Conference Organizers


Joel K Greenson, M.D.

Professor of Pathology
University of Michigan

Dr. Greenson received both his undergraduate degree and M.D. at the University of Michigan, in 1980 and 1984, respectively. Following residency and fellowship training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Maryland, he joined the faculty at the Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1990. In 1993, he joined the Department of Pathology at the University of Michigan as an Assistant Professor, where he became the Director of Surgical Pathology Fellowship Program in 1995 and the Director of Surgical Pathology in 1997. He served in these positions through 2005. He was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 1997 and to the rank of Professor in 2003.

Dr. Greenson has clinical and research interests in gastrointestinal and liver pathology. Dr. Greenson is also a past-president of the Gastrointestinal Pathology Society.
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David Lucas, M.D.

A. James French Professor and Director of Anatomic Pathology
University of Michigan

Dr. David Lucas received his M.D. from Wayne State University in 1988. After Pathology residency training at Wayne State University (1998-1991), he spent two years as a Surgical and Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology Fellow at the Mayo Clinic (1991-1993). In 1993, he accepted a faculty position at Wayne State University, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2000, and worked there until 2003. Dr. Lucas was Course Director for the sophomore Connective Tissue Unit at Wayne State University from 1995-2003 and Director of Immunohistochemistry at the Detroit Medical Center from 2000-2003.

Dr. Lucas joined the faculty of the University of Michigan of Pathology Department in 2003 and was promoted to Professor in 2006. He is an expert consultant in Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology. He served as Director of Immunohistochemistry from 2006-2010, Director of Surgical Pathology from 2010-2015, and Program Director of the Surgical Pathology Fellowship from 2010-2015. Dr. Lucas was appointed Director of Anatomic Pathology in December 2015. He is author of 120 peer-reviewed publications, co-authored two editions of Diagnostic Pathology of Soft Tissue Tumors (2011 and 2016), and wrote multiple book chapters and abstracts. He has given various extramural invited presentations at local, national, and international venues, and has participated as study pathologist on multiple clinical trials.

Lauren Smith, M.D.

Director of Hematopathology
University of Michigan

Dr. Lauren Smith received her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan Honors College with highest distinction in 1992. She spent four years working in a neurogenetics laboratory at the University of San Francisco with Dr. Nelson Freimer. For the next two years she worked as a manuscript editor for Dr. Donald Klein, a psychiatrist, at Columbia University. In 1998, she began medical school at the University of Michigan. She was awarded AOA in her junior year and was president of the UM AOA Chapter the following year. She completed her residency in anatomic/clinical pathology and fellowship in hematopathology from 2002-2007.

In July, 2007 she began her faculty career as an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2013. She was appointed Fellowship Director in 2013. She was appointed the Director of the Ethics Path of Excellence in the University of Michigan Medical School in 2013. She became the permanent Director of the Hematopathology Section in 2016. In addition, she serves as a Hospital Ethicist at UMHS.