The Maude Abbott Lecture is a prestigious scholarly and/or scientific presentation by a revered authority in pathology who has contributed, and continues to contribute, to the advancement of pathology in the areas of teaching, research and clinical practice. The selected individual must be capable of giving a lucid and erudite lecture relating to contemporary pathology and should be a member of USCAP. Designation as the Maude Abbott Lecturer represents one of the most important USCAP honors.

The lecturer is selected at the interim meeting, by vote of the Board of Directors, from three candidates proposed by the Executive Committee. The lecture is delivered at the Annual Meeting approximately 18 months later.

 The Academy provides:

        – An honorarium in the amount of $2,000

        – Complimentary registration to the Annual Meeting

Elizabeth Montgomery, MD

2023 Maude Abbott Lecture

Elizabeth Anne Montgomery completed pathology residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 1988 wearing the uniform of the United States Army. A rotation at DeWitt Army Community Hospital, Ft. Belvoir VA was followed by one in the Soft Tissue Branch of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP), with the opportunity to learn from luminaries in soft tissue pathology. The guidance of Drs. Jeanne Meis, Sharon Weiss, and the late Dr. Franz Enzinger stimulated her love of histomorphology, resulting in first reports of new entities (atypical decubital fibroplasia/ischemic fasciitis, inflammatory myxohyaline tumor/myxoinflammatory fibroblastic sarcoma).  Time with Dr. Leslie Sobin (AFIP) and Walter Reed gastroenterologists (David Peura and David Martin) piqued her interest in gastrointestinal (GI) pathology, with early publications on H. pylori (then termed Campylobacter pylori).

Dr. Montgomery left the Army (1992), moving to Georgetown University, where she learned “the ropes” from Drs. Norio Azumi, Ernest Lack, and Janice Lage followed by Johns Hopkins University (1999), where she remained for 21 years, working with such pioneers as the late John (Jack) Yardley, Ralph Hruban, Scott Kern, and Bert Vogelstein. Participation in the training of a new generation in gastrointestinal pathology (Michael Torbenson, Christine Iacobuzio-Donahue, Anirban Maitra, Jason Park, Chanjuan Shi, Christina Arnold, Dora Lam-Himlin, Lysandra Voltaggio, Aatur Singhi, Oliver McDonald, and Ta-Chiang Liu, with more coming) allowed her to refine morphologic pathology with studies of existing and novel entities such as various polyps, anastomosing hemangioma, autoimmune gastritis, medication-associated injuries, GI dysplasia, esophageal epidermoid metaplasia, and serrated epithelial change in colitis.

In July 2020, Dr. Montgomery joined the faculty at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, working with a new set of leaders in pathology, including Drs. Merce Jorda, Oleksandr Kryvenko, Andrew Rosenberg, Carmen Gomez, Jennifer Chapman, Monica Garcia, Oliver McDonald, Andre Pinto, and Catalina Amador.

Her delight in the beauty of the hematoxylin and eosin stain and all the information that it offers never diminishes.

Dr. Montgomery resides in Miami Beach. She has a daughter (Alexandra Blaes), two sons (Peter Blaes and Sean McEvoy), and five grandchildren (Maxwell Andes, Jesse and Toby Blaes, Catherine and Louise McEvoy).



Previous Honorees

2022 Cristina Antonescu
2021 Bruce M. Wenig
2020 Christopher P. Crum
2019 David S. Klimstra
2018 Stanley R. Hamilton
2017 Peter A. Humphrey
2016 Stuart J. Schnitt
2015 Ricardo V. Lloyd
2014 Ralph Hruban
2013 Victor Reuter
2012 Robert Kurman
2011 Elaine Jaffe
2010 Henry Appelman
2009 Michael Gimbrone
2008 Christopher D.M. Fletcher


2007 Virginia LiVolsi
2006 Anna-Luise Katzenstein
2005 David Page
2004 Aidan Carney
2003 James Downing
2002 Peter Isaacson
2001 Sharon Weiss
2000 Rodger Haggitt
1999 Richard Kempson
1998 Louis P. Dehner
1997 Charles Hirsch
1996 Ramzi Cotran
1995 Juan Rosai
1994 Morris Karnovsky
1993 Ronald Dorfman
1992 Robert Scully
1991 Guido Majno
1990 Emanuel Rubin
1989 Leopold Koss
1988 Marilyn Farquhar
1987 Emmanuel Farber
1986 Paul Lacy
1985 Kenneth Brinkhous
1984 William Christopherson
1983 Robert Heptinstall
1982 Raffaele Lattes
1981 Lauren Ackerman
1980 Walter Sandritter