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A native of Lynn, Massachusetts, Dr. Weiss earned her A.B from Wellesley College and her M.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Following housestaff training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and a brief tenure on the faculty, she joined the staff of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP), eventually becoming the Chair of the Department of Soft Tissue Pathology. During those 13 formative years at the AFIP, she co-authored with Franz Enzinger the now iconic textbook, Soft Tissue Tumors, now in its 6th edition. Subsequent academic appointments included the A. J. French Professor and Director of Anatomic Pathology at the University of Michigan and Professor and Vice Chair of Pathology at Emory University. In addition, she served as the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at the Emory University School of Medicine.

Over her career she has published extensively and lectured widely on all aspects of soft tissue tumors. She is known especially for her work on prognostic factors in undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma (formerly malignant fibrous histiocytoma), dedifferentiation in liposarcoma, and borderline vascular tumors (hemangioendothelioma). She and her co-workers are also credited with the first description of numerous new entities including: epithelioid hemangioendothelioma, spindle cell hemangioma (formerly spindle cell hemangioendothelioma), giant cell fibroblastoma, ossifying fibromyxoid tumor, epithelioid sarcoma-like hemangioendothelioma, pleomorphic hyalinizing angiectatic tumor, ischemic fasciitis, and inflammatory myxohyaline tumor (myxoinflammatory fibroblastic sarcoma), She has given generously of her time in many key leadership positions including Chair of the World Health Organization Committee for the Classification of Soft Tissue Tumors, President of International Society of Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors and President of the American Board of Pathology. Her honors include: Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha, Alumnae Achievement Award (Wellesley College), the Society of Scholars (Johns Hopkins University) and 2014 Harvey Goldman Master Teacher and Mentoring Award (USCAP).

SHaron W. Weiss

Appointment at the time of award:
Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA


Description and Eligibility The ISBSTP Distinguished Achievement Award is presented to a member of the ISBSTP Society who has made significant achievements and contributions to the field of bone and soft tissue pathology and is recognized for leadership in this sub-discipline. The purpose of this award is to recognize a member of the Society who has attained extraordinary distinction and accomplishment in the field of bone and/or soft tissue pathology and whose achievements have brought benefit to the practice and care of patients with bone or soft tissue disease processes. This award is not intended to recognize lifetime achievement or longevity.

Frequency of Award A Distinguished Achievement Award will be bestowed annually at the discretion of the Awards Committee.

Nature of the Award The recipient will receive an award plaque and a cash gift from the ISBSTP Award, Scholarship and Education Fund.

Nomination Procedure

Award nominations will be submitted by the Awards Committee to the Executive Committee for selection.

The selection will be made by the Executive Committee based on the criteria as listed above. Particular attention will be given to the individual’s impact on the profession.

The Awards Committee must submit nominations to the Executive Committee by July 1st to enable inclusion within the Scientific Program.

Award Presentation Ceremony Presentation of the award will be made by the ISBSTP President at the annual meeting traditionally held in late February or March as a companion meeting to the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology annual meeting.

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