Zubair W. Baloch, MD, PhD

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

Contact InformationDepartment of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street, Six Founders Pavilion
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283
Office: 215-662-3209
Fax: 215-349-8994


Specialty Division

Anatomic Pathology

Research Expertise

Molecular and immunopathology of thyroid neoplasia

Clinical Expertise

Endocrine Pathology (Cytology and Histopathology)

Other Expertise

ENT Pathology

Cytopathology Expertise

Pulmonary Cytopathology


(Matriculation), Model School, Hyderabad, Pakistan, 1975
(Intermediate), Model College, Hyderabad, Pakistan, 1977
MBBS Liaquat Medical College, Jamshoro Sind Pakistan, 1985
M.S. Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, 1988
Ph.D. Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, 1991

Specialty Certification

American Board of Pathology, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, 1995
American Board of Pathology, Subspecialty Certification in Cytopathology, 1997

Postgraduate Training

Resident in Pathology, Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA, 1991-1995
Chief Resident in Pathology, Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA, 1994-1995
Oncologic Surgical Pathology Fellow , Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, 1995-1996
Fellowship in Cytopathology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1996-1997

Awards and Honors

Best Graduate, Liaquat Medical College, Pakistan, 1984-1984
Deans List, Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, 1990-1991
Who's Who Among Graduate Students, 1991-1991
Sigma Xi, 1994-1994
Kevin Salhany Teaching Award. Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine. University of Pennsylvania Medical Center., 2009
Peter C Nowell Teaching Award. Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine. University of Pennsylvania Medical Center., 2010
US News Top Doctors, 2011-2018
Best Doctors in America, 2012-current
Mastership in Pathology. American Society of Clinical Pathology Award, 2014
Presidents Award of Service. American Society of Clinical Pathology., 2015
Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors, 2018-Current
Educator of The Year Award. Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology., 2018-2019
H.P. Smith Award for Distinguished Pathology Educator. American Society of Clinical Pathology., 2020
Simon Flexner Award for Graduate Education. Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine., 2021

Memberships and Professional Organizations

Philadelphia Pathology Society, 1991 - Present
American Society of Clinical Pathologists, 1995 - Present
United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, 1995 - Present
Endocrine Pathology Society, 1997 - Present
College of American Pathologist, 1997 - Present
American Society of Cytopathology, 1997 - Present
American Thyroid Association, 1997 - Present
American Association for Clinical Endocrinologist, 1997 - present
Arthur Prudy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologist, 1999 - present
Papanicolaou Society, 2002 - Present
Endocrine Society, 2009 - Present
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. Tissue Committee., 2010 - Present
Philadelphia Endocrine Society, 2010 - Present

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Selected Publications

Carcinoma Ex Pleomorphic Adenomas: An Institutional Experience and Literature Review

Tondi-Resta I, Hobday SB, Gubbiotti MA, Jalaly JB, Rassekh CH, Montone KT, Baloch ZW., Am J Clin Pathol 159(): 502-515, 2023, PMID:36921078

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Degenerative atypia in benign thyroid nodules: a potential diagnostic pitfall on fine-needle aspiration [Epub ahed of Print].

Lam, H. Saoud, C. Shi, Q. Wong, KS. Cibas, ES. Rooper, LM. Baloch, Z. Ali, SZ., J Am Soc Cytol, 2023

Unraveling the significance of TSHR mutations in indeterminate thyroid cytology specimens

Andrianus S, Gubbiotti MA, Mandel SJ, Nikiforov YE, Baloch Z., Diagn Cytopathol, 2023, PMID:37042127

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Does the presence of capsule influence prognosis in poorly differentiated thyroid carcinoma?

Gubbiotti MA, Andrianus S, Sakhi R, Zhang Q, Montone K, Jalaly JB, Baloch Z., Hum Pathol 136(): 96-104, 2023, PMID:37054782

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Molecular Profiling of 50,734 Bethesda III-VI Thyroid Nodules by ThyroSeq v3: Implications for Personalized Management

Chiosea S, Hodak SP, Yip L, Abraham D, Baldwin C, Baloch Z, Gulec SA, Hannoush ZC, Haugen BR, Joseph L, Kargi AY, Khanafshar E, Livhits MJ, McIver B, Patel K, Patel SG, Randolph GW, Shaha AR, Sharma J, Stathatos N, van Zante A, Carty SE, Nikiforov YE, Nikiforova MN., J Clin Endocrinol Metab, 2023, PMID:37071871

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DICER1 RNase IIIb domain mutations trigger widespread miRNA dysregulation and MAPK activation in pediatric thyroid cancer

Ricarte-Filho JC, Casado-Medrano V, Reichenberger E, Spangler Z, Scheerer M, Isaza A, Baran J, Patel T, MacFarland SP, Brodeur GM, Stewart DR, Baloch Z, Bauer AJ, Wasserman JD, Franco AT., Front Endocrinol (Lausanne) 14(): 1083382, 2023, PMID:36896180

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Making a case for the success of Milan system for reporting salivary gland cytopathology

Gubbiotti MA, Jalaly J, Baloch Z., Diagn Cytopathol 50(9): 451-455, 2022, PMID:35801712

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Indeterminate Thyroid Fine-Needle Aspirations in Pediatrics: Exploring the Clinicopathologic Features and Utility of Molecular Profiling

Baran JA, Halada S, Bauer AJ, Ricarte-Filho JC, Isaza A, Surrey LF, McGrath C, Bhatti T, Jalaly J, Mostoufi-Moab S, Franco AT, Adzick NS, Kazahaya K, Cahill AM, Baloch Z., Horm Res Paediatr, 2022, PMID:35871517

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