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.

Previous Honorees

2018 Stanley R. Hamilton
2017 Peter A. Humphrey
2016 Stuart J. Schnitt
2015 Ricardo V. Lloyd
2014 Ralph Hruban
2013 Victor Reuter
2012 Robert Kurman
2011 Elaine Jaffe
2010 Henry Appleman
2009 Michael Gimbrome
2008 Christopher D.M. Fletcher
2007 Virginia LiVolsi
2006 Anna-Luise Katzenstein
2005 David Page
2004 Aidan Carney
2003 James Downing
2002 Peter Isaacson
2001 Sharon Weiss
2000 Roger Haggitt
1999 Richard Kempson
1998 Louis P. Dehner
1997 Charles Hirsch
1996 Ramzi Cotran
1995 Juan Rosai
1994 Morris Karnovsky
1993 Ronald Dorfman
1992 Robert Scully
1991 Guido Majno
1990 Emanuel Rubin
1989 Leopold Koss
1988 Marilyn Farquhar
1987 Emmanuel Farber
1986 Paul Lacy
1985 Kenneth Brinkhous
1984 William Christopherson
1983 Robert Heptinstall
1982 Raffaele Lattes
1981 Lauren Ackerman
1980 Walter Sandritter