The awardee is selected by the Board of Directors.
Stuart J. Schnitt, M.D.
2018 F.K. Mostofi Distinguished Service Award
Stuart J. Schnitt, M.D. is the Chief of Breast Oncologic Pathology at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, Associate Director of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women’s Hospital Breast Oncology Program, co-leader of the Dana Farber Harvard Cancer Center Breast Program, Senior Pathologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, and an internationally recognized expert in breast pathology.
Dr. Schnitt received his undergraduate (B.S.) degree in 1975 from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York where he graduated summa cum laude, with honors in Biology. He subsequently received his M.D. degree from Albany Medical College in in 1979. Following medical school, he did an internship and residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston (1979-1983) followed by a fellowship in surgical pathology, also at Beth Israel Hospital (1983-1984). Following his fellowship, he was recruited to join the faculty of the Beth Israel Hospital Department of Pathology and remained at Beth Israel Hospital (and subsequently Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) until 2017, including 11 years of service as Director of Anatomic Pathology and subsequently Vice Chair for Anatomic Pathology. In August of 2017, he joined the faculty of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Pathology and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Dr. Schnitt has published over 340 original articles, reviews, editorials, commentaries, and book chapters, primarily in the area of breast diseases, and he has lectured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Australia and Asia, including over 45 visiting professorships and named lectures. Along with Dr. Laura Collins, he has authored a popular breast pathology textbook entitled “Biopsy Interpretation of the Breast”, now in its third edition; the first two editions of this book have also been published in Chinese. In addition, he is one of the editors of the 4th Edition of the “World Health Organization Classification of Tumours of the Breast”, published in 2012. He currently serves on the editorial board of 13 journals and is an Associate Editor of npjBreast Cancer. His awards and honors include the Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists Annual Prize (1999), the Golden Microscope Award for Resident Teaching and Mentoring at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (2003), the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Albany Medical College (2014), the Lynn Sage Distinguished Lecturer (2014), and the Maude Abbot Lecture at the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology Annual Meeting (2016).
Dr. Schnitt has been associated with the International Academy of Pathology (IAP) and the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) since he was a resident and he has attended every annual meeting since 1982. He has served as a moderator of numerous proffered paper sessions, a member of the Abstract Review Board, a director of seven short courses, and a speaker in four Long Courses as well as in numerous Companion Society and Specialty Conference sessions. He served as co-director of the Long Course in Breast Pathology at the 2009 annual meeting, a director of the Academy’s summer Diagnostic Pathology course from 2006-2010, the first moderator of the Breast Evening Specialty Conference, and chair of the most recent USCAP Executive Vice President Search Committee (2013- 2014). In addition, he served terms on the USCAP Education Committee (1997-2001) and Council (2002-2005) as well as terms as USCAP Vice President (2008-2009), President-elect (2009-2010), President (2010-2011) and Past President (2011-2012). He currently serves as a North American Vice President of the IAP, a member of the IAP Education Committee, and a member of the USCAP Presidents’ Helix.
Dr. Schnitt is honored and humbled by being selected as this year’s recipient of the F.K. Mostofi Distinguished Service Award.