Putschar Lectureship Overview

Dr. Walter G. J. Putschar, a world-renowned bone pathologist and educator, served at the Massachusetts General Hospital from 1958 to 1986 and was admired both for his remarkable knowledge of all aspects of bone disease and his dedication to teaching.

Dr. Walter G. J. PutscharTo continue these traditions, his colleagues, students and family donated funds that enabled the establishment in 1984 of an annual lectureship: the Walter G. J. Putschar Lectureship of the Pathology Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Each year an eminent academic pathologist visits the department for two days and gives two formal lectures to the entire faculty and trainees of the department, and two sessions primarily directed toward educating the trainees in practical aspects of pathology. A celebratory dinner is also held, at which informal remembrances of Dr. Putschar are given.

For over 30 years, the lectureship has been considered the highlight of the academic year for the department. By bringing in thought leaders in every area of pathology to challenge and inform the faculty and trainees, it ensures that one of the leading teaching hospital pathology services in the world will have its horizons perpetually expanded.

Putschar Lecturers

The list of Putschar lecturers over the past quarter century includes many of the luminaries in academic pathology from the United States and abroad.

1984 Howard Dorfman 1985 Juan Rosai
1986 Leopold Koss 1987 Louis P. Dehner
1988 E. Dillwyn Williams 1989 Sharon W. Weiss
1990 Karl Lennert 1991 Harvey Goldman
1992 Robert E. Fechner 1993 George M. Farrow
1994 Wallace A. Clark 1995 Richard L. Kempson
1996 Thomas V. Colby 1997 Ernest E. Lack
1998 Bernd W. Scheithauer 1999 William R. Hart
2000 Renu Virmani 2001  Francis W. Chandler
2002 Mark H. Stoler 2003  Elaine Jaffe
2004 John Goldblum 2005  K. Krishnan Unni
2006 Stacey Mills 2007  George M. Murphy
2008 Christopher Fletcher 2009  Neil J. Sebire
2010  Jeffrey L. Myers 2011  David Ellison
2012 Sylvia Asa 2013 Ian Ellis
2014 Joel K. Greenson  

The 31st Annual Walter G. J. Putschar Lecture

On September 17 and 18, 2014, Joel K. Greenson, MD, Professor of Pathology at the University of Michigan Hospitals, delivered his lectures at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The Lecture titles were “The Surgical Pathology of Colon Cancer in the Era of Next Generation Sequencing: Why Bother with the H&E?”, and “Gastrointestinal Polyposis Syndromes: The Role of the Surgical Pathologist”. Each was followed by a Case Review.

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