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A. Joe Saad, MD (2013)

Assad Joe Saad was born in Kuwait City, Kuwait in 1960.  He and his four sisters were raised in Beirut, Lebanon. His father was a Lebanese-American civil engineer who received his undergraduate degree in math from the American University of Beirut and civil engineering degrees at the University of Texas in Austin. Dr. Saad’s father met his mother, Marjorie Joseph, at UT Austin.  Dr. Saad’s parents moved to Lebanon in 1950 and his father worked for almost four decades in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia with brief stents in Iraq and Iran.
Dr. Saad met his wife, Rana Domiati Saad, while he was a first year medical student in Beirut.  She received BS and MS degrees in agriculture while still in Beirut and later earned an MS in microbiology and a PhD in immunology.  She is currently the scientific director of Prism Pathology, an independent Molecular Pathology Laboratory. Dr. and Mrs. Saad married in 1986 and have two sons, Michael, who is studying biomedical engineering at Rice University, and Daniel, who is studying chemistry at Northwestern University.
Dr. Saad attended the American Community School in Beirut until the Lebanese Civil War erupted in 1975. The family moved to Austin where he finished high school and attended Rice University for a year before returning to Beirut.

Medical Education & Practice

Dr. Saad completed his undergraduate degree in 1981 and received is MD degree in 1985 at the American University of Beirut. He then returned to the U.S. for a cardiovascular research fellowship in Boston, a surgery internship in Baltimore, and residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston where he received the resident’s award for excellence in research.

Following a cytopathology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Dr. Saad accepted a job in Dallas in 1992. He is currently chair of the pathology department for the Methodist Health System in Dallas, managing partner of Laboratory Physicians Association, President of Surgical Pathologists of Dallas, and President of Prism Pathology. His group provides professional pathology services to seven hospitals in the Dallas area. Dr. Saad serves as the medical director for five laboratories.  Additionally, he is adjunct associate professor of pathology at UT Southwestern.

Joe is active in several organizations. He co-founded the North Texas Society of Pathology in 2005 and served as President in 2006.  He is a member of the Texas Medical Association, Dallas County Medical Society (TMA delegate), American Society of Clinical Pathology and the US and Canadian Academy of Pathology.  He is a fellow of the College of American Pathologists and is currently Chair of the Federal and State Affairs Committee.  He has also served as a Texas Delegate to the CAP House of Delegates for over 10 years.  On the political front, Dr. Saad advocates for medicine and pathology in Washington, DC and Austin, Texas where he has testified on behalf of pathology at the Capitol.

Texas Society of Pathologists

Dr. Saad has been involved with the TSP for many years beginning when he was still a resident when he received a 2nd place award for a plenary presentation on his research in alcohol and immunity. Dr. Saad served on the Board for ten years and as chair of the Council on Legislation for five years. 

During his tenure, the TSP tried to enact a direct billing law but had to settle for a law requiring disclosure and transparency of anatomic pathology billing.  Dr. Saad was also instrumental in persuading Texas Medical Liability Trust to provide malpractice coverage for pathologists performing autopsies by convincing them that autopsies are part of the practice of medicine.

Dr. Saad served as president of the TSP in 2013 during which the TSP introduced a bill that would allow medical examiners to participate in research if approved by an Institutional Review Board.  Although the bill was ultimately withdrawn, the effort elevated the stature of the practice of pathology in Texas.

Notable Publication(s)

Saad, A. J., & Jerrells, T. R. (1991). Flow Cytometric and Immunohistochemical Evaluation of Ethanol‐Induced Changes in Splenic and Thymic Lymphoid Cell Populations. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 15(5), 796-803.
Lachar, W. A., Shahab, I., & Saad, A. J. (2007). Accuracy and cost-effectiveness of core needle biopsy in the evaluation of suspected lymphoma: a study of 101 cases. Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, 131(7), 1033.
Saad, A. Joe (2014). The Future of Pathology Is Now. Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine: 138(1), 9-11.

Charles B. Sanders, MD (1956)

Dr. Charles B. Sanders was born in Orange, Texas on December 11, 1899 to G. B. Sanders and Ida Wolkarte. He received his bachelor’s degree from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina in 1922.

He married Elva McDonald on November 3, 1934 in Galveston. They had a daughter and son, Elva Ida and Charles, Jr.

Dr. Sanders died on July 11, 1964 in Houston, Texas of a heart attack.

Medical Education & Practice

Dr. Sanders received his MD degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1926, serving an internship at City Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. He then became an instructor at UTMB in 1927, and in 1928 he was promoted to adjunct professor of pathology. He eventually became an associate professor and worked under the direction of Dr. Paul Brindley. During this time he did post-graduate work at UTMB.

In 1934, Dr. Sanders moved to Dallas and worked as a pathologist at Parkland Hospital until 1937. In 1937, when the American Board of Clinical Pathology started awarding board certification, Dr. Sanders was one of only three pathologists in Texas to receive Board certification. That same year he moved to Houston where he opened a private laboratory. He also served as clinical professor of pathology at the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston. He served as pathologist for Galveston County Memorial Hospital in La Marque and for Wright and St. Elizabeth’s hospitals in Houston.

Dr. Sanders served as vice-president of the American Society of Clinical Pathology in 1942. It was soon after this time that he moved to Houston to join the pathology staff at MD Anderson Cancer Hospital.

Dr. Sanders was a founding member of the Houston Society of Clinical Pathologists. He served as its first president and continued in that role for five years, largely due to the sporadic activity of the society. He also had memberships with the Collage of American Pathologists, the Southern Medical Association, the American Board of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, Harris County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, and the American Medical Association.

Texas Society of Pathologists

Dr. Sanders was a charter member of the TSP and was among those present when the State Pathological Society of Texas reconvened in San Antonio in May, 1934. He served as vice-president of the TSP in 1942 and as spokesman to report on the activities of the MD Anderson Cancer Hospital.

Dr. Sanders was president of the TSP in 1956 after serving as president of the Houston Society of Clinical Pathologists.

Notable Publication(s)

Dr. Sanders authored over 15 published papers.
Sanders, C. B. (1934). Acute endocarditis in infants: a case report. Texas J. Med., 29, 585.
Schwar, E. H., & Sanders, C. B. (1931). Aortic Aneurysm Rupturing Into the Conus Arteriosus of the Right Ventricle. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences, 182(2), 208-211.
Sanders, C. B. (1952). Struma ovarii. Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey, 7(5), 725.

Alvin O. Severance, MD (1953)

Dr. Alvin Otis Severance was born in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania on October 24, 1902. He married Ethel Bily, and they had two children, Richard Craig and Robert Alin.

Dr. Severance died July 1, 1991.

Medical Education & Practice

Dr. Severance received his MD degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1929. He did his internship at Church Home & Infirmary in Baltimore, Maryland from 1929 to 1930. He participated in several residencies including one at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit from 1930 until 1933, spending some time at Ford Hospital in Boa Vista, Brazil. He also did a residency at Lakeville State Sanatorium in Massachusetts from 1935 until 1937. After that time, he spent one year at Pondville Cancer Hospital in Norfolk, Massachusetts and another year at Presbyterian Hospital and P&S at Columbia University in New York City.  He was certified by the American Board of Pathology in 1940.

In 1939 he moved from New York to San Antonio, Texas to join the staff of Robert B. Green Hospital with Drs. B.F. Stout and D.A. Todd. In an effort to bring community and cohesion to the new field of surgical pathology, Dr. Severance organized group meetings of like-minded professionals which eventually became the San Antonio Society of Pathologists. He also established San Antonio’s annual tumor seminar, the oldest continuous tumor seminar in the country.

In 1947 Dr. Severance became the director of Baptist Memorial Hospital in San Antonio, and later became a consulting pathologist for Brooke Army Medical Center. While at Brooke, he conducted teaching conferences twice per week, eventually earning the nickname “the professor.” The Army gave him several awards for his work.

Dr. Severance, along with Dr. Merle Delmer, established a private practice and worked out a partnership with the hospital that allowed them to avoid the negative impact from changes in hospital billing from Medicare and Medicaid. By going into private practice they were able to set their own fees and act independently of the hospital, and are credited with being the first pathologists in the state to establish the principle of separate billing. As San Antonio grew, Dr. Severance and Dr. Delmer’s practice eventually served several hospitals in San Antonio and the surrounding areas, including the newly built University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio.

Dr. Severance served as professor of pathology at the UT medical school in San Antonio. He was also a diplomat for the National Board of Medical Examiners, and had memberships in the American Medical Association, the American Society of Clinical Pathology, the Southern Medical Association, and the College of American Pathologists.

Texas Society of Pathologists

From the time he joined in 1942, Dr. Severance was an actively involved in the TSP in several ways, including serving on the Scientific Award Committee and working to ensure that hospitals provided pathologists with the same privileges as other physicians.

Dr. Severance served as president of the TSP in 1953 and received the George T. Caldwell, MD Award in 1961.

Notable Publication(s)

Dr. Severance contributed regular reports to the Texas State Journal of Medicine on the San Antonio tumor seminars.
Beach, A., & Severance, A. O. (1942). Sebaceous gland carcinoma. Annals of surgery, 115(2), 258.
Baker, R. D., & Severance, A. O. (1948). Mucormycosis, with report of acute mycotic pneumonia. The American journal of pathology, 24(3), 716.
Doyle, J. L., & Severance, A. O. (1966). Carcinoid tumors of Meckel's diverticulum. Cancer, 19(11), 1591-1593.

Jack L. Smith, MD (1971)

Dr. Jack Line Smith was born on June 23, 1925 in Brownsville, Texas to Druzilla Ann Smith and Matt Curry Smith. They eventually moved to Austin where Dr. Smith graduated high school in 1942. He married Aline Mangum in 1946. They had three children Alan Lee, Herbert Stephen, and Rebecca Ann.

Dr. Smith died on March 29, 2011 in Beaumont, Texas.

Medical Education & Practice

Dr. Smith received his MD degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1948 and was certified by the American Board of Pathology in 1955. He had been a Navy V-12 medical student during World War II. After boot camp, he was sent to The University of Texas at Austin for pre-medical school and then to UTMB for his medical degree. He took a Navy internship in San Diego, California, and returned to Galveston in 1950 to do an internal medicine residency. He missed the deadline for internal medicine, so he signed up for a pathology residency instead. He ended up liking pathology and pursued this instead of internal medicine.

When the Korean War started, Dr. Smith was called back into the Navy. He spent a year and a half in Inchon, Korea and was the pathologist on the hospital ship, USS Consolation. Once he completed his service, he went to Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas to do a year-long residency. In 1955 he was board certified in clinical and anatomical pathology and joined the staff at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston.

In 1956, Dr. Smith moved to Beaumont, Texas to work at Baptist Hospital as a pathologist and director of laboratories. He was the only pathologist in the area until 1958 when Dr. Frank Chapman joined Baptist Hospital. Dr. Smith would spend more than thirty years at Baptist Hospital, eventually retiring from practice in 1990.

Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Smith founded the Community Blood Bank in Beaumont in 1957, which was eventually renamed to the Blood Center of Southwest Texas in 1962. He served as its medical director for many years. In 1987, the Blood Center became affiliated with the Louisiana Blood Center of Shreveport for which Dr. Smith served as chairman of the board from 1993 until 1996.

In organized medicine, Dr. Smith was a member of the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, and several national, state, and local specialty organizations. He was the state councilor for Texas to the ASCP and he served as president of the Jefferson County Medical Society.

Texas Society of Pathologists

Dr. Smith served as president of the TSP in 1971. Prior to that he served as secretary-treasurer from 1965 to 1970 during a time when this position was not connected to the TMA Administrative Offices. The position of secretary-treasurer involved several duties and managing a large number of files and records. Dr. Smith helped with the transition of some of these duties to the TMA.

In 1990 Dr. Smith received the George T. Caldwell, MD Award for his service in the field of pathology.

Notable Publication(s)

Rebello, T., Hodges, R. E., & Smith, J. L. (1983). Short-term effects of various sugars on antinatriuresis and blood pressure changes in normotensive young men. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 38(1), 84-94.

V.O. Speights, Jr., DO (2007)

Dr. V.O. Speights, Jr. was born on June 3, 1953 in Crockett, Texas. He was the only son of V.O. “Doc” Speights and Agnes Louise Anders Speights. He spent his early childhood on his father’s cotton farm in Leone County. When he was eight years old, the Speights moved to neighboring Houston County. Dr. Speights graduated high school from Centerville, Texas. He married Mary Lea Hedgpeth in 1992, and they had two children, Patrick Robert and Katherine Elaine.

Medical Education & Practice

Dr. Speights received a degree in zoology/pre-medicine from Texas A&M University in 1974. He then spent almost two years working in an industrial clinic and hospital in Pasadena, Texas. He started medical school in 1976 and received his MD degree from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (now The University of North Texas Health Science Center) in 1980. He completed a rotating internship at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan and began a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 1982. However, one year into his residency, Dr. Speights moved back to Texas due to family circumstances. He finished his pathology residency at Scott & White Memorial Hospital/Texas A&M University Health Science Center College of Medicine in Temple, Texas.

After completing his residency, Dr. Speights worked for two years as chief of clinical pathology at the Central Texas Veteran’s Health Care Center in Temple, Texas. He did both clinical and surgical pathology and performed over 150 autopsies.

In August 1987 Dr. Speights went back to Scott & White as staff surgical pathologist, but he also did work in cytopathology. He also became interested in the subspecialties of urologic pathology and breast pathology. In 1998 Dr. Speights was appointed pathology program director, and was instrumental in helping the program achieve accreditation. In 1999 he was appointed division director of anatomic pathology.

Dr. Speights taught medical students, giving lectures and laboratories on a variety of subjects, including breast, bladder, prostate, kidney, and cardiovascular pathology. In 2005, he was appointed professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. From 2003 to 2008 he served on the National Pathology Residency Program Directors Organization.

Among his work in organized medicine, Dr. Speights served as delegate in the Texas Medical Association’s House of Delegates from Bell County and on the TMA’s continuing education committee. He spent four years with the Texas Comprehensive Cancer Coalition, and he served for ten years, six as chairman, on the Texas Cancer Data Workshop (later Advisory Committee to the Texas Cancer Registry). During his leadership, the Texas Cancer Registry achieved the coveted Gold Accreditation by the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries. For the College of American Pathologists, Dr. Speights was a member of PathNet and served on the Cytology Proficiency Testing Steering Committee and the Patient Safety and Performance Measures Committee.

Texas Society of Pathologists

Dr. Speights has served on several committees since becoming a member of the TSP in the early 1980s. In 1998 he became chair of the Residents/Fellows Seminar Committee, a position he held for ten years.

Dr. Speights served as president of the TSP in 2007. One of the major issues during his presidency was the TSP’s pursuit of direct billing legislation in Texas. Their efforts eventually lead to the Disclosure Law in Texas.

Notable Publication(s)

Grossman, H. B., Natale, R. B., Tangen, C. M., Speights, V. O., Vogelzang, N. J., Trump, D. L., ... & Crawford, E. D. (2003). Neoadjuvant chemotherapy plus cystectomy compared with cystectomy alone for locally advanced bladder cancer. New England Journal of Medicine, 349(9), 859-866.
Brothman, A.R., Swanson G., Maxwell, T.M., Cui, J., Murphy, K.J., Herrick, J., Speights, V.O., Jr., Isaac J., Rohr, L.R. (2005) Global hypomethylation is common in prostate cancer cells: a quantitative predictor for clinical outcome? Cancer Genetics and Cytogenetics, 156(1), 31-36.
Beissner, R.S., Stricker, J.B., Speights, V.O., Jr., Coffield, K.S., Spiekerman, A.M., Riggs, M. (2002) Frozen section diagnosis of metastatic prostate adenocarcinoma in pelvic lymphadenectomy compared with nomogram prediction of metastasis. Urology, 59(5), 721-725.

Vernon A. Stembridge, MD (1966)

Dr. Vernon “Vernie” Albert Stembridge was born on June 7, 1924 in El Paso, Texas. He was the oldest son of Vernie A. Stembridge, Sr. and Marie Lawless. He graduated from El Paso High School in 1940 at the age of 15. He married Aileen Marston of Dallas in 1944, and they had three daughters, Shirley, Ann, and Vivian.

Dr. Stembridge died on December 1, 2000 in Dallas, Texas.

Medical Education & Practice

Dr. Stembridge earned a bachelor’s degree from the Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy, now The University of Texas at El Paso, in 1943 at the age of 18. He remained on campus for a year as a laboratory instructor until his fiancé graduated in 1944. After getting married, Dr. Stembridge moved to Galveston for medical school. He received his MD degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in 1948.

Dr. Stembridge did a rotating internship with the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. He then returned to Galveston in 1952, to take a position at UTMB as assistant professor of pathology. He did a three-year residency under Dr. Paul Brindley; Dr. Elwood Baird mentored him in clinical pathology; and Dr. Frank Townshend was his supervisor in surgical pathology. Dr. Stembridge would serve as associate professor of pathology, associate director of clinical laboratories, and coordinator of cancer teaching at UTMB until 1956.
In 1956 Dr. Frank Townsend MC, USAF, then US Air Force Deputy Director of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC, recruited Dr. Stembridge to help lead a project that involved examining deceased pilots after a crash. The aim of the project was to determine the cause of death in an effort to make flights safer for military personnel. Dr. Stembridge’s work eventually led to changes in aircraft design, as well as making autopsy evaluations after a crash standard procedure. Dr. Stembridge received the Legion of Merit, the nation’s second highest peacetime award, for ‘exceptionally meritorious service’ for his contribution to military aircraft safety.

In 1959, Dr. Stembridge was discharged with the rank of major and moved to Dallas to join the faculty at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He served as an associate professor and later as full professor of pathology. He also joined the staff of Parkland Hospital as director of surgical pathology and directed the Tumor Clinic from 1967 until 1976.

During his time at UT Southwestern, Dr. Stembridge was instrumental in helping establish the pathology program and made considerable contributions toward training physicians for rural pathology practice. He was chairman of the medical school pathology department from 1967 until 1988. In 1988 he was named interim dean of the Southwestern Allied Health Services School, a post he held for two years. In 1992, Dr. Stembridge was named professor emeritus.

Among his notable accomplishments, Dr. Stembridge helped establish the Dallas County medical examiner system, which was located at UT Southwestern and staffed by doctors with the same qualifications as the medical school faculty. This system eventually became a model for
other systems throughout the nation. Dr. Stembridge also lobbied for legislation to provide access to a medical examiner in Texas’s sparsely populated areas.

Dr. Stembridge served as a consultant for the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Federal Aviation Agency, and the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies. He also served as a pathology consultant to the Dallas Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Baylor University Medical Center, St. Paul Medical Center, Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Additionally, he was a governor-appointed member of the Texas Radiation Advisory Board.

Dr. Stembridge’s professional memberships include the American Society of Clinical Pathology and the Association of Pathology Chairmen, both of which he served as president. He also served as president of the Dallas County Medical Society, and the Dallas County chapter of the American Cancer Society. He served on the board of directors of the Dallas County Medical Society from 1968 to 1971 and from 1982 to 1986. He was a diplomat of the American Board of Pathology, and he was on the Council on Graduate Medical Education’s residency review committee for nuclear medicine and pathology. Finally, he was a member of the Texas Medical Association’s House of Delegates and chaired the medical examiner committee for two years. In all, Dr. Stembridge served as president of every major professional pathology association in the country.

The ASCP awarded Dr. Stembridge the Ward Burdick Award, and he received leadership awards from the Dallas County Medical Society and the American Cancer Society. He also received the joint distinguished service award from the ASCP and CAP. Dr. Stembridge was the first recipient of the Senator Betty and Dr. Andy Andujar Chair in Pathology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He was also awarded the Ashbel Smith Professorship in 1991.

At UT Southwestern, Dr. Stembridge’s legacy is recognized with a Stembridge Scholarship Award which is presented annually to an outstanding senior medical student in pathology at the school. UT Southwestern also established an endowed distinguished chair in his name.

Texas Society of Pathologists

Dr. Stembridge served the TSP in a variety of ways. He was instrumental in the growth of pathology in Texas. He served as president of the TSP in 1966, and received the George T. Caldwell, MD Award in 1967.

Notable Publication(s)

Brindley, P., & Stembridge, V. A. (1956). Aneurysms of the Aorta: A Clinicopathologic Study of 369 Necropsy Cases*. The American journal of pathology, 32(1), 67.
Berry, F. B., & Stembridge, V. A. (1958). The human element in aircraft accidents. Annals of surgery, 147(5), 590.
Stastny, P., Stembridge, V. A., & Ziff, M. (1963). Homologous disease in the adult rat, a model for autoimmune disease I. General features and cutaneous lesions. The Journal of experimental medicine, 118(4), 635-648.

James C. Stinson, Jr., MD (1976)

Dr. James Cotton Stinson, Jr. was born on February 2, 1922 in Sherman, Texas. His father was a graduate of Austin College in Sherman and became a pharmacist. His mother graduated from The University of Texas in Austin. He had one sister. After graduating from Sherman High School, Dr. Stinson joined the US Naval Reserve. He married Katherine “Tink” Wilson, a physician’s daughter, while he was completing his fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. They had five children, James Clyde, Charles Hardwicke, Katherine Lee, Julia Ann, and Robert Arthur.

Dr. Stinson died on January 18, 2007.

Medical Education & Practice

After receiving his BS degree in biology at Texas A&M University in 1943, Dr. Stinson entered medical school at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He was part of the World War II three-year accelerated program. He received his MD degree in 1945 and was board certified in 1953.

After medical school, Dr. Stinson was commissioned as a Lieutenant (j.g.) in the Naval Reserve and was assigned to an internship in the Navy Hospital in Oak Knoll, California. Once his internship was complete, Dr. Stinson was assigned to the USS Chikaskia, an oil tanker that made several excursions in the Pacific. He was then stationed at the Naval Hospital in Houston, Texas until his discharge from the Navy.

After his time in the Navy, Dr. Stinson completed his residency in pathology during his fellowship with the Mayo Clinic. While there, he met Dr. A.C. Broders, Sr. Dr. Broders would influence Dr. Stinson’s decision to eventually move to Temple, Texas where he practiced medicine for the rest of his career. Later, Dr. Stinson would be one of several physicians who helped establish the A.C. Broders Memorial Fund Lectureship.

After completing his fellowship, Dr. Stinson took a position as surgical pathologist at Scott and White Clinic in Temple, Texas. He was chairman of the department of pathology from 1956 until 1982 when he became senior consultant in pathology. In 1963 he served as president of the Scott and White Clinic Staff Organization and chair of the Radiation Committee. Dr. Stinson, along with Dr. T.R. Sunbury established an extensive reference library of electron micrographs that were of sufficient quality to use for teaching. When Scott and White became a branch of Texas A&M Medical School, many of their specimens were given to the Department of Pathology to use for educational purposes.

Dr. Stinson was honored for his work in electron microscopy with the building of the James C. Stinson Electron Microscopy Suite at Scott and White. Additionally, he also received professor emeritus from Texas A&M.

Dr. Stinson belonged to several organizations including the Texas and American Societies of Electron Microscopy, the College of American Pathologists, the American Society of Clinical Pathology, the American Society of Cell Biology, and the Texas Archeological Society.

Texas Society of Pathologists

Dr. Stinson participated in the TSP’s scientific program and held several offices during his time as a member of the TSP. He was secretary-treasurer the year after the TMA took over the administrative services for this role. He served as president in 1976 and received the George T. Caldwell, MD Award in 1982.

Notable Publication(s)

Stinson Jr, J. C., Baggenstoss, A. H., & Morlock, C. G. (1952). Pancreatic lesions associated with cirrhosis of the liver. American journal of clinical pathology, 22(2), 117.
Leibovitz, A., McCombs 3rd, W. M., Johnston, D., McCoy, C. E., & Stinson, J. C. (1973). New human cancer cell culture lines. I. SW-13, small-cell carcinoma of the adrenal cortex. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 51(2), 691-697.
Leibovitz, A., Stinson, J. C., McCombs, W. B., McCoy, C. E., Mazur, K. C., & Mabry, N. D. (1976). Classification of human colorectal adenocarcinoma cell lines. Cancer research, 36(12), 4562-4569.

Beecher F. Stout, MD (1924, 1925, 1933)

Dr. Beecher Franklin Stout was born on May 27, 1877 in Baldwin City, Kansas to Reverend Andrew V. Stout and Annie Dean Stout. He grew up in Olathe, Kansas, and married Llora Beach in Kansas City, Missouri on October 18, 1905. They had one daughter.

Dr. Stout died on January 24, 1957 of cardiovascular failure after a long illness.

Medical Education & Practice

Dr. Stout received his MD degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City in 1900. He served an internship at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Kansas City and returned to the University of Kansas to study pathology. He was board certified by the American Board of Pathology in 1936.

In 1904, Dr. Stout moved to San Antonio, Texas where he established the first private laboratory for clinical pathology in the state. Prior to this, Dr. Stout had read a paper on Hookworm at the Bexar County Medical society, and once he came to San Antonio to practice, made the first laboratory diagnosis of hookworm infestation in Bexar County. In 1907 he was appointed city bacteriologist, and in 1909 he served a term as physician to the San Antonio Public Schools. For many years he served on the San Antonio Board of Health and was a member of the board of directors of the Robert B. Green Memorial Hospital.

In 1906 August von Wasserman developed his sero-diagnostic test for syphilis, and in 1910 Paul Elrich reported on the use of salvarsan to treat syphilis. That same year Dr. Stout went to Charité Hospital in Berlin, Germany for two months to learn how to use the Wasserman test and administer salvarson from some of Dr. Elrich’s associates. In 1911 he administered the first Wasserman test and the first dose of salvarson in Texas.

Dr. Stout was unable to join the Army during World War I due to his hearing, so he spent some time as a contract clinical pathologist to the Medical Department of the United States Army, serving as chief of the Serologic Service at Station Hospital, Fort Sam Houston.
During his 50 years of practice, predominantly in San Antonio, Dr. Stout served as pathologist to the Robert B. Green Memorial Hospital, the Nix Memorial Hospital, and the Salvation Army Hospital and as consulting pathologist to the old Physicians and Surgeons Hospital and to other hospitals over Southwest Texas.

During his time in practice, Dr. Stout saw pathology advance as a discipline and reported on the early days of pathology. He was often sent specimens that were incomprehensible because they were poorly packaged and without the patient’s medical background. Additionally, autopsies were relatively new and many people disagreed with the practice.

One of his enduring contributions to Texas pathology was initiating tumor seminars. In 1944, seeing a need for better understanding of tumor diagnosis, Dr. Stout started a tumor seminar series in San Antonio which was open to any interested pathologists. This meeting was so successful that it became an annual event and spurned other similar seminars throughout the country. Dr. Stout was often invited to present at tumor seminars across the US and Mexico.

Among his service in organized medicine, Dr. Stout was involved in the Bexar County Medical Society where he served as secretary a well as president. He also served as chairman of the section on clinical pathology for the Texas Medical Association and was a member of the American Medical Association. Dr. Stout was diplomat of the American Board of Pathology and a fellow with the American Society of Clinical Pathology.

Texas Society of Pathologists

Dr. Stout is one of the charter members of the TSP, then the State Pathological Society of Texas, and was elected its president in 1923 and 1925. He was involved in many of the early discussions on standardizing laboratories and equipment and was a strong supporter of private laboratories.

Dr. Stout served another term as president of the State Pathological Society in 1933 and was appointed to the first awards committee after the meeting in 1934 to re-establish the Society.

In 1956 Dr. Stout was chosen as the second recipient of the George T. Caldwell, MD Award, but he was unable to attend the banquet in his honor due to illness. Dr. J. Harvey Black accepted the award on his behalf.

Notable Publication(s)

In 1953 Dr. Stout published a brief history of pathology in the Texas Sate Journal of Medicine. He also contributed a chapter on serodiagnosis for a textbook.
Kahn, I. S., & Stout, B. F. (1932). Allergy and infection: practical value of cytologic examination of the nasal smear in differential diagnosis. Journal of the American Medical Association, 99(18), 1494-1496.
Stout, B. F. (1933). Bacteriophage therapy. Texas State J. Med, 29, 205-209.
Donaldson, J. K., & Stout, B. F. (1935). Mesenteric thrombosis:(Arterial and venous types as separate clinical entities) a clinical and experimental study. The American Journal of Surgery, 29(2), 208-217.

Susan M. Strate, MD (1995)

Dr. Susan Marie Strate was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on November 14, 1952. She grew up on a farm in Greenswood, Nebraska as the oldest of four children. She graduated valedictorian from Ashland-Greenwood High School in 1971.

Medical Education & Practice

Dr. Strate received her undergraduate education at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln majoring in pre-medical technology and pre-med. She was a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and a Regent’s Scholar. While attending college she worked at Pathology Medical Services, P.C. in Lincoln, where she served as a phlebotomist, lab assistant, and an autopsy technician, spending the majority of working time at Lincoln General Hospital.

After finishing her undergraduate requirements, Dr. Strate worked for two years to pay for medical school. In 1979 she received her MD degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha and was board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology in 1983.
Dr. Strate had moved to Dallas, Texas to complete a residency in clinical and anatomic pathology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School under the guidance of Drs. Vernie Stembridge, John Childers, and Fred Silva. She also did a brief elective at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas with Dr. Charles Petty.

Upon completing her residency, in July 1983 Dr. Strate moved to Lansing, Michigan where she worked with Lansing Area Pathologists. In 1985 she moved back to Texas after being recruited by North Texas Medical Laboratories in Wichita Falls.

Dr. Strate is known for her abilities as a leader. She was president of the medical staff and medical director of laboratories at Wichita General Hospital, president of the Wichita County Medical Society, and member of the Wichita General Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, the
Board of Directors of the Wichita Unit of the American Cancer Society, and the North Central Texas Medical Foundation Board of Directors. She served as medical director of the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health Department laboratory in 1997, clinical assistant professor of family practice and community medicine for the Wichita Falls Family Practice Residency Program, and adjunct professor of Midwestern State University.

Additionally, Dr. Strate was well-known for her writing and journalism skills. She served for several years as executive editor of the “Wichita Falls Medicine,” a widely-read publication. She was also a founding member, president, and CEO of Texoma Total Care Physician Network in Wichita Falls with members from a nine counties in north Texas.

Dr. Strate has served in various roles with the Texas Medical Association including being elected as vice speaker of the TMA House of Delegates in 2012. She has been a member of the Voluntary Hospitals of America Southwest Physician Council, the AMA, the American College of Physician Executives, the IPA Association of America, and the American Pathology Foundation. She has been a fellow of the American Society of Clinical Pathology and has served in numerous roles for the College of American Pathologists.

Among Dr. Strate’s numerous awards, she received the CAP Foundation Lansky Award in 1996, an annual award presented to a board-certified pathologist under the age of 40 who has demonstrated leadership skills consistent with the goals of the CAP Foundation and has made significant contributions to the field of pathology.

Texas Society of Pathologists

Dr. Strate served as editor of the TSP newsletter, Focal Point,from 1989 until 1996, developing the name, tagline, logo and format. For this work, she received the 1994 Pinnacle of Success Award from the American Association of Medical Society Executives.

Dr. Strate was elected president of the TSP in 1995 and served during its Diamond Jubilee celebration. She later served as chairman of the TSP Heritage Council and received the George T. Caldwell, MD Award in 2003.

Notable Publication(s)

Strate, S. M., Taylor, W. E., Forney, J. P., & Silva, F. G. (1983). Xanthogranulomatous pseudotumor of the vagina: evidence of a local response to an unusual bacterium (mucoid Escherichia coli). American journal of clinical pathology, 79(5), 637-643.
Strate, S. M., Lee, E. L., & Childers, J. H. (1984). Occult papillary carcinoma of the thyroid with distant metastases. Cancer, 54(6), 1093-1100.
Strate, S. M., Rutledge, J. C., & Weinberg, A. G. (1984). Delayed development of angiosarcoma in multinodular infantile hepatic hemangioendothelioma. Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine, 108(12), 943.