John J. Godleski, MD

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Title: Professor Emeritus of Pathology
Location: Milton, Massachusetts, United States

John Godleski, Professor Emeritus of Pathology, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in lung pathology education and research.

Dr. Godleski became involved in his profession during his collegiate years; he was trying to make a decision as to whether he should go to medical school or earn a PhD degree and pursue biological research. What informed his decision to go into pathology was meeting a pathologist who convinced him the field was a great way to do research and have an interesting career. He first earned Bachelor of Science from King’s College in 1965 and continued with his academic pursuits at the University of Pittsburgh, receiving an MD in 1969. Dr. Godleski completed an internship and residency in pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital and a fellowship in pulmonary research at the Harvard School of Public Health. He became board certified in pathological anatomy through the American Board of Pathology in 1975.

The highlight of Dr. Godleski’s career was having his research paper named the top research paper. In 1967, he received a first place student award from the American Medical Association Scientific Forum, which meant that his paper was the best in the country. The paper was on cancer cells and how those cancer cells had different numbers of chromosomes. Dr. Godleski was also proud of saving the teaching award at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and at Harvard University, whereupon he received more than 30 million dollars in research grants throughout his career. He retired in 2017 with the honorable professor emeritus title at Harvard Medical School. He initially joined the institution as an associate professor in 1984. Prior to that, he taught and lead the pulmonary pathology unit at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and served as a commissioned officer of the United States Public Health Service with the Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, he has been a consultant, associate director of the Harvard EPA Clean Air Research Center and held several roles with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Center with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Throughout his career, Dr. Godleski has received a numbers of accolades that attest to his skills and services. In 2019, he received the Outstanding Alumni Professional Achievement Award from King’s College. He has also earned the Cub Scout Hero Award, the Honorary Lifetime Fellowship with the Polish Society of Pathologists and the Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching from the Medical College of Pennsylvania. He was named the Father of the Year in Weston, Massachusetts in 1981 and from 1979 to 2017 was the recipient of research grants from the National Institutes of Health. Throughout his career, Dr. Godleski has contributed to more than 170 peer-reviewed articles and professional journals. He also served as a surgeon with the US Public Health Service from 1971 to 1973.

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