|2017||Peter A. Humphrey|
|2016||Stuart J. Schnitt|
|2015||Ricardo V. Lloyd|
|1998||Louis P. Dehner|
The Maude Abbott Lecture is a prestigious scholarly and/or scientific presentation by a revered authority in pathology who has contributed, and continues to contribute, to the advancement of pathology in the areas of teaching, research and clinical practice. The selected individual must be capable of giving a lucid and erudite lecture relating to contemporary pathology and should be a member of USCAP. Designation as the Maude Abbott Lecturer represents one of the most important USCAP honors.
The lecturer is selected at the interim meeting, by vote of the Board of Directors, from three candidates proposed by the Executive Committee. The lecture is delivered at the Annual Meeting approximately 18 months later.
Peter A. Humphrey, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Peter A. Humphrey is a surgical pathologist with expertise in urologic and prostate pathology. He was born in Chicago, Illinois and earned his B.A. from the University of Kansas, where he majored in chemistry and biochemistry. In 1984 he received his M.D. degree and Ph.D. degree (in biochemistry) from the University of Kansas Medical Center, followed by anatomic pathology residency at Duke University Medical Center. During the middle of his residency he took 2 research years to work on epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutant proteins and was awarded, at a USCAP meeting, the Benjamin Castleman Award for the work, published in PNAS, on creation of an antibody specific for a deletion mutant EGFR protein expressed in glioblastomas. During residency at Duke he launched his career-long interest in urologic pathology and prostate cancer, at a time when there was a surge of national clinical interest in prostate cancer with the introduction of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing and more widespread utilization of radical prostatectomy. In December 1988, he joined the faculty at Duke as Assistant Professor of Pathology and in 1992 left to become Associate Professor at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where he became Full Professor and in 2006 was named the Ladenson Professor and Director of Anatomic and Molecular Pathology. In 2014 he joined the Yale School of Medicine Department of Pathology as Professor and Director of Genitourinary Pathology.
Dr. Humphrey has published over 330 papers, reviews, and book chapters, with a dominant focus on genitourinary pathology and diseases of the prostate. He is sole author of the 2003 textbook Prostate Pathology, is co-author of the 2011 AFIP Fascicle on Tumors of the Prostate, is editor and co-author of the 2008 and 2012 editions of The Washington Manual of Surgical Pathology, is co-author of the 2014 textbook Neoplastic Mimics in Genitourinary Pathology, and is a volume editor and co-author of the 2016 WHO Classification of Tumours of the Urinary System and Male Genital Organs. He has lectured and given courses throughout the United States and world, including 6 of the 7 continents (with only Antarctica to go). His prostate research includes clinico-pathologic and molecular pathologic studies. Molecular pathologic studies led to publications on the role of hepatocyte growth factor (scatter factor) and its receptor, c-met in prostate cancer, and separate papers on gene expression profiling of prostatic atrophy, ductal adenocarcinoma of the prostate, and acinar prostate cancer. Surgical pathology investigations include an original description of pseudohyperplastic adenocarcinoma and characterization of additional deceptively benign appearing prostate cancers including microcystic, foamy, and atrophic adenocarcinomas. Additional papers have addressed diagnostic immunohistochemistry, prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia, screen-detected prostate cancers, and prognostic indicators of tumor extent and grade.
Teaching/ medical education is a vital component of Dr. Humphrey’s career. He feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to provide many courses and lectures in many different venues. He also feels privileged to have worked with so many bright residents and fellows over the years. He has won resident teaching awards at Duke University and Washington University.
Dr. Humphrey first attended a United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) Annual Meeting as a resident and has attended and contributed to every USCAP Annual Meeting since 1987. He has served as member of the Nominating Committee, member of Council, member of the Abstract Review Board, and member of the Education Committee. He has been moderator of numerous platform sessions, has helped give two short courses, and co-directed the 2003 Long Course on Prostate. The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology has been crucial in Dr. Humphrey’s career development. He is honored to provide the 2017 Maude Abbott Lecture.