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Three Expert Breast Pathologists

All consultations are reviewed by one of three expert breast pathologists: Dr. Stuart Schnitt, Dr. James Connolly or Dr. Laura Collins.

Stuart J. Schnitt, MD

Stuart J. Schnitt, M.D. is the Director of the Division of Anatomic Pathology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, co-leader of the Dana Farber Harvard Cancer Center Breast Program, a Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School and an internationally recognized expert in breast pathology. He did his internship and residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston followed by a fellowship in surgical pathology, also at Beth Israel Hospital.

Dr. Schnitt has published over 280 original articles, review articles, editorials, commentaries, and book chapters, primarily in the area of breast diseases. Along with Dr. Laura Collins he has authored a popular breast pathology textbook entitled "Biopsy Interpretation of the Breast," now in its second edition; this book has also been published in Chinese. In addition, he is one of the editors of the 4th Edition of the "World Health Organization Classification of Tumours of the Breast." He has been cited in multiple editions of "The Best Doctors in America" and "America's Top Doctors." Dr. Schnitt is a Past President of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (2010-2011).

His research interests have focused primarily on risk factors for local recurrence in patients with invasive breast cancer and ductal carcinoma in situ treated with breast conserving therapy, benign breast disease and breast cancer risk, and stromal-epithelial interactions in breast tumor progression.

James L. Connolly, MD

Dr. James Connolly is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in breast pathology. He received his B.A. from Merrimack College, his M.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and trained in Pathology at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. He is the former Director of Anatomic Pathology at Beth Israel Hospital/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). He is currently a Senior Pathologist and Director of the Pathology Residency Program at BIDMC, Staff Pathologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Consultant in Pathology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He is past President of the Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology and is a member of the American Board of Pathology Anatomic Pathology Test Development and Advisory Committee. He is the past Vice Chairman of the Cancer Committee of the College of American Pathologists. He is the chair of the Advanced Practical Pathology Program in Multidisciplinary Breast Pathology - MBP AP3 for the College of American Pathologists. He is a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the College of American Pathologists. He is on the Executive Committee of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of that organization. He is a member of the Commission on Cancer representing the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

Dr. Connolly is on the editorial boards of many pathology journals. His primary research interest has been in diseases of the breast and he has over 115 peer-reviewed publications as well as over 60 reviews, chapters and editorials most of which concern breast disease. He teaches and lectures in breast pathology nationally and internationally.

Laura C. Collins, MD

Dr. Laura C. Collins is Associate Director of the Division of Anatomic Pathology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and an Associate Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School. After graduating from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in London, England, she completed medical and surgical internships as required in the United Kingdom. Following this, she undertook Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency training at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston from 1993-1997. Following a Cytopathology fellowship at BIDMC, Dr. Collins joined the BIDMC Department of Pathology as a staff pathologist. She has served as Associate Director and then Director of the Residency Training Program in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and the Director of the Selective Pathology Fellowship at BIDMC.

Dr. Collins has published numerous original articles, review articles and book chapters on breast pathology. She was the guest editor for a monograph on Current Concepts in Breast Pathology in the Surgical Pathology Clinics Series. Along with Dr. Stuart Schnitt, she recently published a breast pathology textbook entitled "Biopsy Interpretation of the Breast."

Her research interests are in breast cancer and in particular the understanding of precursor lesions and early breast neoplasia.

Contact Information

Breast Pathology Consultation Service
Department of Pathology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
617-667-4371 (If no one is available to take your call at the number above, please call 617-667-4344.)

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