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Henry D. Appelman [M.D.]

  • Titles : Professor, Department of Pathology
  • Affiliations : University Hospitals, University of Michigan

Academic Profile at a Glance
  • Graduated from no university: never received an undergraduate degree
  • Graduated from University of Michigan School of Medicine in1961
  • Residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, University of Michigan
  • Certifications: Board-Certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology in 1966
 About Your Organization/Department
  • I went to college and medical school at Michigan and did my residency there, so I was eager to leave, but I was dragged back in 1969, kicking and screaming after a 3-year hiatus
  • I turned down a lucrative private practice job to take an academic job that paid half as much. I am still trying to determine if I was a dummy for doing that.
  • I learned GI and liver pathology by looking through the microscope and talking to clinicians.
  • I have been extraordinarily lucky to have had some amazing mentors, including A. James French, my first chairman, Gus Abell, my first tutor in surgical pathology who made me study everything I looked at, Elson Helwig, a giant of a skin and GI pathologist who always asked why things happened whenever he looked at a case and Matt Alpern, a brilliant scientist who taught me to ask the questions other people wanted to ask but were afraid to do so because they worried they would be ridiculed.


  • I have been married to Harlene for 28 years, and have enjoyed every minute of those years. Some guys just get lucky.
  • We have 5 amazingly accomplished and even nice children and step-children
  • We have 4 obviously superior grandchildren, Lilli, Bran-Man, The Harp and the Big Ox, currently ages about 1-13 years.
  • I work out daily to keep up with them.
  • My most important achievement is sticking around, continuing to practice pathology in my subspecialty, teach anyone who is willing to listen and still enjoying these things as much as ever over 51 years after I started my residency in pathology

  • First President, Gastrointestinal Pathology Club (now Society)
  • President, United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology
  • President, OESO, the World Organization for Specialized Studies on Diseases of the Esophagus
  • The George F. Stevenson Distinguished Service Award, American Society for Clinical Pathology
  • The H.P. Smith Award for Distinguished Pathology Educator, American Society for Clinical Pathology
  • Awarded Master Status, American Society for Clinical Pathology
  • Maude Abbott Lecturer, United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology
  • Harvey Goldman Distinguished Teaching and Mentoring Award, United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology
  • 50 Visiting Professorships at medical centers around the country and abroad
  • About 170 publications and book chapters, almost all on aspects of gastrointestinal pathology
  • 17 honorary lectureships, about 280 invited lectures and seminars
  • Three editorial boards, several boards of national and international organizations

  • Challenging Gastrointestinal, Liver and Pancreatic Lesions: Surgical Pathologic and Cytopathologic Diagnosis
  • Coping with the Surgical Pathologic Difficult to Diagnose Upper and Lower GI Tract, Liver, Biliary and Pancreatic Lesions

Past Lectures

  • An Expose' on Polyps with Too Much Lamina Propria (07/11/2013)
  • GISTs and UnGISTS: Mesenchymal Proliferations In and Near the Gut (07/10/2013)
  • A Primer on the Use of the Biopsy in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (07/09/2013)
  • The Straight Poop on Those Gastric Mucosal Bumps that We Face Daily (07/08/2013)
  • Goblet Cells Around the GE Junction are Annoying, but Profitable (07/08/2013)


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