API Lifetime Achievement Award
Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
Sidney A. Goldblatt, MD
Donald P. Connelly, MD, PhD
William R. Dito, MD (deceased)
Raymond D. Aller, MD
Bruce A. Friedman, MD
G. William Moore, MD, PhD (deceased)
Michael J. Becich, MD, PhD
Michael D. McNeely, MD (deceased)
Ronald S. Weinstein MD
Jules Berman, MD, PhD
Franklin Elevitch, MD
Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD
Thomas L. Lincoln, MD (deceased)
Walter H. Henricks, MD
John Gilbertson, MD
Ulysses J. Balis, MD
Liron Pantanowitz, MD
No award given
Mark Boguski, MD, PhD (deceased)
2011 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Jules Berman
Presented by Ronald S. Weinstein (right)
2003 API Honorary Fellow Award - Donald P. Connelly, MD, PhD
Dr. Connelly is Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Director of the Health Informatics Division, Co-Director of the NLM Training Program, and Director of the Informatics Core of the University's Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Center's caBIG point of contact. His research has focused on clinical decision making related to effective laboratory testing and the development of information technology tools that clinicians choose to use in support of their patient care activities. Currently, he is Principal Investigator of an AHRQ Health Information Technology Implementation Grant focused on the exchange of a clinical record abstract among health system EHRs in a community. He serves on the Minnesota e-Health initiative Advisory Committee and the University's Knowledge Management Task Force. He has published more than 100 scientific articles and book chapters and is the editor of three books. In 1994 his clinical informatics research group implemented the world's first Web-based laboratory results reporting system to support day-to-day patient care activities. He is a member of the College of American Pathologists Information Science and Technology Committee and is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Clinical Pathology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, a founding member of the American Medical Informatics Association.
2006 API Honorary Fellow Award - Bruce A. Friedman, MD
Bruce A. Friedman, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, attended Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, from 1959 until 1962, and then the University of Michigan Medical School, from which he was graduated in 1966. Following a pathology internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1966-1967, he returned to the University of Michigan Medical School for a four-year residency in the Department of Pathology which he completed in 1971.
After serving as a pathologist in the U.S. from 1971 until 1973, he once again returned to the University of Michigan Medical School as an Assistant Professor of Pathology in 1973. He was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 1976 and to Professor of Pathology in 1980. From 1973 until 1983, he served as the Associate Director of the Blood Bank at the University of Michigan Hospitals. His research interests during these years revolved around the study of blood utilization in the United States and systems for reducing the use of unnecessary hospital blood bank services.
In 1982, Dr. Friedman was appointed the Director of Pathology Data Systems at the University of Michigan Hospitals, the computing support unit of the Department of Pathology, and he continued in this role until his retirement in 2006. From 1996-2001 he served as Director of Ancillary Information Systems for the University of Michigan Hospitals, which includes oversight over the radiology, pharmacy, pathology, radiation oncology, respiratory care, and home health information systems. He continues this effort in a consultative role with Medical Center Information Technology.
2007 API Lifetime Achievement Award - G. William Moore, MD, PhD
Dr. Moore was born in Detroit, MI, in 1945. He earned a B.S. degree majoring in Cell Biology at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, MI; a Ph.D. in Biomathematics from North Carolina State University at Raleigh, Raleigh, NC; and an M.D. from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. He completed his anatomic pathology residency at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD.
Dr. Moore continued as Assistant Professor of Pathology at Johns Hopkins after his residency, and he eventually became a Staff Pathologist at the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he now holds joint appointments in the Departments of Pathology at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and at the University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore, MD.
During his career, Dr. Moore has been a co-author on over 180 refereed papers, most of which relate, in one way or another to computational pathology and pathology informatics. His earliest work was in the field of computational evolutionary biology, and he was one of the first people to create mathematical proofs and write computer programs to generate cladograms (for automated cladistic classification of species). His early work also involved developing statistical techniques for analyzing medical data, and his "token swap" paper is probably his best contribution in this area. [Moore GW, Hutchins GM, Miller RE. Token swap test of significance for serial medical data bases. Am J Med. 1986 Feb;80(2):182-190.]
The Johns Hopkins Department of Pathology was smart enough to adapt the MUMPS-based VistA Fileman architecture for their Laboratory Information System, and Dr. Moore became a fluent MUMPS programmer. He transferred his MUMPS expertise to his new position at Veterans Affairs, where he serves as a liaison between the pathology department and the Laboratory Information System staff.
Dr. Moore has been a long-time advocate for using pathology data in research. Along with Grover Hutchins, MD, he was awarded an NLM grant, and transferred over 53,000 Johns Hopkins autopsy reports into a database. These autopsy records and associated blocks have been used for over 1300 published research projects at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.
Jules J. Berman, PhD, MD, used Dr. Moore's autopsy database for a project that primarily involved Dr. Berman, Dr. Moore, and Rebecca Thomas, MD. The database helped to retrieve cases of liver dysplasia cases, and to locate the paraffin blocks. The blocks were used to demonstrate the presence of aneuploidy in the dysplastic foci. The database and retrieval process worked like a charm. It wasn't until years later, when, as Program Director for the Pathology Informatics Section of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Dr. Berman got involved in organizing tissue repositories, that he realized how impressive this achievement was. For this same project, Dr. Moore developed his own methods for extracting flow data (from the EPICS computer), and then for analyzing the data. [Thomas RM, Berman JJ, Yetter, RA, Moore GW, Hutchins GM. Liver cell dysplasia: a DNA aneuploid lesion with distinct morphologic features. Hum Pathol. 1992 May;23(5):496-503.]
Drs. Berman and Moore also worked on a very early image analysis program, all written in Visual Basic. Dr. Moore did most of the programming on that project. [Berman JJ, Moore GW. Image analysis software for the detection of preneoplastic and early neoplastic lesions. Cancer Lett. 1994 Mar 15;77(2-3):103-109.] The source and object code for this image analysis program is posted for free downloading at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions website.
Over the past 20 years, Dr. Moore has concentrated on the two related fields of indexing and machine translation. He has contributed many papers to the field, and has shown the utility of MESH and UMLS as primary indexing dictionaries. His barrier word method for extracting candidate terms from text (now better known as the stop word method) was the first published description of this now powerful and widely-used technique.
2012 Lifetime Achievement Award - Franklin Elevitch, MD
Dr. Franklin Elevitch has made key contributions to pathology informatics over a number of decades. In 1977, he was one of the first to install a Meditech LIS in his hospital. This experience served as the basis for his ASCP national meeting seminar, The ABCs of LIS, presented twice a year from 1979 until 1986. In 1984, he was appointed the first chairman of the CAP Laboratory Information Systems Committee – this subsequently became the Informatics Committee. From the mid-80’s through the 1990’s, over half of the educational content of the CAP national meetings were informatics seminars, designed and presented by members of Dr. Elevitch’s Committee. Subsequently, Dr. Elevitch has served on several other CAP informatics-related committees, including the SNOMED Authority, and most recently the Diagnostic Intelligence and Health Information Technology Committee. He was awarded the CAP Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.
2013 Lifetime Achievement Award - Donald A. B. Lindberg, MD
The Association for Pathology Informatics presented its Lifetime Achievement Award for 2013 to Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D. at the Pathology Informatics Summit 2013 annual meeting held in Pittsburgh, PA in May, 2013. The presenter was Dr. Alexis Carter.
Dr. Donald A. B. Lindberg attended medical school at Columbia University and did his residency in pathology at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. He joined the faculty in the Department of Pathology at the University of Missouri, where he remained for 24 years, and "was soon engaged in the unprecedented activity of computerizing the clinical pathology laboratory services for the medical center. He developed applications to improve the speed, quality, and consistency of laboratory results reporting. He developed expert systems to assist in pathologic diagnosis and began publishing articles in the field that would become known as Medical Informatics. By the mid-1960s, he had garnered an international reputation as an expert in the use of computers in medicine" (1).
At the University of Missouri Dr. Lindberg was involved in various informatics initiatives including "Automated Patient History Acquisition System" (patients could enter symptoms into computer terminals), "Fast Access to Current Text" (making microfiche data searchable by Medical Subject Headings), "CONSIDER (an expert system algorithm-driven differential diagnostic program). He was ultimately named Professor of Pathology and Director of the Information Science Group at Missouri. In these roles (h)e was soon engaged in the unprecedented activity of computerizing the clinical pathology laboratory services for the medical center. He developed applications to improve the speed, quality, and consistency of laboratory results reporting. He developed expert systems to assist in pathologic diagnosis and began publishing articles in the field that would become known as Medical Informatics. By the mid-1960s, he had garnered an international reputation as an expert in the use of computers in medicine" (1).
Dr. Lindberg has served as Director of the National Library of Medicine since 1984 and has been involved in many advances there including development of Medline, the creation of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and development of the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS). In 1991 he was appointed as the first director of the "High Performance Computing and Communications program." He was involved in the formation and was the first President of the American Medical Informatics Association. He is the author of three books (The Computer and Medical Care; Computers in Life Science Research; and The Growth of Medical Information Systems in the United States) and more than 200 articles and reports. He has been the editor and/or a member of the editorial board of nine journals including the Journal of the American Medical Association. He current is appointed as Clinical Professor of Pathology at the University of Virginia and Adjunct Professor of Pathology at the University Of Maryland School of Medicine.
(1) Masys DR. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 5:214, 1998.
2014 Lifetime Achievement Award - Thomas L. Lincoln, MD
The Association for Pathology Informatics presented its Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014 to Thomas Lincoln, M.D. at the ASCP 2014 annual meeting in Tampa. The presenter was Dr. Rodney Schmidt.
Dr. Lincoln had been a faculty member for over 3 decades in the Department of Pathology at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, quickly rising to the rank of Professor, specializing in medical informatics. In 1981, he directed the implementation of comprehensive laboratory information systems at the LAC/USC Medical Center, one of the largest/most complex hospital laboratories in the United States. He served as Chief of Clinical Information Systems at Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center. He also served as a scientist at the RAND Corporation, beginning in 1967, focusing on computer applications in the fields of medicine and healthcare. From 1995 to 1996 he was Consultant Chief Scientist for Sunquest Information Systems in Tucson AZ. Between 1997 and 2000 he served as Research Professor of Medical Informatics in the School of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, working with the HL7 XML SIG and PRA (Patient Record Architecture) Technical Committee on XML applications for healthcare messaging and record formatting.
Dr. Lincoln served as a key informatics faculty member of the CAP and ASCP national meetings from the 1970's thru 1990's. He has published articles focused on a range of topics but with most in reference to improvements of the clinical laboratory and in them including some of the earliest articles in the literature making specific reference to medical informatics and the electronic medical record. A seminal 1980 article in Science entitled Computers, Health Care, and Medical Information Science helped define the specialty of Clinical Informatics. In a 1983 JAMA article entitled: Ready! Fire! AIM! An Inquiry into Laboratory Test Ordering: We concluded that the improved use of thyroid tests was due to the new request form and that education had little, if any, effect on test-ordering behavior. In computerized laboratories that provide access to the database of laboratory tests, clinical pathologists can identify patterns of illogical or excessive test use; by virtue of the medical expertise and detailed knowledge of laboratory measurement, they have the requisite professional skills to design appropriate testing protocols to replace poor ordering procedures. This statement rings true in 2014 too, 30 years later and anticipates the opportunities the opportunities afforded by online ordering. In the era of online ordering and order sets the ability to guide ordering (with or without an education component) has come full circle.
Dr. Lincoln was most recently Emeritus Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Southern California. He died on Thursday, March 10, 2016.
(1) Lincoln TL, Korpman RA. Computers, health care, and medical information science. Science. 1980 Oct 17;210(4467):257-263.
2015 Lifetime Achievement Award - Bob McGonnagle
The Association for Pathology Informatics presented its Lifetime Achievement Award for 2015 to Robert McGonnagle at the Pathology Informatics Summit 2015 meeting in May in Pittsburgh. The presenter was Dr. Ray Aller. Mr. McGonnagle has been involved with the Publications Division of the College of American Pathologists publications since 1982, beginning as a freelance contractor. He is now Senior Director and Publisher of the College’s CAP Today and Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Bob recognized the critical role of informatics in pathology and medicine early in its evolution and solicited and published frequent, relevant articles in CAP Today. He has helped advance the field of pathology informatics by informing CAP Today readers about new and evolving technology and about the role of the pathologist in developing and overseeing the technology.
Bob has also been a strong supporter and promoter of various pathology informatics conferences including the Lab InfoTech Summit and Advancing Practice, Instruction, & Innovation through Informatics (APIII). These two meetings were merged in 2010 as the API’s Pathology Informatics Summit and Bob has continued his roles in this conference. He has for years served as a moderator for conference sessions and, most recently, has been serving as the moderator of the popular Town Hall Summit where emerging and hot-button topics are discussed.
2016 API Lifetime Achievement Award - Walter H. Hendricks, MD
The Association for Pathology Informatics presented its annual Lifetime Achievement Award to Walter Henricks III, MD at the 2016 Pathology Informatics Summit in Pittsburgh, PA. The presenter was Dr. Michael Riben, 2016 API President.
Dr. Riben hails from the University of Pennsylvania Perlman School of Medicine and currently practices cytopathology at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is also the Medical Director for Laboratory Information Services in their Department of Pathology, Division of Pathology/Lab Medicine. He maintains strong interests in Digital Pathology, Semantics Technologies, Terminological management, laboratory information systems and electronic medical records.
Dr. Walter H. Henricks earned his medical degree and completed his residency training at the University of Michigan. Since 1997, Dr. Henricks has been the Medical Director of the Center for Pathology Informatics at Cleveland Clinic where his group is responsible for the administrative and technical aspects of pathology informatics and laboratory information management for the institution. He also serves as the vice chair of the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute and as the laboratory director for the main campus laboratories at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. His clinical practice activities include surgical pathology with a subspecialty interest in gastrointestinal pathology and protein electrophoresis/immunofixation interpretation in clinical pathology. He is board-certified in anatomic and clinical pathology.
Dr. Henricks is a founding member and Past President of the Association for Pathology Informatics (2004). He has led multiple leadership activities and held multiple positions in the College of American Pathologists in areas of pathology informatics and laboratory accreditation. He is frequently invited to be a speaker on pathology informatics topics. Henricks' interests include evaluation and effective implementation of technology for laboratory information management, management of pathology/laboratory data in electronic medical records systems, laboratory operations, and laboratory accreditation.
Dr. Henricks has been dedicated to the development of pathology informatics since the early 2000s. In a 2015 article, Dr. Henricks astutely recognized that pathologists are uniquely positioned to act as stewards for laboratory information in electronic health records and throughout health care organizations (1). This deep appreciation of how pathologists stand at the nexus of medical data management and patient care drove Dr. Henricks‘ efforts to continue building upon education, training, and technological initiatives towards better enabling pathologists to uphold their obligations to the field.
Dr. Henricks was instrumental in bringing API and CAP together to establish the PIER curriculum resource for pathology program directors and faculty seeking to meet the ACGME requirements for training in pathology informatics. He is widely respected in the field of pathology and pathology informatics for his in-depth, reasoned guidance and leadership across multiple disciplines and organizations. We are grateful for his contributions and ongoing participation and, thus, honor Dr. Walter Henricks with API‘s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.
1. Pathologists as Stewards of Laboratory Medicine, Walter H. Henricks, MD; Myra L. Wilkerson, MD; William J. Castellani, MD; Mark S. Whitsitt, PhD; John H. Sinard, MD, PhD, Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine 139(3): 332-337, March 2015. DOI: 10.5858/arpa.2013-0714-SO https://www.researchgate.net/publication/273440921_Pathologists_as_Stewards_of_Laboratory_Information
2017 API Lifetime Achievement Award - John Gilbertson, MD
The Association for Pathology Informatics presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to John R. Gilbertson, MD at the 2017 Pathology Informatics Summit in Pittsburgh, PA. The presenter was Dr. Michael J. Becich.
Dr. Michael J. Becich is a distinguished university professor and currently serves as Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh. He holds additional positions, including Associate Vice Chancellor for Informatics in the Health Sciences, Director of the Center for Commercial Application of Healthcare Data, Associate Director for the Cancer Institute, and Associate Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. He has research interests in clinical informatics and its intersection with imaging informatics and bioinformatics. He also works on clinical phenotyping of patients for genomic/personalized medicine and tissue banking informatics with a special emphasis on data sharing.
Dr. John R. Gilbertson graduated from Duke University‘s medical school and completed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh. After serving as Director of Pathology Informatics and Associate Chief for Informatics at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Gilbertson moved to the University of Pittsburgh‘s Department of Biomedical Informatics.
He is a founding member of API and served as Vice President in 2015, President in 2017, and multiple years on the Meeting Planning Committee and as a Course Co-Director. In addition to serving as a member of DICOM and HL7 working groups, he has also been an advisor to multiple industry groups such as Sunquest Information Systems, mTuitive, Inc., and Inspirata, Inc.
Early on, Dr. Gilbertson envisioned the rise of digital technology and its growing role in pathology through whole-slide imaging. Across multiple interviews, papers, and talks, he championed technological developments in image quality in tandem with improved diagnostic applications and enhanced standardization and validation practices. For Dr. Gilbertson, these advancements were key to empowering pathologists to better address patient needs by making their expertise more accessible to a broader global community through the sharing of whole-slide images.
Dr. Gilbertson‘s dedication to, and well regarded expertise, in the discipline emerged from decades of research on whole slide imaging, the development of hardware and software as Interscope Co-Founder and CTO, the study of standardization and validation of data, tissue banking, and computational pathology. Furthermore, recognizing the need to continue training subsequent generations, Dr. Gilbertson has been instrumental in advocating for improved and nationally recognized residency and fellowship training programs in pathology informatics in anticipation of these growing trends. We are grateful for his contributions and ongoing work and, thus, honor Dr. John R. Gilbertson with API‘s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.
2018 API Lifetime Achievement Award - Ulysses J. Balis, MD
The Association for Pathology Informatics presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Ulysses J. Balis, MD at the 2018 Pathology Informatics Summit in Pittsburgh, PA. The presenter was Dr. David McClintock.
Dr. David McClintock received his medical degree and residency training from the University of Chicago before completing a two-year pathology informatics fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is currently the Associate Director of Pathology Informatics and Associate CMIO at Michigan Medicine. Dr. McClintock‘s primary clinical interests comprise operational pathology and clinical laboratory informatics including workflow analysis, Laboratory Information System (LIS) optimization, and improved integration of pathology and clinical laboratory data within the EHR and clinical research data warehouses. His research interests include understanding the role and effects of whole slide imaging and digital pathology within the clinical laboratories, the effects of computational pathology and machine learning on diagnostics testing and patient outcomes, and how to enable laboratory data analytics in order to provide both pathologists and clinicians opportunities to better optimize patient care and clinical decision-making.
Dr. Ulysses J. Balis graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Utah. After serving as Director of Pathology Informatics at Massachusetts General Hospital and Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Services at the Shriners Hospital for Children, he moved to the University of Michigan to assume his position as Division Director of Pathology Informatics.
Dr. Balis has over 100 articles published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and is an editor of the seminal textbook entitled Pathology Informatics: Theory and Practice (American Society for Clinical Pathology Press, 2012). Known for his creativity and inventiveness, Dr. Balis holds several patents. He has given over 200 invited presentations domestically and internationally.
As a founding API member, Dr. Balis has spent numerous years developing API programming and summit planning, as well as serving as President in 2007. He also represents the field of pathology informatics for the American Society for Clinical Pathology, the College of American Pathologists, and on the standards committee for HL7 and DICOM. Dr. Balis is a founding member of the Clinical Informatics Subspeciality Boards Exam Committee. He also maintains advisory roles on LivingMicrosystems/Verinata Health (Illumina), Aperio, and Inspirata.
Dr. Balis is a preeminent expert on whole slide imaging in image-based analytics and search algorithms, machine learning, Big Data and Federated Enterprise Data Architectures, as well as automation and real-time specimen tracking and patient safety. Dr. Balis has also been instrumental in building nationally recognized residency and fellowship training programs in pathology informatics. He is widely respected in the field of pathology informatics for his in-depth analytical understanding and large-scale appreciation of informatics as it applies to medicine, as a whole. We are grateful for his contributions and ongoing work and, thus, honor Dr. Ulysses J. Balis with API‘s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award.
2019 API Lifetime Achievement Award - Liron Pantanowitz, MD
The Association for Pathology Informatics presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Liron Pantonwitz, MD at the 2019 Pathology Informatics Summit in Pittsburgh, PA. The presenter was Dr. Monica E. de Baca.
Dr. de Baca received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Iowa State University of Science & Technology, then her medical degree from Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She completed a residency in Anatomic & Clinical Pathology and a fellowship in Hematopathology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She is board certified in Anatomic & Clinical Pathology and in Hematopathology. Dr. de Baca‘s interests lie in structured disease reporting, healthcare data management, laboratory interoperability and decision support and quality issues.
Dr. Liron Pantanowitz graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and completed his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, in Boston. During his career at Tufts University School of Medicine, Baystate Medical Center, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Dr. Pantanowitz achieved regional, national and international recognition as a leader in the pathology field. Currently, he is Vice Chair of Pathology Informatics, Professor of Pathology & Biomedical Informatics, Director of Cytology, and Director of the Pathology Informatics Fellowship at UPMC.
Dr. Pantanowitz is a co-founder and co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pathology Informatics alongside Dr. Anil Parwani. Along with Dr. Parwani, Dr. Pantowitz has dedicated nearly a decade towards establishing API‘s official journal, the Journal of Pathology Informatics (JPI). He helped to position JPI as an internationally recognized open access peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the advancement of pathology informatics. Aligned with API‘s mission to promote the field of pathology informatics as an academic and a clinical subspecialty of pathology, JPI publishes cutting edge research performed in the field of pathology informatics to promote scientific research and informatics education.
In 2013, Dr. Pantanowitz served as API president and continues to support the digital pathology committee of the College of American Pathology and the Digital Pathology Association board of directors. His research interests include cytopathology and informatics. His informatics interests lie at the intersection of informatics and digital pathology. He spearheaded landmark clinical guidelines for promoting adoption of digital pathology and developing a national pathology informatics curriculum.
Dr. Pantanowitz is widely published in the field of pathology informatics including digital imaging and its application to pathology. His dedication to merging diagnostic pathology to education has proven his significance to the future of the field. We are grateful for his contributions and ongoing work and, thus, honor Dr. Liron Pantanowitz with API‘s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award.
2021 Lifetime Achievement Award - Mark Boguski, MD, PhD
2021 API Lifetime Achievement Award (posthumous)
Mark Boguski, MD, PhD (March 18, 2021)
This dedication in memory of Dr. Mark Boguski was written and compiled by Dr. Mary E. Edgerton:
Mark Boguski was born in Cleveland Ohio. He graduated from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1976. From there he went to St Louis where he graduated with an MD/PhD from Washington University. Following his training as a pathologist at Barnes Jewish and Children’s Hospital in St Louis, he joined the National Institutes of Health as a Medical Staff Fellow in 1988. In fact, he was one of the original Medical Staff Fellows at the National Library of Medicine National Center for Biotechnology Information and worked with the Human Genome Project from 1990 until 2003. It is difficult to list all of the awards that Mark received during that time, and after, because there are so many. But these two stand out to me : 1996 Regents Award from the National Library of Medicine for Scholarly and Technical Contributions to the Construction of the Human Transcript Map and the 1998 NIH Director's Award for contributions to the "NCI Tumor Gene Index Project". Mark himself said of that time that My exposure to GenBank and sequence analysis in graduate school was a pivotal point in my career and this new direction was strongly reinforced by the beginning of the Human Genome project during my postdoctoral training at NIH and the startup of NCBI.
I began to see these incredible bioinformatics papers coming out of the NIH authored by Mark Boguski. I made a little card for him in the roll-a-dex of my brain that I keep to follow people who are leaders. Imagine how excited I was when I was asked to moderate a panel discussion in 2017, and Mark Boguski was one of the panel members. I was thrilled. He was so generous with his time and teaching; and sharing his intellect with all-comers. This is seen in the many tributes to him that people have expressed. I would like to read some excerpts from these as they describe the warmth and imagination of Mark Boguski.
Howard Cash of Gene Code Forensics wrote: An incredible scientist, teacher, doctor, engineer, father, brother, husband and so much more. Mark was that rare combination of a man who is incredibly smart, wildly successful in his field, admired and honored by all, resented by essentially none, and somehow, , invariably kind and welcoming to people at every level of their careers and of their lives.
Thomas Madden at the NIH wrote I knew Mark from the NCBI. I remember how he helped me and another younger scientist with a paper we were writing by giving us an example to show the relevance of the work.
John Tsang at NIH: Mark was a great mentor with a wonderful sense of humor and always very kind. He also later advised me on and wrote me a letter for grad school. He will be greatly missed
Mark Benjamin:I worked very closely with Mark when he was at Rosetta Inpharmatics 2000-2001. He was super-smart, warm and generous. I have very fine memories of working with him.
Rowan Chapman: I worked with him at Rosetta and again in the early days of the Allen Institute.
I want to add here that Mark was a founding director of the Allen Brain Institute.
Atul Butte, Director, Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute, UCSF: Mark really influenced my career at a very early stage of being an academic scientist. Very sad to hear about this.
A tribute from Ul Balis, another member of the executive council of API and a previous winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, which I will read in full because it contains so much of what Mark means to us as his colleagues and students : For me, Mark’s accomplishments were emblematic of the potential that the specialty of pathology holds for contributing in a substantive way to the advancement of science in general. For starters, Mark’s accomplishments were numerous. As a founding member of the Human Genome Project, he contributed to one of the largest scientific projects of the late 20th century, and in so doing, similarly elevated pathology’s visibility as an important contributor to genomic sciences. Leveraging his successes with that effort, he then went on to create company with a new service model in healthcare, Precision Medicine Network, Inc., which sought to reduce the complexities of precision medicine with a democratizing tool suite Crosswalk Insight, which introduced the general public to the underlying molecular concepts and treatment approaches. Simply put, Mark was a visionary, always seeing where the field would be with great clarity and insight, easily a decade ahead of when these predictions would fully come to fruition.
The real paradox with Mark was in his extreme modesty, as he generally lacked any measure of self-realization as to how impactful his storied career had been -- for both science and for society in general. An unsuspecting scientist, meeting him for the first time, would generally be unaware of the gravitas of Mark’s legacy of contributions, as Mark’s affable and self-deprecating style belied nothing of his intense intellect. Only after engaging in any further scientific discourse would the unsuspecting interlocutor discover the true juggernaut of Mark’s intellect. Adding to this a remarkably dry wit and his unflagging curiosity, and you had the full package: the remarkable scientist and human being that became my colleague and friend, while I had the distinct privilege of working with him at Inspirata. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
The list goes on.
I want to add some of some of Mark’s own words that made him special to all of us, and which demonstrate how deserving he is of the award today. In preparation for a panel discussion for the Precision Medicine meeting in 2017, his dedication to the field of pathology comes from his own words here:
My main goals for the panel is to get pathology and pathologists out front and center into the Precision Medicine debates and also stress that liquid biopsies and molecular testing in general will still be secondary to morphologic diagnosis for a long time to come.
Indeed we expect the latter to be greatly enhanced by digital imaging and analytics, the accuracy and precision of which may rival molecular testing in terms of cost and turn around times.
And as a follow-up, afterwards, this lovely note that shows his modesty;
At the risk of self-aggrandizement, I think that our panel had a practical, real world, here-and-now quality that the more futuristic sessions lack. I'd be really interested in the feedback you get from attendees on whether or not they found value in this approach.
Mark Boguski met Michelle Berman, his wife, while they were both in Baltimore at The Johns Hopkins University. They have two children, Robert Boguski, and daughter-in-law April Tang, and daughter Alison Boguski and son-in-law Alex Ebling, and two grandsons, Theodore Ebling and Benjamin Boguski, both nearly 2 years old. He is also survived by his brother Michael Boguski and sister Monica Calzolari.
To Mark’s family, thank you for sharing Mark Boguski with us. When I think of him, the words that come to my mind are Carpe Diem, Seize the Day. Mark thought outside the box and led us with his imagination.
He leaves us with another very important message that should become a daily mantra for all of us. This was expressed by his sister Monica Boguski Calzolari in response to a tribute: please remember to tell those you admire and love how much they mean to you. Today might just be the day when they need to hear it.
On our API website is a link to the National Alliance of Mental Illness where you can make a donation in his name.
And now I would like to ask for a moment of silence in memory of Mark Boguski.
Mary E Edgerton, MD, PhD
This tribute was delivered April 5, 2021 at the API Opening Reception. The script has been corrected to reflect that Mark Boguski met Michelle Berman, his wife, while they were both in Baltimore at The Johns Hopkins University. The prior, incorrect version stated that they met in St. Louis.BoguskiThis tribute was delivered April 5, 2021 at the API Opening Reception. The script has been corrected to reflect that Mark
This dedication in memory of Dr. Mark Boguski was written by Dr. Michael J. Becich:
Mark Boguski was my classmate and colleague for several years in the mid to late 80’s at Washington University School of Medicine and the Pathology Department. Mark was a creative genius who was one of the original innovators in bioinformatics long before that term was really understood in both science and medicine. Mark was one of those rare individuals who could encourage both scientific innovation and commercial translation in a way that was inspiring to all around him. His early ventures in Rosetta Genomics set the stage for his career in both academia and industry. Although I often spoke with and exchanged ideas with Mark for his various passions, I never thought that he was hurting so much on the inside, and wish I could have recognized his needs. I will remember Mark as a visionary leader, inspirational commercial translationalist and a pioneer in bioinformatics well deserving of the API Lifetime Achievement Award. His life’s work is foundational to so many of the great things coming out of Pathology today, including understanding of the role the genome plays in human disease, the implementation of Precision Medicine and most importantly, the impact one gentle giant can mean to this discipline. If I were to best honor Mark, I would say he was a trailblazer that was likeable, highly articulate, and humble and incredibly magnetic in his ability to attract, engage and inspire others. I feel lucky to have had my life enriched by being Mark’s friend and classmate and he is sorely missed.
API Distinguished Service Award
Anil Parwani, MD, PhD, MA and Liron Pantanowitz, MD
2015 API Distinquished Service Award - Barbara Karnbauer
The Association for Pathology Informatics presented its Distinguished Service Award for 2015 to Barbara Karnbauer at the Pathology Informatics Summit 2015 meeting in May in Pittsburgh. The presenters were Drs. Rodney Schmidt, Mark Tuthill, and Bruce Friedman.
This award recognized the outstanding contributions and tireless efforts in the planning, coordination, and execution of national and international Pathology Informatics meetings sponsored by API during the past 18 years. She truly was the “glue” that allowed for successful meetings during this long time frame. She served as a key member of the Conference staff between 1996 and 2014 and became Senior Course Director in 2008. Barb “retired” from her Course Director after our 2014 meeting but continues to play a critical advisory and “institutional memory” role for the meeting.
The Peter J. Becich Educational Grant was established in 2003 by API's first President, Michael J. Becich, M.D., Ph.D., in honor of his father, Peter J. Becich. The purpose of the grant was to offer a full membership rebate to Associate members (individuals in training, including students, residents and fellows). Over the span of 15 years from its inception to its completion, the grant generously funded over 400 annual Associate memberships. While this grant is no longer available, the Association for Pathology Informatics is deeply appreciative of Dr. Becich's magnanimous support throughout the years.