College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on September 27, 2010

Contact: Carolyn Barth

The College of American Pathologists recognizes Boston Pathologist with the Resident Advocate Award

Northfield, IL.—W. Stephen Black-Schaffer, MD, FCAP, of Boston, Mass., was honored with the Resident Advocate Award for outstanding contributions to and support of pathology residents at a ceremony held on September 27, in Chicago at CAP ’10 — THE Pathologists’ Meeting™.

Dr. Black-Schaffer was recognized for his proactive work with the Residents Forum, his efforts to promote the Standardized Pathology Fellowship Application and his involvement in moving forward the fellowship application process and launch of the Pathology Subspecialty Fellowship Match.

A CAP Junior Member makes nominations for this award. Final candidate selection and review is done by the CAP’s Residents Forum Executive Committee, with approval by the CAP Board of Governors and is based upon outstanding contributions to and support of pathology. Since its inception, Dr. Black-Schaffer is only the eighth esteemed pathologist to receive this prestigious award.

“It is an honor to receive this award,” said Dr. Black-Schaffer. “I would like to thank my resident colleagues for consistently reminding us all of the direction in which the discipline of pathology, to which we are all committed, needs to go.”

Currently, Dr. Black-Schaffer serves as associate chief of pathology for education at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where he is also Director of the Pathology Residency Program. He is an associate professor in the Department of Pathology at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Black-Schaffer is active with the CAP on numerous committees including the Personalized Healthcare Committee and the Council on Government and Professional Affairs. He is also vice-chair of the Economic Affairs Committee, and chairs its Regulatory Affairs and Payment Policy Workgroup. He is the immediate past chair of the Residency Program Directors Section of the Association of Pathology Chairs, and is also involved with many other national professional societies including the American Medical Association, the US & Canadian Academy of Pathology, and the American and Papanicolaou Societies of Cytopathology.

Dr. Black-Schaffer earned his BA with Honors in physics and English literature from Swarthmore College, followed by his MA in Anatomy from Indiana University Graduate School and his MD from the Indiana University School of Medicine. He then completed his residency in anatomic and clinical Pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

The American Board of Pathology certifies Dr. Black-Schaffer in anatomic and clinical pathology, as well as in cytopathology.

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is a medical society serving more than 17,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board certified pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective patient care.