It is with a broken heart that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Dr. Stefan Pambuccian.

A devoted mentor, beloved teacher, penultimate scholar and the heart Anatomic Pathology, Dr. Stefan Pambuccian was a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and served as Vice-Chair for Translational Research.

Dr. Pambuccian completed his medical education at the University of Bucharest Medical School. After a short stint in family medicine, he completed residency in AP/CP and fellowship in Surgical Pathology and Hematopathology at Lenox Hill Hospital in NY. Following this, he completed fellowship in cytopathology at Johns Hopkins University and the AFIP. He held numerous leadership roles, including Director of Cytopathology at Fairview System, Twin Cities, MN, and then here at Loyola as our Director of Surgical Pathology, Anatomic Pathology, and Vice Chair for Scholarly Activities and Faculty Advancement.

An internationally recognized morphologist, cytopathologist, and pathologist, he served in numerous leadership roles both within and outside the hospital system and around the world. He was the Associate Editor of Diagnostic Cytopathology. He served on the editorial board for Cancer Cytopathology (2010-2012), Diagnostic Molecular Pathology, Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology (JASC), and Pathology Case Reviews.

Dr. Pambuccian was a celebrated teacher, with numerous lectures and didactics to his name. He won several prestigious teaching awards over the years, including the Paul Schreckenberger teaching award in our department in 2018. For his academic excellence he was recently nominated for induction to the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha. He was an exemplary scholar and pathology guru – with his CV boasting over 200 peer reviewed articles, several book chapters and Editorship of a book on lymph node cytopathology.

Beyond all these achievements, his footprint in our department was as big as his generous heart. He was always there for anyone who needed him, day or night. Never do you find the embodiment of encyclopedic knowledge in the most humble and caring of human beings, but this was the case for Dr. Pambuccian. The Loyola Pathology family has lost a piece of its heart today. Announcement of plans for a celebration of Dr. Pambuccians life will follow in due course.