Danielle Fortuna, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Associate Director, Surgical Pathology
Clinical Director, Histology and Gross Lab Education and Operations
Co-Director, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Wellness Committee

Contact InformationHospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
6 Founders Pavilion
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tel: 215-615-1637
Fax: 215-349-5910

Specialty Division

Anatomic Pathology


BA (Mathematics), Holy Family University, 2008
MD (Medicine), Jefferson Medical College, 2013

Specialty Certification

Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, American Board of Pathology, 2017

Postgraduate Training

Resident, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, 2013-17
Fellow, Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Pathology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2017-18

Awards and Honors

Hobart Armory Hare Medical Honor Society, Jefferson Medical College, 2011
George McClellan Surgical Honor Society, Jefferson Medical College, 2011
Cum Laude, Jefferson Medical College, 2013
Distinguished Abstract Award, AACC’s National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry, 2016
Distinguished Scholar Award, Department of Pathology, Anatomy, and Cell Biology, Thomas Jefferson University, 2017
Excellence in Teaching Award, Anatomic & Clinical Pathology Residency Program, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, 2017
James Wheeler, MD Award for Excellence in Anatomic Pathology Residency Training, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Penn Medicine, 2020
McCabe Pilot Award, 2020
Kevin E. Salhany, MD Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Penn Medicine, 2021
Peter C. Nowell Teaching Award, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Penn Medicine, 2022
James Wheeler, MD Award for Excellence in Anatomic Pathology Residency Training, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Penn Medicine, 2023

Memberships and Professional Organizations

Pathology Society of Philadelphia, 2007-present
-------- Executive Committee Program Coordinator, 2021-23
-------- Vice President, 2023-present
Perelman School of Medicine Course Director/Course Representative Committee, 2019-present
Perelman School of Medicine Curriculum Committee, 2019-present
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Pathology Trainee Teaching Track (PT3), Co-Chair/Co-Director, 2021-present
National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), USMLE Step 1 Standard Setting Panel, 2021
United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP), Abstract Review Board (Education Category), 2021-24
American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), 2022-present
-------- Commission on Continuing Professional Development (CCPD), 2022-present
-------- Resident In-Service Examination (RISE) Committee, 2023
Drexel University, Master of Science in Pathologists' Assistant (PathA) Program, Adjunct Faculty/Pathology Course Director, 2023-present

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Selected Publications

Virtual biopsies: Proof of concept for a novel quantitative approach to liver biopsy adequacy and pathology education

Sweeney JR, Arenas DJ, Fortuna D, Tondon R, Furth EE. Am J Clin Pathol 161(1):24-34, Jan 2024. doi: 10.1093/ajcp/aqad104. PMID: 37598345.

Cutaneous metastatic gastric carcinoma with plasmacytoid features: A novel histopathologic pitfall in the diagnosis of primary cutaneous plasmacytoma

Abbott JJ, Jiang AJ, Rauck C, Frank DM, Fortuna D, Kersh A, Rubin AI. J Cutan Pathol 50(1):8-11, Jan 2023. doi: 10.1111/cup.14269. Epub 2022 Jun 27. PMID: 35759346.

Where LI-RADS Falls Short: Two Cases of Image-diagnosed HCC, Found to Be NET on Explant

Perkons NR, Metz DC, Siegelman ES, Yang Z, Collingwood R, Fortuna D, Pryma DA, Abt P, Hoteit MA. Transplantation 106(7):e350-e351, Jul 2022. doi: 10.1097/TP.0000000000004115. Epub 2022 Jun 17. PMID: 35731153. 

Are you ready to play Pathology Pyramid? An exploration of an alternative method of learning through gaming in pathology resident education

Attaway CC, Mani MM, Fortuna D. Acad Pathol 9(1):100033, Apr 2022. doi: 10.1016/j.acpath.2022.100033. PMID: 35510162; PMCID: PMC9059548.

The Gross-to-Scope Program for Gross Room Personnel: An Innovative Initiative for Providing Case Follow-Up and Education to "Close the Pathology Loop"

Imblum B, Stern E, Fortuna D. Acad Pathol 8:2374289521990781, Feb 2021. doi: 10.1177/2374289521990781. PMID: 33644300; PMCID: PMC7894578.

Helicobacter pylori Antigen But Not the Organism Is Occasionally Present Within Germinal Centers: Implications for Patient Management and Biology

Nelson ND, Tondon R, Fortuna D, Westerhoff M, Swanson PE, Furth E. Am J Surg Pathol 44(11):1528-1534, Nov 2020. doi: 10.1097/PAS.0000000000001542. PMID: 32657781.

Multifocal Intramucosal Gastric Adenocarcinoma Arising in Fundic Gland Polyposis Due to Gastric Adenocarcinoma and Proximal Polyposis of the Stomach

Powers J, Sande CM, Fortuna D, Katona BW. Am J Gastroenterol 116(1):9, Jan 2021. doi: 10.14309/ajg.0000000000000625. PMID: 32453049.

Ligation-assisted endoscopic mucosal resection for esophageal granular cell tumors is safe and effective

Kumar S, Chandrasekhara V, Kochman ML, Ahmad N, Attalla S, Ho IK, Jaffe DL, Lee PJ, Panganamamula KV, Saumoy M, Fortuna D, Ginsberg GG. Dis Esophagus 33(8):doaa027, Aug 2020. doi: 10.1093/dote/doaa027. PMID: 32448896; PMCID: PMC7397483.

Potential role of CSF cytokine profiles in discriminating infectious from non-infectious CNS disorders

Fortuna D, Hooper DC, Roberts AL, Harshyne LA, Nagurney M, Curtis MT. PLoS One 13(10):e0205501, Oct 2018. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0205501. PMID: 30379898; PMCID: PMC6209186.

Anticoagulation in atrial fibrillation with factor X deficiency-A management dilemma

Tan JL, Loh KP, Fortuna D, Ghaneie A. Clin Case Rep 6(9):1781-1785, Jul 2018. doi: 10.1002/ccr3.1731. PMID: 30214763; PMCID: PMC6132141.