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Richard L. Kempson [M.D.]

  • Titles : Professor Emeritus
  • Affiliations : Stanford University Medical Center

Academic Profile at a Glance

  • Tulane University, BS 1952
  • Tulane University School of Medicine, MD 1955
  • 1956 - 1959 United States Army Captain, M.C.
  • Fellow, Washington University School of Medicine with Lauren Ackerman
  • Recruited to Stanford with Dr. Ronald Dorfman (co-directors of SP for 30+ years)
  • 2002 Emeritus but still signs out consults 3 months a year and always available for additional consultations from faculty 
  • 1996 President, Arthur Purdy Stout Society
  • 1993-1995 President of Association of Directors of Surgical Pathology (Founding Member)
  • 1997 President, United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology
  • 2002-2004 President of California Society of Pathologists  

About Your Organization/Department 

  • Together with Dr.Ronald Dorfman he established an internationally recognized residency and surgical fellowship program, which went on to train more than 275 pathologists in the art and science of diagnostic surgical pathology. Dr. Kempson is best known for his distinctive teaching style that emphasizes precise diagnostic criteria, approaching diagnosis with a broad morphologic differential diagnosis, and most importantly, always highlighting the relevance to patient management of the morphologic distinctions being made. He has been one of the major thought contributors to our current practice of diagnostic surgical pathology, particularly in gynecologic, breast, and soft tissue pathology.  
  • Teaching Award (California Society of Pathologists, 1999)
  • Distinguished Pathologist Award (U.S. & Canadian Academy of Pathology, 2003)
  • Honorary Fellow (Royal College of Pathologists, London, 2003)
  • H.P. Smith Award for Distinguished Pathology Educator (American
  • Society of Clinical Pathology, 2004)
  • Fred Waldorf Stewart Award of the Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center 
  • United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) President's Award 2014
  • Arthur Purdy Stout Award  

Loves opera, wine, history, avid follower of sports


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