Stuart J. Schnitt

Stuart J. Schnitt


Born: Brooklyn, New York

Academic Degrees

  • BS: Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, 1975
  • MD: Albany Medical College of Union University, Albany, NY 1979

Academic Positions

  • Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA: Clinical Fellow (1980), Instructor (1984), Assistant Professor (1987), Associate Professor (1993), Professor (2003) of Pathology


  • Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

Selected Career Highlights

  • Director, Division of Anatomic Pathology at Beth Israel Deaconess (2006-present).

  • Author of over 200 original articles, review articles and book chapters, primarily in the area of breast pathology. Author, with Laura C. Collins, of the textbook Biopsy Interpretation of the Breast, 2008. Appointed one of the editors for the 4th Edition of the World Health organization Classification of Tumours of the Breast.

  • Major interests include: clinico-pathologic and pathologic-epidemiological and basic pathology studies to elucidate risk factors for local recurrence in patients with invasive breast cancer and ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) treated with breast-conserving therapy, to define risk factors for subsequent breast cancer in women with benign breast disease, and to develop an understanding of factors associated with tumor progression in the breast. Many of these studies have had a major impact on the management of patients with invasive breast cancer, DCIS and benign breast disease world-wide.

  • Seminal contributions include: 1) First description of an extensive intraductal component as a risk factor for local recurrence in patients with invasive breast cancer treated with conservative surgery and radiation therapy; 2) First detailed pathologic description of the effects of therapeutic doses of ionizing radiation on non-neoplastic human breast tissue; 3) First confirmatory study of the relationship between various categories of histologically proven benign breast and breast cancer risk using standardized criteria; 4) First detailed description of angiogenesis in DCIS; and 5) First large population-based study of the relationship between radial scars and breast cancer risk.

  • Member, Editorial Board (over 12 journals) including:

    • International Journal of Surgical Pathology
    • American Journal of Surgical Pathology
    • Advances in Anatomic Pathology
    • The Breast Journal
    • Seminars in Breast Disease
    • Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
    • Human Pathology
    • Journal of Clinical Oncology
    • Human Pathology
    • Breast Cancer Online
    • Breast Cancer Research
    • Modern Pathology
    • Annals of Diagnostic Pathology
  • Member of two USCAP Long Courses on Breast Disease (Co-Director of the USCAP 2009 Long Course on Breast Diseases).

  • Recipient of the Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists Annual Prize (1999), awarded to a pathologist under the age of 45 who has made significant contributions to the field.

  • Recipient of the Golden Microscope Award for Resident Teaching and Mentoring at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (2003).

  • Member, USCAP Education Committee (1997-2001) and USCAP Council (2002-2005).

  • Hobbies include guitar, cycling, tennis and travel.


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