Dr. Henry Appelman received his M.D. from the University of Michigan in 1961 where he also completed his residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology in 1966. He is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.
He then spent two years from 1966 through 1968 as a staff pathologist and captain in the US Army reserves at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. He was a member of the faculty of the Department of Pathology at Hahnemann Medical Center in Philadelphia from 1968-69, and he joined the Department of the University of Michigan as an assistant professor in 1969, rising to the rank of associate professor in 1972 and professor in 1976. During the ensuing 47 years at Michigan, he participated actively in medical student and resident teaching and developed clinical and research interests in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, pancreato-biliary tract and liver, including inflammatory bowel diseases, Barrett’s esophagus, gastric inflammations and neoplasms of all those systems.
Dr. Appelman is one of the pioneers in modern biopsy pathology of the gastrointestinal tract. He was the first president of the Gastrointestinal Pathology Club, now the Rodger Haggitt Gastrointestinal Pathology Society (GIPS). He is a past president of both the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) and the Society for Statistical Study of Diseases of the Esophagus (OESO) headquartered in Paris. He has been the recipient of major teaching and service awards from several national societies, including the Distinguished Pathologist Award from the USCAP and the Harvey Goldman Lifetime Achievement Award from the GIPS. He is the 2015 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Education from the University of Michigan Medical School.
He is the author of more than 400 peer-reviewed publications, books, book chapters and abstracts. Dr. Appelman has been invited on over 300 occasions to deliver extramural, national and international presentations, including 20 named lectureships and over 50 visiting professorships.