Richard L. HaspelMD, PhD
Dr. Haspel received his Bachelor of Science degree from Stanford University in 1992. As part of an NIH-funded Medical Scientist Training Program, he received a PhD in Molecular Cell Biology from Rockefeller University in 1999 and an MD from Cornell University in 2000. Following medical school, he completed an internship in medicine and a residency in Clinical Pathology at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He received his fellowship training in transfusion medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is currently a faculty member of the Pathology Department at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is medical director of the stem cell processing laboratory and an Assistant Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Haspel is involved in medical education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and is interested in new approaches to integrate pathology into the training of medical students and non-pathologist physicians. Through his work, the third year longitudinal curriculum at BIDMC now includes pathologist involvement in case conferences, lectures, and a longitudinal elective. He is a tutor for the Clinical Epidemiology and Immunology, Microbiology and Pathology courses for first year medical students and is a member of the Harvard Medical School Course and Clerkship Evaluation and Review Committee. He regularly gives lectures in transfusion medicine for Beth Israel Deaconess residents and fellows in a variety of specialties. In 2013, Dr. Haspel was named Director of the Pathology Residency Training Program at BIDMC. Through a grant from the Shapiro Institute, he has also investigated how embedding a pathology resident on cardiac care rounds will improve patient care. In addition, he is the lead investigator on an international study to evaluate internal medicine resident transfusion knowledge using a validated survey and exam.
As a Rabkin Fellow, Dr. Haspel focused on designing a Clinical Pathology (CP) curriculum for medical students and he is currently the pathology coordinator for the Principal Clinical Experience at Beth Israel Deaconess. His work on the CP student curriculum has been published and he is also first author of a manuscript describing and evaluating a curriculum in evidence-based transfusion medicine. He is also the chair of a national committee creating a curriculum in genomics for pathology residents. In 2012, he received a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to facilitate the work of this committee.