John B. Hazard

John Beach Hazard


Born: 7 January 1905, White Horse, Pennsylvania

Died: 13 September 1994, Key Biscayne, Florida

Academic Degrees

  • BS and MS: University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 1925
  • MD: Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts 1930

Academic Positions

  • 1931 - 1932 Instructor in Pathology, Boston University School of Medicine
  • 932 - 1946 Assistant Professor of Pathology, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1934 - 1946 Pathologist, Faulkner Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1938 - 1946 Consultant in Pathology, Robert Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1946 - 1957 Head, Department of Pathology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio (recruited by George Crile to become the First Chairman of Pathology)
  • 1951 - 1970 Associate then Clinical Professor of Pathology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • 1958 - 1970 Chairman, Division of Pathology, Cleveland Clinic (Served on Board of Governors and as a Trustee and Acting Head of the Division of Research)


  • Boston City Hospital (Mallory Institute of Pathology), Boston, Massachusetts (under Frank B. Mallory)

Selected Career Highlights

  • Author of many publications, mostly on endocrine pathology, including seminal works on the presence of amyloid in medullary carcinoma of the thyroid (the first description), small sclerosing carcinomas of the thyroid (so-called "the Hazard-Crile lesion"). He also wrote on renal disease, cytology, and other areas.

  • Editor and Author of "The Thyroid" (1964), a seminal text in thyroid disease, and author of the endocrine sections of "Concepts of Disease" (1971).

  • Chairman of the American Medical Association's pathology section; Director of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists; Vice President and distinguished Service Award of the American Thyroid Association.

  • Editor of the Cleveland Clinic Quarterly (forerunner of the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine) (1953-1970).

  • Trustee of Blue Cross giving wise counsel that helped physicians, patients and others.

  • Known as "Beach" to his friends he had "a life-long interest in horses and horse-racing. It was a rare Kentucky Derby where he and Mae (his wife) were not in attendance. It is rumored that his encyclopedic memory, wide knowledge, and scientific know-how coupled with careful study of the racing Form enabled him not only to stay out of debt but to finish in the black year after year!"


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