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The Yener S. Erozan Fellowship in Cytopathology

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The Yener S. Erozan Fellowship in Cytopathology, an endowed fund in the Department of Pathology, was established in 2000 to pay tribute to Yener Erozan, M.D., Director Emeritus of the Division of Cytopathology and a past president of the American Society of Cytopathology. The income from the fund provides fellowship support in the Division of Cytopathology.

Yener Erozan was born and raised in Turkey, and from early childhood wanted to be a doctor and never considered another profession. After graduating from the University of Istanbul School of Medicine in 1954, he completed residency programs at Haydarpasa Numune Hospital in Istanbul (1956-1959) and at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland (1959-1962). He then became a fellow in Cytopathology when he came to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in July 1962. In July 1964, Dr. Erozan joined the Pathology faculty as an instructor before returning to Turkey the following year to serve as an instructor of Pathology at Hacettepe University School of Medicine where he stayed until 1968.

Dr. Erozan returned to Johns Hopkins in December 1968 to become an Assistant Professor of Pathology and resume his remarkable career. In July 1975, he was promoted to Associate Professor and, in January 1989, he assumed the Directorship of the John K. Frost Cytopathology Laboratory, named in honor of the first director of cytopathology at Johns Hopkins under whom Dr. Erozan completed his fellowship. In May 1995, he was promoted to Professor of Pathology.

During a distinguished career that spanned more than 50 years, Dr. Erozan embraced clinical and research technologies that have significantly impacted the practice of cytopathology. He was a leader in the area of fine needle aspiration, one of the major new areas in cytopathology in the last 25 years. His scholarship is embodied in his prolific publications. Dr. Erozan generated more than 120 peer-reviewed articles, 16 non-peer reviewed articles, 15 book chapters, three books, and a variety of multimedia teaching materials.

Dr. Erozan loved teaching, and until his retirement in 2007, he was involved in local, national, and international continuing medical education instructional activities, including the world-renowned Postgraduate Institute for Pathologists in Clinical Cytopathology. In 1997, he received the Faculty Teaching Award from the residents in the Johns Hopkins Department of Pathology. Dr. Erozan was an honorary member of the Turkish Society of Cytopathology.

He was an Associate Editor for Acta Cytologica and an active member of the American Society of Cytopathology. Over the years, Dr. Erozan served the Society in multiple capacities including President. His commitment to the Society was demonstrated through his membership or chairmanship of many of the Society's committees. In 1997, Dr. Erozan received the Society's highest honor—the Papanicolaou Award—in recognition of his meritorious contributions in the field of cytopathology. In 2004, he received the Papanicolaou Society’s "L.C. Tao Educator of the Year" award and, in 2007, the Maurice Goldblatt Cytology Award of the International Academy of Cytology.

A well-loved and respected teacher, mentor, and friend, Dr. Erozan was an active member of the Hopkins Pathology family for many years after his retirement. Sadly, he passed away on July 22, 2023, at age 93.

If you would like to honor Dr. Erozan’s legacy as an outstanding scientist, teacher, and mentor, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution in his memory to the Yener S. Erozan Fellowship in Cytopathology through the Department of Pathology's secure online giving form by clicking the button below.

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