduced a new approach to an indepth study of one organ, in this case--the kidney. The embryology, anatomy, physiology and pathology were presented by a number of speakers. This format was an immediate success, and became the model for the "Long Course" which has been so popular at the IAP and USCAP meetings ever since. He also introduced the "kidney nights" (the beginning of the evening Specialty Conferences at the IAP/USCAP Annual Meetings.

  • He engineered the constitutional establishment of the USCAP and the IAP. He saw the IAP in its present form come into being at the International Congress in Washington DC in 1976, the end of his second year as President of the IAP.

  • For his efforts on behalf of the IAMM/IAP/USCAP he received a Gold Medallion from the USCAP, the only one ever having been presented by the USCAP. The USCAP established an F.K. Mostofi Award for Distinguished Service, and the 93rd Annual Meeting (2004) of the USCAP was dedicated to him.

  • In the 1950's he played a pivotal role in the study of human factors in aircraft accidents. Together with British and Canadian experts, he organized the First International Symposium on the subject and helped create the Joint Committee on Aviation Pathology, serving as Secretary of the Committee from 1954-1960, designing a wide-ranging program for comprehensive examination of aircraft accidents and to collect information for aircraft safety.

  • Advisor and consultant to many organizations including the International Agency for Cancer Research, the WHO, the International Union Against Cancer, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and the Pan American Health Organization.

  • In 1982 received the Distinguished Executive Rank Award from the US President Ronald Reagan. He also received the Presidential Honor Award from the American Urological Association and the Presidential Award from the American Foundation for Urologic Diseases.

  • The architect of the International Society of Urologic Pathology and its founding President. The Pediatric Pathology Club had its origin in his hotel room at the USCAP meeting.

  • His last publication was an Editorial in Human Pathology (34:203) entitled "The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Jeopardy - Who Should Care?"

  • As Dr. William Gardner quotes Sir Christopher Wren's epitaph: "Lector, Sin Monumentum Requiris Circumspice" (If you seek his monument, look about you).

  • He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.


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