Title: Pathologist, Educator
Company: Good Samaritan Hospital
Location: Carmel, California, United States
William Kern, Pathologist and Educator at Good Samaritan Hospital, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medical education.
Passionate about helping others, Dr. Kern has dedicated himself to the field of medical education, specializing in surgical pathology and cancers of the lung, breast and urinary tract. Prior to his retirement in 1994, he has held numerous noteworthy positions, spending much of his time with the Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles. He has been chairman of the medical staff, a trustee of the institution and the director of the department of pathology, forming fantastic relationships with his co-workers and patients. Prior to these roles, he has served as captain of the US Army Medical Corps from 1956 to 1958. In preparation for his illustrious career, he earned a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Munich in Germany in 1952. Dr. Kern has been licensed to practice medicine in the states of California and Ohio and has received certification in anatomic and clinical pathology as well as cytopathology from the American Board of Pathology.
Stricken with a ruptured appendix at age 13, Dr. Kern remained in the hospital for over a month, recovering from his operation under doctors’ expert watch. Observing the excellent medical care he received during this time, he desired to practice medicine and become a physician. For Dr. Kern, medicine has become his mission and profession, loving the interesting challenges present in his career and delighting in conducting research which has contributed to the field of cancer pathology. He has contributed more than 100 articles to medical journals and has written multiple chapters for medical textbooks. He has taught at both medical schools and various medical societies, conducting at least 50 workshops. Greatly appreciated the privilege of sharing his expertise with others, Dr. Kern attributes his success to his mentors, Dr. James McNod, a professor of pathology at the University of Colorado, as well as Dr. George McGora.
Committed to the field of medicine, Dr. Kern has held membership with numerous organizations. He has served as the president for the American Society of Cytopathology from 1980 to 1981, the Los Angeles Academy of Medicine from 1980 to 1981, the Saddle and Sirloin Club in 1970 and the Los Angeles Society of Pathologists. He has served on the board of directors as well as the vice chairman for the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Red Cross from 1983 to 1986. Recognized for his success, he has been presented with the Papanicolaou Award from the American Society of Cytopathology in 1987 and has received grants to conduct cancer research from 1963 to 1970. He has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in the West and has been awarded The Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Kern has pursued interests related to his career, enjoying membership with the Jonathan Club with the Rancheros Visitadores. His hobbies include studying history and literature as well as skiing, horses and travel. Dr. Kern enjoys his wife Lynn Williams and their two children, Julie Lynn Schwerdtfeger and Lisa Kern Griffin, whom have given the couple five grandchildren.
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