About W Stephen Black-Schaffer, MD

Stephen Black-Schaffer, MD, is Associate Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School and Associate Chief of Pathology at Mass General, Pathology Residency Training Program Director, and a surgical pathologist and cytopathologist.

Steve is a past chair of the Program Directors Section at the Association of Pathology Chairs. He is chair of the ACGME Cytopathology Milestone Working Group; led the Pathologists Workforce Summit Group for the College of American Pathologists (CAP) in 2013; is vice-chair of CAP's Economic Affairs Committee and on 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 Mass General Brigham Physician Fee Council, and a member of Mass General Brigham's Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Governing Council.

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Mass General Pathology
55 Fruit St.
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-643-0800

Medical Education

  • MD, Indiana University
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital

American Board Certifications

  • Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology, American Board of Pathology
  • Cytopathology, American Board of Pathology

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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.


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