William Hartmann

William Herman Hartmann


Born: New York, New York

Academic Degrees

  • BA: Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, 1951
  • MD: State University of New York, College of Medicine, Syracuse, NY, 1955

Academic Positions

  • 1961-1967 Assistant-Associate Professor of Pathology, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1968 Professor of Pathology, University of Tennessee School of Medicine, Memphis, TN
  • 1971-1987 Professor of Pathology and Director of Surgical pathology, Vanderbilt University; School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee (1971-1973); Chairman of the Department of Pathology (1973-1987)
  • 1988-1992 Director of Pathology Service, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Long Beach, CA


  • Detroit Receiving Hospital, Detroit, Michigan
  • Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan
  • Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Disease, New York, NY
  • National Cancer Institute

Military Service

  • 1960-1962 Chief, Anatomic Pathology, Letterman General Hospital, Presidio of San Francisco, CA

Selected Career Highlights

  • Has participated in the USCAP since year two of his medical school career (1953-present). The first meeting was in Cleveland where his plane landed in a snow storm and skidded down the runway! Gave his first paper on experimental atherosclerosis to an audience of greats including Lauren Ackerman and Arthur Purdy Stout.

  • Executive Vice President, American Board of Pathology (1993-2003); Emeritus Executive Vice President (2004-present).

  • Chair, ACGME Board of Directors (2007-2008). His distinguished service record with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education was more than twenty-five years. He received their 2008 John C. Gienapp Award for outstanding contributions to the enhancement of residency education.

  • Author of more than seventy papers and textbook chapters on a wide variety of subjects in pathology, especially thyroid and breast cancer, patho-epidemiology, and medical administration. To each of these he has brought his distinctive futurist orientation.

  • Editor of the Second series of AFIP Atlases of Tumor Pathology (1975-1987).

  • While on sabbatical in Bern, Switzerland in 1981, he was instrumental in determining the priorities and directions for the Ludwig Cancer Institute. He has also been a visiting scientist in Peru, Japan and the former Soviet Union.

  • President of The Association of Pathology Chairmen (1980) and President of the Arthur Purdy Stout Society (1985-1987).

  • Distinguished Service Awards from the Association of Pathology Chairs (1997) and the ASCP/CAP (2001).

  • Special Award from the Pathology Residents' Forum in recognition of his role as a pathology resident advocate (1999).

  • Wearer of the "Black Tie" at the USCAP Presidents Reception in his honor in New Orleans. He felt it was "entirely appropriate for the President honoree to dress-up (be properly attired)".

  • His passion for fishing has taken him to waters throughout the country and abroad.

  • His hobbies include collecting dictionaries, history of medicine and pathology, poetry (he is a published poet), mentoring, and woodworking.

  • Master consultant, mentor and friend to all of us in pathology. As one of Dr. Hartmann's colleagues says: "Thus, Dr. Hartmann with his quite legendary eye, his keen intellect, his warm heart and his undauntable desire to help others and our discipline has served his profession and its members very well; he has never declined to help anyone who has asked for his help. Although the microscope never left his office(s), his vision(s) never stopped with the present." He has been a side advisor and empathic confidant to an entire generation of individuals, departments and medical schools.


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