PEOPLE

Virginia A. LiVolsi, MD

Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Professor of Surgical Pathology in Surgery
Professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Contact InformationAnatomic Pathology Division
Founders Pavilion, Room 6.039
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215/662-6544
Fax: 215/349-5910

Email: LINUS@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Specialty Division

Anatomic Pathology

Research Expertise

thyroid neoplasms pathogenesis

Clinical Expertise

thyroid, parathyroid pathology
gynecological pathology
head and neck pathology/salivary glands

Education

B.S. (Chemistry, Cum Laude), College of Mount Saint Vincent, New York, NY , 1965
M.D. (Medicine), Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY, 1969

Specialty Certification

Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1970
American Board of Pathology - Anatomic Pathology, 1974
American Board of Pathology, 2014

Postgraduate Training

Intern in Pathology, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY, 1969-1970
National Cancer Institute Traineeship in Surgical Pathology, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY, 1970-1974
Chief Resident in Pathology, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY, 1973-1974

Awards and Honors

Bachelor of Science cum laude (Chemistry), College of Mount Saint Vincent, New York, NY, 1965-1965
Master of Arts honoris causa, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1983-1983
Medal of Honor, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, 1992-1992
Merit Award, Am. Society of Clinical Pathologists, 1995-1995
American Society of Clinical Pathologists Distinguished Service Award, 1995-1995
Scanno Prize in Medicine (recognition for research in thyroid disease diagnosis), Scanno, Italy, 1997-1997
Mostofi Award for service US Canadian Academy of Pathology, 2001-2001
Best Doctors in America listing, 2005-2013
Master Pathologist American Society of Clinical Pathologists, 2007-2007
James E. Wheeler, M.D. Award for Teaching, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, 2008
Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists
President's Medal, 2009
Philadelphia Magazine Best Docs, 2010
Harvey Goldman Teaching Award Of The United States Canadian Academy Of Pathology, 2012
U.S. News and World Report "Top Doctors", 2015
2019 Annual Mario A. Luna Lecture Award-MD Anderson (Houston, Texas), 2019-2019

Memberships and Professional Organizations

American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1974 - 2021
New York Academy of Medicine, 1974 - 2021
United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (formerly International Academy of Pathology), 1975 - 2021
American Thyroid Association, 1975 - Present
Surgical Case Review Committee (formerly Tissue Committee) of the Medical Board, HUP, 1983 - 2021
College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 1984 - Present
CCE Educational Materials Advisory Committee (Check Path)- Review Panel, Anatomic Pathology Workshop, 1987, 1987 - 1995
Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists, 1987-1993, 1987 - 2021
Pathology Society of Philadelphia, 1988 - 1990
Pathology Society of Philadelphia, 1988-1990, 1988 - 2021
Benjamin Castleman Award Committee, 1988 - 1991
Task Force in Quality Assurance in Surgical Pathology, Association of Directors of Anatomic/Surgical Pathology, 1989, 1989 - 1992
Postmenopausal Estrogen/ Progestin Interventions Trial. National Institutes of Health, Consultant., 1989 - 1991
Association of Directors of Anatomic/Surgical Pathology, 1989, 1989 - 2021
American Society of Clinical PAthologists
Anatomic PAthology workshop subcommittee,, 1989 - 1991
Pathology Society of Philadelphia, 1990 - 1992
Resources in Anatomic Pathology Committee, Association of Directors of Anatomic/Surgical Pathology, 1990-present, 1990 - 1994
Endocrine Society, 1990 - 2021
Diagnostic and therapeutic Technology Assessment program, Consultant, American Medical Association., 1991 - 1992
College of American Pathologists, 1991, 1991 - Present
Consultant/ Membership in Professional and scientific Committees:
Cooperative Network for Molecular Genetic and Cytogenetic Studies of Prostate Cancer. National Institutes of Health, Special Emphasis Panel, 1991 - Present
American Association Of Clinical Endocrinologists, 1992 - Present
Pathology Society of Philadelphia, 1992 - 1994
Thyroid/ Iodine-131
Assesments Committee. National Cancer Institute, April 30, 1992 - 1993
Endocrine Pathology Society, 1993-1994, 1993 - 1994
American Association for Bone and Mineral Research, 1993, 1993 - 1995
United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Diagnostic Pathology Update Course, 1994-2000, 1994 - 2000
Pathology Society of Philadelphia, 1994 - 1996
Pennsylvania Association of Pathologists, 1995 - 2021
national action Plan on Breast Cancer: Biological Resources Bank Working Group, 1995- present., 1995 - Present
Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists, 1995-1997,, 1995 - 1997
Association of Directors of Anatomic/Surgical Pathology, 1995-1997, 1995 - 1997
Endocrine Pathology Society, 1995-1996, 1995 - 1996
Thyroid Foundation of America, 1995 - 2005
International Society Of Biological And Environmental Resources (ISBER), 1995 - Present
Association of Directors of Anatomic/Surgical Pathology, 1996-1998, 1996 - 1998
International Panel on Thyroid Pathology after Chernobyl
Chair 2004-2008, 1998 - 2008
Association of Clinical Scientists, 1998, 1998 - 2019
International Pathology Panel on Radiation Associated Thyroid Tumors after Chernobyl, 1998, 1998 - 2021
Pathology Panel Chernobyl Tissue Bank, 1998 - Present
American Thyroid Association, Laboratory Committee, 1998-present, 1998 - 2002
American Thyroid Association, Membership Committee, 1999-present, 1999 - 2002
Subcommittee on Patient Safety Issues in Pathology, Anatomic Pathology Workshop, 2000-present, 2000 - 2010
Pathology Writers Guild, Nominating Committee, 2000 - 2004
Pathology Writers Guild, 1997-2004, 2000 - 2004
NCI Committee on Testing of Informed Consent Document for Human Tissue Research, 2000, 2000 - 2004
United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Publications Committee, 1986-1994 & 2001-present, 2001 - 2006
American Thyroid Association Awards Committee, 2009 - 2010
American Thyroid Association Lab Services Committee, Chair, 2019 - 2021
American Thyroid Association, Membership Committee, 1997-1998, - Present
American Thyroid Association, Education Committee, 1998-2000, - Present
Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists, Program Committee, 1985-1986, - Present
Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists, 1997-1999, - Present
College of American Pathologists, Surgical Pathology Committee, 1994-2001, - Present
College of American Pathologists, Panel to review SNOMED code update, 2000-2005, - Present
Endocrine Pathology Society, 1991-present, - Present
Endocrine Pathology Society, Membership Committee, 1991-1994,, - Present
New Fixation Methods for Tissue: Usefulness for Molecular Studies, 1998, - Present
NIH Committee on Best Practices in Confidentiality in Research, 1999, - Present
Women in Endocrinology, 1989-present, - Present
College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 1984-present, - Present
Pathology Society of Philadelphia, 1994-1996, - Present
CCE QA Expert Review Panel, Anatomic Pathology Workshop, 1991-1998, - Present
Commission on Continuing Education, Council on Anatomic Pathology, American Society of Clinical Pathologists, 1983-1991, - Present
Abstract Review Subcommittee for Anatomic Pathology of National Meetings Activities Committee, American Society of Clinical Pathologists, 1991-present, - Present
Practice Parameters Committee, American Society of Clinical Pathologists, 1993-1996, - Present
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, 1992, - Present
Executive Committee, Association of Directors of Anatomic/Surgical Pathology, 1990-1994, - Present
Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology, 1993-present, - Present
Commission on Health Effects of Nuclear Fallout of Radioiodine. National Academy of Medicine Disease, Institute of Medicine, 1998., - Present
Tissue Banking, Informed Consent and Institutional Review Boards, NIH Conference, 1997, - Present
Thyroid/Iodine-131 Assessments Committee, National Cancer Institute, 1992-1993, - Present
National Cancer Institute, Specialized Programs for Research Excellence in Breast Cancer, Review Committee, 1992, - Present
National Institutes of Health, Postmenopausal Estrogen/Progestin Interventions Trial, 1989-1991, - Present
John Morgan Society, elected 1990
Pathology Society of Philadelphia
Pennsylavania Association of Pathologists, - Present
Cooperative Network for Molecular Genetic and Cytogenetic Studies of Prostate Cancer, National Institutes of Health, Special Emphasis Panel, 1991, - Present
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technology Assessment Program, American Medical Association, 1991-1992, - Present
Tissue Banking, Informed Consent and Institutional Review Boards, NIH Conference June 2,1997, - Present

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Selected Publications

The role of calretinin, inhibin melan-A, BCL 2 and c-kit in differentiating adrenal cortical and medullary tumors: an immunohistochemical study.

Zhang PJ Genega EM Tomaszewski JE Pasha T and LiVolsi VA., Mod Pathol 16: 591-597, 2003. 16(): 591-597, 2003

Peroxisome proliferative activated Receptor gamma expression in follicular-patterned thyroid lesions. Caveats for the use of immunohistochemical studies.

Gustafson KS, LiVolsi VA, Furth EE, Pasha TL, Putt ME, Baloch ZW, Am J Clin Pathol 120(): 175-181, 2003

Carcinoma showing thymus like element of the thyroid

Nassar A, Saqi A Baloch ZW LiVolsi VA, Acta Cytol 47(2): 313-315, 2003

A rapidly enlarging thyroid

Soma L, Bobzien B, Guerin C LiVolsi VA, Arch Pathol Lab Med 127(5): e253-254, 2003

A novel microdissection and genotyping of follicular derived thyroid tumors to predict aggressiveness

Hunt JL LiVolsi VA Baloch ZW Swalsky PA Bakker A Sasatomi E Finkelstein S Barnes L, Human Pathol 34(4): 375-380, 2003

Corticomedullary mixed tumor of the afrenal gland with concurrent adrenal myelolipoma

Chu AY LiVolsi VA Fraker DL Zhang PJ, Arch Pathol Lab Med 127(8): e329-332, 2003

An incidental finding in the fallopian tube, tubal ligation: metaplastic papillary tumor of fallopian tube

Solomon AC Chen PJ LiVolsi VA, Arch Pathol Lab Med 127(8): e363-364, 2003

Role of repeat fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) in the management of thyroid nodules

Baloch ZW LiVolsi VA Jain P Jain B Aljada I Mandel S Langer J Gupta PK, Diagn Cytopathol 29(4): 203-206, 2003

c-Met expression in tall cell variant papillary carcinoma of the thyroid

Nardone HC Ziober AF LiVolsi VA Mandel S Baloch ZW Weber RS Mick R Ziober BL, Cancer 98(7): 1386-1393, 2003, PMID:14508824

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