Sharon Weiss

Sharon Ann Whelan Weiss


Born: Lynn, Massachusetts

Academic Degrees

  • AB: Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 1966
  • MD: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 1971

Academic Positions

  • 1975 - 1976 Assistant Professor of Pathology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • 1976 - 1989 Assistant Chairman then Acting Chairman (1988), Department of Soft Tissue Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D.C.
  • 1989 - 1998 A. James French Professor of Pathology, Director of Anatomic Pathology and Chief of Surgical Pathology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1998 Professor and Vice-chair, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Assistant Dean for Faculty Development, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia; 2006 Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Emory


  • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland (Chief Resident, Pathology)

Selected Career Highlights

  • Phi Beta Kappa; Alpha Omega Alpha.

  • First woman Chief Resident of the Department of Pathology at Johns Hopkins.

  • Worked with Dr. Franz Enzinger at the AFIP for 13 years and authored over 30 important papers there, including seminal works on MFH, borderline vascular tumors (epithelioid hemangioendothelioma, spindle cell hemangioendothelioma).

  • The first A. James French Professor of Diagnostic Pathology (1995) at the University of Michigan.

  • Authored over 150 papers, 3 chapters, and 3 major books.

  • For the USCAP she served as Co-Director of the Long Course on Soft Tissue Pathology (1995); Co-director, Short Course on Soft Tissue Tumors; Moderator, Bone and Soft Tissue Specialty Conference; Co-Director of Diagnostic Pathology. In 2001 She gave the Maude Abbott Lecture.

  • Member of 9 Editorial Boards, including:

    • Advances in Anatomic Pathology 
    • American Journal of Clinical Pathology
    • American Journal of Dermatopathology
    • American Journal of Surgical Pathology
    • International Surgical Pathology
    • Journal of the National Cancer Institute
    • Modern Pathology and 
    • Seminars in Diagnostic Path
  • Chair, Second World Health Organization Committee for Classification of Soft Tissue Tumors, 1994.

  • Featured in Cosmopolitan in 1974 as part of an article on women in medicine (making her almost certainly the only Vice-chair and Professor of Pathology to be so recognized!).

  • Co-author of the textbook Soft Tissue Tumors (first with Drs. F. Enzinger, then John Goldblum). Now in its fifth edition: Enzinger and Weiss's Soft Tissue Tumors, 2007.

  • Recipient of many honors including the Wellesley Distinguished Alumna Award (1996), the Johns Hopkins Distinguished Alumnus (Society of Scholars) (2000) and the Fred Stewart Award from Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, NYC (2007).

  • A highly sought after lecturer - worldwide.

  • Best friends: husband, Bernie, and her daughter, Francine.

  • Hobbies include professional decorating of cakes (for others).


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