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Liron Pantanowitz, MD, PhD, MHA

  • Chair of the Department of Pathology, Maud L. Menten Professor of Pathology

Dr. Liron Pantanowitz is the Maud Menten Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology at UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh. He received his BScHons, Medical Degree, and PhD from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. He subsequently completed his anatomical and clinical pathology residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard in Boston. He then completed a hematopathology fellowship at Harvard and Cytopathology fellowship at Baystate Medical Center, Tufts University. He is board certified by the American Board of Pathology in AP/CP, Cytopathology and Clinical Informatics. Dr. Pantanowitz has also completed his MHA from Ohio University.

Dr. Pantanowitz is a pioneer in the field of pathology informatics. He has dedicated over two decades to working in this innovative field. His interest is specifically focused on advancing Digital Pathology and Computational Pathology. He cofounded the Journal of Pathology Informatics, published several leading textbooks in this field, and helped establish the Pathology Informatics Essential for Residents (PIER) curriculum. He served as the president of the Association for Pathology Informatics (API) and president of the Digital Pathology Association (DPA). He was also instrumental in publishing many white papers and guidelines related to whole slide imaging validation, telepathology, quantitative image analysis, machine learning, computational pathology, and academic-industry partnership.

Dr. Pantanowitz is a practicing cytopathologist who is well-known in his field around the world. He has served as the president of the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC). He has also written several cytology textbooks and contributed to hundreds of cytology articles published in the peer reviewed literature. He is a member of the editorial board for JASC, Cancer Cytopathology, Diagnostic Cytopathology, Acta Cytologica, Cytojournal and Cytopathology.

Dr. Pantanowitz’ research interests include pathology informatics (specifically digital pathology and artificial intelligence) and non-gynecological cytopathology. He is an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pathology Informatics, serves on the editorial board for 9 other reputable pathology journals, and peer reviews ad hoc for other journals. He has published 17 textbooks, written 126 book chapters, and contributed to over 500 abstracts presented at scientific meetings. He has been invited to give over 400 talks, courses and workshops worldwide. He is a proponent for entrepreneurial activity and has participated in many industry sponsored research projects, two spinoff companies, holds 4 patents, and is an inventor of digital pathology medical devices.