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.
David S. Klimstra, M.D.
2019 Maude Abbott Lecture
Dr. Klimstra is an Attending Pathologist and Chairman of the Department of Pathology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and also a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He received his M.D. degree and completed his Anatomic Pathology Residency at Yale University, and undertook fellowship training in oncologic surgical pathology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is an internationally recognized expert on the pathology of tumors of the digestive system, pancreas, liver and neuroendocrine system. His research focuses on the correlation of morphological and immunohistochemical features of tumors of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, biliary tree, and (most notably) pancreas with their clinical and molecular characteristics. His work has contributed significantly to our understanding of the pathology, genomics, and clinical behavior of a wide array of pancreatic neoplasms, and he has been instrumental in refining and standardizing the approach to classifying and grading neuroendocrine neoplasms. Dr. Klimstra has published over 375 primary articles and has co-authored the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology fascicles on Tumors of the Pancreas and Tumors of the Gallbladder, Extrahepatic Bile Ducts and Ampulla of Vater, and he co-authored the most recent WHO classifications of tumors of the Digestive System and of the Endocrine Organs. He has lectured world-wide on topics related to tumor pathology, has mentored over two dozen GI pathology fellows, and has received several teaching awards.