Henry D. Appelman

Henry D. Appelman


Born: Chicago, Illinois

Academic Degrees

  • MD: The University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1961

Academic Positions

  • 1968 - 1969 Assistant Professor of Pathology, Hahnemann Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Assistant Professor (1969), Associate Professor (1971) and Professor (1975) of Pathology, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan


  • Wayne County General Hospital and The University of Michigan

Military Service

  • 1966 - 1968 Captain, U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps, assigned to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D.C.

Selected Career Highlights

  • Was taught by and worked with the following renowned pathologists: Drs. A. James French, Murray Abell, Elston Helwig, Kamal Ishak, John Batsakis, Harold Oberman and Terry Headington.

  • He was steered into Gastrointestinal Pathology in the mid 1960's during his time as a soldier at the AFIP. There he saw, and helped, this field grow up as clinical and endoscopic capabilities were developing, working with many of the world's best known and most accomplished GI pathologists.

  • Author of over a 130 publications, 120 abstracts, 20 chapters and five books.

  • First Short Course in Gastrointestinal Pathology (solo) for the IAP (1972-1978).

  • Panel Member of the first evening Specialty Conference on Gastrointestinal Pathology (1977) (with Drs. B. Hawk, H. Goldman, S-C Ming, T. Kent, T. Norris, R. Riddell, and J. Yardley).

  • Organized activities that led to the establishment of the Gastrointestinal Pathology Club, later changed to the Gastrointestinal Pathology Society (and was its First President in1980-1981).

  • President of OESO (Organization for Statistical Studies of Diseases of the Esophagus) (2006 to present).

  • Charter Member of the week-long ASCP GI Pathology Course (1979) (dubbed "The Roadshow"), a course still going strong with Dr. Appelman after 28 years.

  • Editor of the multiauthored text on Diseases of the Upper Gut (and the gastroenterologists were buying it!).

  • With Dr. Rodger Haggitt and Bob Riddell, presented the 1987 slide seminar on GI pathology for the ASCP (with 1500 attendees).

  • Co-Director, USCAP Long Course on GI Pathology (1988) with Dr. H. Goldman.

  • Co-Author of AFIP/ARP Fascicle on Tumors of the Esophagus and Stomach (with Dr. K. Lewin)(1996).

  • Member, Editorial Boards including:

    • Human Pathology
    • Modern Pathology
    • American Journal of Surgical Pathology
  • Numerous awards and honors including: Distinguished Service Award Honoring George Stevenson and the H. P. Smith Award for Distinguished Pathology Educator from the ASCP.

  • Development of innovative, creative and interactive postgraduate educational activities in pathology with Dr. Barbara McKenna.

  • Married to Harlene and has two children (Avery and Brett), 3 step-children (Gabi, Avi and Naomi), and two "obviously superior" grandchildren (Lillianna and Branson). "Some guys just luck out".

  • Loves traveling, attending plays and concerts, eating ethnic foods, drinking red wines and cooking gourmet meals at home.


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