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<span>Former chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Nordschow Professor of Laboratory Medicine, John N. Eble, MD, MBA, passed away at the age of 71 on Monday, August 21, 2023.</span>

Remembering former Pathology chair John N. Eble, MD

outdoor portrait of John Eble, MD with grass background

Former chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Nordschow Professor of Laboratory Medicine, John N. Eble, MD, MBA, passed away at the age of 71 on Monday, August 21, 2023.

Dr. Eble spent his entire academic career at Indiana University. After earning his undergraduate degree from IU, he completed his medical training at IU School of Medicine – graduating in 1976 with his MD and completing a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology. He later went on to earn his MBA from the Kelley School of Business in 1990. 

Joining the faculty in 1980 following his residency, Dr. Eble served as chief of laboratory services at the Roudebush VA Medical Center from 1982-2000. In 1999, he was named chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, a role he served in until 2022. 

Throughout his career, Dr. Eble represented the university on many societies and as editor of scientific publications. He served as editor-in-chief of the “Journal of Urologic Pathology” – the official journal of the International Society of Urologic Pathology. From 2000-2020, he was editor-in-chief of “Modern Pathology,” during which time submissions quadrupled – raising the publication’s impact factor significantly and elevating it to become one of the nation’s top pathology publications. He served three terms as treasurer and was president of the International Society of Urologic Pathology, from 2003-2005. He was the 34th recipient of the F.K. Mostofi Award of the U.S.C.A.P., and in 2001 he was made an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. 

Dr. Eble established the Indiana Pathology Endowment, a foundation created to support the field of pathology. Recognized worldwide for his contributions to pathology, it was here at IU School of Medicine that Dr. Eble’s passion for learning and fostering discovery truly thrived. Highly-regarded by his peers, Dr. Eble’s mentorship of others in the department and beyond was unmatched – an endless appetite for knowledge and eagerness to share information propelling the department to new heights. 

An avid foodie, Dr. Eble enjoyed exploring different styles of cuisine – particularly with his children and extended family during regular Sunday dinners.  

“John was not only an extraordinarily talented pathologist, but also a great colleague,” said Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, dean of IU School of Medicine. “He was a highly respected surgical pathologist, a mentor to countless pathologists, and a prolific writer and editor. As chair of the Department of Pathology for more than 20 years, John led the statewide integration of over a dozen IU Health pathology laboratories and set a high standard for success as a chair at IU School of Medicine. He will be greatly missed.”

Arrangements are pending and will be shared when available. 

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