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The John Boitnott Liver and Gastrointestinal Pathology Fund

Support a Fellow in Liver Pathology

The John Boitnott Liver and Gastrointestinal Pathology Fund is an endowed fund established in the Department of Pathology in 2012 to honor John K. Boitnott, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Pathology and former Pathologist-In-Chief. The income from the fund supports a fellow in the Division of Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology.

Dr. Boitnott was raised in Virginia and earned his bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater College and his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1957. He completed residency training in both internal medicine and pathology at Johns Hopkins, serving as chief resident in Pathology, before joining the Department of Pathology faculty in 1963 as an instructor. He rose through the ranks and was elevated to full professor in 1982.

Although his principal area of interest is liver disease with an associated interest in disease of the biliary tract and pancreas, Dr. Boitnott was among the first to recognize the importance of medical informatics to clinical service, research, and teaching in anatomic pathology. The excellence of the Department of Pathology in anatomic pathology informatics, over a five decade period, can be traced directly to his steadfast efforts. In the mid-1980s, he established a “word search indexing system” which enabled broader accessibility throughout the hospital.

From 1988 to 1992, Dr. Boitnott, as Pathologist-in-Chief, together with John H. Yardley, M.D., the sixth Baxley Professor and Director of Pathology, led the Department during a critical transition period in its history. Over a career that spanned more than 55 years, Dr. Boitnott published more than 90 peer-reviewed papers. Most of his work involved collaborative clinico-pathologic studies.

Now retired, Dr. Boitnott holds the title Professor Emeritus of Pathology in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. If you would like to honor Dr. Boitnott’s legacy, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the John Boitnott Liver and Gastrointestinal Pathology Fund through the Department of Pathology’s secure online giving form by clicking the button below.

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