William Gardner

William A. Gardner, Jr


Born: August 2, 1939, Sumter, South Carolina

Died: October 2, 2011

Academic Degrees

  • BS: Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, 1960
  • MS (Anatomy): School of Graduate Studies, Medical College of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, 1963
  • MD: Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina 1965

Academic Positions

  • 1969 - 1976 Assistant Professor, then Associate Professor, then Visiting Professor (1976) of Pathology, Medical University of South Carolina; and Chief, Laboratory Service, Veterans Administration Medical Center. Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1976 - 1981 Professor and Vice-Chairman, Department of Pathology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; and Chief, Laboratory Service, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1981 - 2002 Professor and Chair, (Locke Distinguished Professor of Pathology, 1994), Department of Pathology, University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile, Alabama
  • 2001 - 2001 Assistant Vice President for Risk Administration, University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile, Alabama
  • 2002 Executive Director, American Registry of Pathology, Washington, D.C.


  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
  • Veterans Administration Hospital, Durham, North Carolina

Military Service

  • 1956 - 1959 South Carolina National Guard
  • 1959 - 1962 U.S. Army Reserve, Honorable Discharge

Selected Career Highlights

  • President of the University of South Alabama (USA) Health Services Foundation (1988-1992), and Founder and Medical Director of the Institute for Environmental and Forensic Sciences (at the University of South Alabama)(1985-2002); President of the Medical Staff, USA Hospitals and Clinics (1996-1999); Chair, USA College of Medicine Executive Committee (1997-1999).

  • President of the Association of Pathology Chairs (1992-1994).

  • President of the History of Pathology Society (1999-2000).

  • Member of a great many committees of the USCAP (Education, Finance, Search, Publication (Chair 1993-1996), Council/Executive, AMA Representative, International Councillor, etc.).

  • Consultant to a great many institutions including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Veterans Administration, and multiple medical schools.

  • Recipient of many honors and awards including: Outstanding Young Man of America (1969), Boss of the Year (1975-1976), USCAP Mostofi Award, and the "William Gardner Award for Excellence in Pathology" established by the University of South Alabama (2003).

  • Member of the Editorial Boards of multiple journals including:

    • Annuals of Diagnostic Pathology
    • Human Pathology
    • Journal of Urogenital Pathology
    • Journal of Urology
    • Modern Pathology
  • National and International recognition for research in the area of genitourinary pathology. Reference Pathologist for the Uro-Oncology Research Group and worked closely with the National Prostatic Cancer Project and the Prostate Cancer Working Group for many years. Considered by many as the person most involved with the acceptance and institution of the Gleason Classification for all of pathology/urology in the USA.

  • Published over 100 articles and book chapters; edited two major books in his field.

  • Served as a Fulbright Scholar in the Slovak Republic (1996), extending his interest in medical education to Eastern Europe.

  • Held numerous appointed and elected positions within the CAP, APC and AMA.

  • Editor-in-Chief for the Year Book of Pathology and Clinical Pathology (1990-1993).

  • Co-Director, USCAP Long Course on Reproductive Pathology (1991).

  • North American Vice President of the International Academy of Pathology and Chair of the Finance Committee for the IAP.

  • Member of many Long-Term Strategic Planning Initiatives for Pathology throughout the USA.

  • Co-Founder and Vice President, Education for Democracy, USA, Inc (1990-1996).

  • Well-known and respected for his energetic teaching, great sense of humor, advocating for students and his tremendous leadership qualities.


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