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Stephen Hewitt to be Next Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry

November 17, 2015

Los Angeles, CA- The Histochemical Society has selected Stephen M. Hewitt, M.D., Ph.D., head of the Experimental Pathology Laboratory at the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Cancer Research, as the new editor-in-chief (EIC) of the Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry (A SAGE journal), effective January 1, 2016. As the incoming EIC, Hewitt will succeed Professor John Couchman, who is retiring as EIC after serving his 5-year term. Hewitt’s vision will play a pivotal role in determining the journal’s content and editorial board membership over the next 5 years.

“It is an honor to be afforded the opportunity to take the helm of JHC. When I speak to colleagues about the journal, they all know it and consider it a venerable title. For me personally, it is an opportunity to bring the journal home. Dr. Lillie, the first editor-in-chief, was an NIH pathologist, and our research interests are remarkably similar,” said Hewitt. “As a pathologist, in situ biology, information that requires visualization within the context of cytomorphology and histomorphology, is definitional to everything I do professionally.”

Hewitt has served as head of the Experimental Pathology Laboratory within the National Cancer Institute, NIH. Before this appointment, he led the Tissue Array Research Program from 2000 to 2014, and the Applied Molecular Pathology Laboratory from 2008 to 2014. Hewitt's research interests are in the development of tissue-based biomarkers for cancer diagnosis, prognosis, and prediction of response to therapy.  Specific areas of concentration include tissue microarrays, biobanking, tissue proteomics, whole-slide imaging and image analysis, and cancers of the aerodigestive and urogenitial tracts. He received his bachelor's degree in philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University, and his Ph.D. in genetics from The University of Texas, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, having completed his thesis in the laboratory of Grady Saunders at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. He completed his M.D. at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, and his residency in anatomic pathology within the Laboratory of Pathology at the National Cancer Institute. He is a board-certified anatomic pathologist and has served as a member of the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute Immunology and Ligand Assay Consensus Committee, and serves as cochair of the Subcommittee on Immunohistochemical Assays. He is an active member of the Histochemical Society, the Association for Pathology Informatics, and the American Society for Investigative Pathology. He has served as a consultant to the Hematology and Pathology Devices Panel, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration. He also has coauthored more than 220 articles and served on the editorial board of several peer-reviewed journals.

“The Society is fortunate in recruiting Dr. Stephen Hewitt to be the next Editor-in-Chief of our journal,” said Doug Rosene, President of the Histochemical Society and Professor at the Boston University School of Medicine. “Stephen is a superb investigative pathologist, histochemist and microscopist, and most importantly, he is a serious scholar and a great communicator.  These are all skills that ensure he will continue to advance the Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry as the journal of record for the microscopic study of cells and tissues.  All of us in the Society look forward to supporting Stephen in this new role.”


The Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry has been a pre-eminent journal for more than 60 years. The journal is own by the Histochemical Society, and published by SAGE.  It is published monthly and offers primary research articles, timely reviews, editorials, and perspectives on the structure and function of cells, tissues, and organs, as well as mechanisms of development, differentiation, and disease. The journal also publishes new developments in microscopy and imaging, especially where imaging techniques complement current genetic, molecular and biochemical investigations of cell and tissue function.

Founded in 1950 The Histochemical Society is an organization of scientists sharing a passion for the development and use of visual techniques that provide biochemical and molecular information about the structure and function of cells, tissues and organs and for the dissemination of this knowledge through education and outreach. It is a member of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology and publishes the Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry.

Founded 50 years ago by Sara Miller McCune to support the dissemination of usable knowledge and educate a global community, SAGE publishes more than 850 journals and over 800 new books each year, spanning a wide range of subject areas. A growing selection of library products includes archives, data and video. SAGE remains majority owned by our founder and after her lifetime will become owned by a charitable trust that secures the company’s continued independence. Principal offices are located in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore and Washington DC.


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