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W Stephen Black-Schaffer, MD

  • Phone: 617-724-1463
Department of Pathology


  • Cancer Center
  • Gynecologic Oncology
Clinical Interests
Gynecologic pathology
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, Indiana University
Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
Cytopathology, American Board of Pathology
Anatomic Pathology & Clinical Pathology, American Board of Pathology
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients


Associate Chief for Education and Training
Massachusetts General Hospital

Associate Professor of Pathology
Harvard Medical School


Stephen Black-Schaffer, MD, is Associate Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School and Associate Chief of Pathology and Pathology Residency Training Program Director at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, where he is a practicing surgical and cytopathologist. 

Steve is a past chair of the national pathology residency program directors association (PRODS); he currently chairs the College of American Pathologists'  (CAP) Workgroups on Workforce and Education Policy and on Payment Policy; he is a member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education?s (ACGME) Pathology Milestone Working Group and chair of ACGME's Cytopathology Milestone Working Group; he is vice-chair of CAP's Economic Affairs Committee and a member of CAP's Accountable Care Organization Steering Committee and Council on Governmental and Professional Affairs.  He is the Medicare Contractor Advisory Committee (CAC) representative for the Massachusetts Society of Pathologists, of which he is a past president. He is chair of Massachusetts General Physicians Organization's Managed Care and Contracting Committee and the Partners Healthcare System Physician Fee Council, and a member of Partners' Pioneer ACO Governing Council. 


Research interests include:

  • Cytopathology diagnosis and practice
  • Pathology graduate medical education
  • Management and organization in academic pathology
  • Interaction between finance and regulation and the practice of pathology

View Dr. Black-Schaffer's profile at Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

Selected Publications

Naritoku WY, Alexander CB, Bennett BD, Black-Schaffer WS, Brissette M, Grimes MM, Hoffman RD, Hunt J, Iezzoni J, Johnson R, Kozel J, Mendoza R, Post MD, Powell SZ, Procop GW, Steinberg JJ, Thorsen L, Nestler SP.  The Pathology Milestones and the Next Accreditation System.  Arch Pathol Lab Med 2014; 138(3):307-15.

Lewandrowski K, Black-Schaffer S.  Utilization management in anatomic pathology.  Clin Chim Acta 2014; 427:183-7.

Crawford JM, Bry L, Pfeifer J, Caughron SK, Black-Schaffer S, Kant JA, Kaufman JH.  The business of genomic testing: a survey of early adopters.   Genet Med 2014 Jul 10. doi: 10.1038/gim.2014.60. [Epub ahead of print]

Bibliography of W. Stephen Black-Schaffer via PubMed

In General: David Wilbur, MD, FACP, and Stephen Black-Schaffer, MD, FACP

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