Louis P. “Pepper” Dehner
Born: St. Louis, Missouri
- AB: Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1962;
- MD: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 1966
- 1970 - 1971 Assistant in Pathology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
- 1971 - 1974 Instructor then Assistant Professor (1972) in Pathology and Obstetrics and Gynecology in Pathology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
- 1974 - 1976 Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- 1976 - 1989 Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, and Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- 1989 Professor of Pathology and Immunology, Washington University School of Medicine
- Director of Anatomic Pathology and Surgical Pathologist-in-Chief, Barnes-Jewish Hospital
- Pathologist-in-Chief and Chairman of Pathology, St. Louis Children’s Hospital
- Professor of Pathology in Pediatrics, St. Louis, MO
- Barnes Hospital, St. Louis Missouri
- 1967 - 1968 Pathologist and Laboratory Officer, U.S. Naval Support Activity, Station Hospital, Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam
- 1968 - 1970 Research Assistant to the Director, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D.C.
- 1970 - 1973 Lieutenant Commander, Medical Corps, United States Navy Reserve, Medical Officer, 3rd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, FMF
Selected Career Highlights
His father was an All Big-Ten basketball star at the University of Illinois and worked as a teacher and athletic director at one of the local high schools. His mother was also a teacher.
Came under the charismatic influences of Drs. John Kissane and Lauren Ackerman while at Washington University School of Medicine in the Department of Pathology.
Served a full tour of duty as a pathologist and laboratory officer in Vietnam, and contributed to the literature on military vehicular accidents and infectious diseases in wartime settings. Also participated in clinical care in the war zones.
While at the AFIP was said to have published at least one article in each of the Divisions (with Dr. Bruce Hamilton Smith, Kamal Ishak, Henry Jason Norris, and Herbert Taylor, to name a few).
Involved in the systematic growth of pediatric surgical pathology.
Author of Pediatric Surgical Pathology, the first and exceedingly successful textbook (first published in 1975).
Highlights of his accomplishments include: major publication on various small round-cell malignancies, seminal descriptions of several neoplastic or hamartomatous proliferations of childhood, and other pediatric conditions.
Member, Editorial Board of 10 journals including:
- Archives of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
- Modern Pathology
- Pediatric Pathology
- Perspectives in Pediatric Pathology
- The American Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
- The American Journal of Surgical Pathology
Author of over 350 publications, and another 300 book chapters and selected presentations.
Recipient of a great many awards and named lectureships and visiting professorships.
A true "Renaissance Man" whose interests include military history, art, theology, political thought, symphonic music and jazz. He is a major book collector.