2024 Harlan J. Spjut Award to honor L. Jeffrey Medeiros, M.D. Harlan J. Spjut, M.D. 1922-2010 In Memoriam
Harlan J. Spjutreceived hisB.S. degree fromthe Universityof Utah and his M.D.degree fromthe Universityof Utah College of Medicine where he completedhis residency inAnatomicPathology in 1953.Hethen served in the Department of Surgical Pathology,Washington University School of Medicine from 1954-1961, advancing from Instructor toAssociate Professor.In 1962, he was recruited to Baylor College of MedicineasProfessor ofPathology andChief ofAnatomicPathology of the BenTaubandJefferson DavisHospitals of the Harris CountyHospital District.From1969-1972,he wasActing Chairman of the Department of Pathology, BaylorCollegeofMedicine.Through the years 1971-1980 Dr. Spjut practicedat St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital of Houston where he wasChief of Anatomic Pathology.In 1980, hereturned full timeto BaylorCollegeof Medicine and in 1983 wasnamed to the Clarence andIrene Fulbright Chair of Pathology,a post he held untilhis retirement in 2004.He resumed his positionasActingChairman of Pathology from1987-1988.He specialized in orthopedic, gastrointestinal andcytologic pathology withparticular interests in neoplasms ofthebonesand gastrointestinal tract. Dr. Spjut served oncommittees forthe NationalCancer Institute, including ClinicalCancerTrainingandClinicalCancer Education.Hewas a member of TheAdvisoryCommitteeon DiagnosisandTherapy of theAmericanCancer Society and of theAwardsAssembly of the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation.Dr. Spjut authored over 129articles inrefereed biomedical journals and 24 chaptersand books. The SpjutAward wasconceived by the 1987 Board of Directors of theHouston Society of Clinical Pathologistsand is bestowed inrecognition ofdistinguished scholarly activities, teaching, leadership, patient care andservice to pathology.
The Board of Directors of the Houston Society of Clinical Pathologists established
the Harlan J. Spjut Award in 1989, upon the announcement of Dr. Spjut’s retirement,
to recognize an individual who has demonstrated sustained and distinguished scholarly
achievement in pathology or related disciplines.
This years recipient is L. Jeffrey Medeiros, MD, Chair, Department of Hematopathology,
Division of Pathology/Laboratory Medicine, at The University of Texas MD Anderson
Cancer Center, Houston, TX. Dr. Medeiros will be honored at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday,
April 27, 2024 at InterContinental Houston - Medical Center, 6750 Main St., Houston,
Reservations are required for this award dinner. For more information call (713)
524-4267 ext. 224.