John R. Goldblum
John Reid Goldblum was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before moving to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he received his Bachelor of Science and Medical Degrees. He then pursued a residency in anatomic pathology and a surgical pathology fellowship, also at the University of Michigan. Having been strongly influenced by Drs. Henry Appelman and Sharon Weiss, he focused his training in the areas of gastrointestinal and soft tissue pathology and joined the Department of Anatomic Pathology at the Cleveland Clinic in 1993, where he has been ever since.
In 2002, Dr. Goldblum became Chairman of the Department of Anatomic Pathology. At that time, there were 16 staff members, but the department has grown to over 60 anatomic subspecialty pathologists who handle over 160,000 surgical pathology specimens and over 80,000 cytology specimens yearly. Under Dr. Goldblum’s guidance, the department transformed to a completely subspecialized department, where he has focused his professional efforts on continuing to develop the subspecialty model and mentoring junior faculty to successful academic careers.
Dr. Goldblum has co-authored over 330 publications, mostly in the areas of GI and soft tissue pathology. He co-authored Enzinger and Weiss’s Soft Tissue Tumors 4th, 5th and 6th editions with Dr. Sharon Weiss (and the 6th edition with Dr. Andrew Folpe) and serves as co-editor (with Dr. Robert Odze) for Odze and Goldblum’s Surgical Pathology of the GI Tract, Liver, Biliary Tract and Pancreas, now in its 3rd edition. He has served as Series Editor for Surgical Pathology Clinics (Elsevier) and is Series Editor of the Foundations in Diagnostic Pathology series (also with Elsevier), now in their 3rd editions. He is a member of numerous editorial boards and has served as President of the Gastrointestinal Pathology Society and the Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists.
Dr. Goldblum has dedicated much of his professional life to USCAP. He served as a member of the Education Committee for 14 consecutive years, serving as a member, short course coordinator and chair for six years. He has provided a number of USCAP short courses, has served as moderator and presenter at both the GI and soft tissue evening specialty conferences, served as faculty for three separate long courses (GI and soft tissue), directed the highly successful USCAP Practical Pathology Seminars course from its inception and served as Diagnostic Pathology faculty for eight consecutive years, teaching both GI and soft tissue pathology.
On a personal note, Dr. Goldblum is an avid workout fanatic, loves Bruce Springsteen (now over 74 concerts) and spends much of his free time watching television series (current rankings from the top: The Wire, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Friday Night Lights, and too many others to mention). Of course, Dr. Goldblum’s most important achievement has been his marriage to his wife of 25 years, Asmita, and successfully raising four fabulous children, Andrew (24), Ryan (22), Janavi (18) and Raedan (15). In recent years, he has become a “dog person” and treats his dogs, Luna and Thor, as if they were his 5th and 6th children. He wishes to thank all of them for their incredible support over the years.