U of M Dermatopathology

The dermatopathology service has approximately 27,000 accessions per year, including specimens from clinics and operating rooms at the University of Michigan, specimens from our MLabs outreach referral clients, outside consultative cases, direct immunofluorescence specimens, and Dermatopathology Research Molecular Laboratory.

The dermatopathology faculty is comprised of the following 8 board-certified dermatopathologists:

Rajiv M. Patel, MD

Dr. Patel is a Professor of Pathology and Dermatology at the University of Michigan. He received his M.D. degree from Flinders University School of Medicine in Adelaide, Australia. His faculty appointment at the University of Michigan followed residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology at the Cleveland Clinic, fellowships in surgical and soft tissue pathology at Emory University in Atlanta, a dermatopathology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, and nearly two years as a senior lecturer at the University of Western Australia in Crawley, Australia. Dr. Patel is the Director (Section Head) of Dermatopathology and the Director of the Bone & Soft Tissue Pathology Fellowship at the University of Michigan. He has established himself as a nationally and internationally recognized expert in dermatopathology and soft tissue pathology. He has authored or co-authored over 90 peer-reviewed publications, contributed 15 book chapters, and served as co-editor of a textbook entitled Soft Tissue Tumors of the Skin. He serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology and as an editorial board member for multiple journals including the American Journal of Surgical Pathology and Modern Pathology. He is a highly sought-after speaker with over 130 invited presentations and seminars, including 13 visiting professorships. Dr. Patel has received multiple awards recognizing his contributions, including several for his role as teacher and mentor.

Douglas R. Fullen, MD

Professor of Pathology and Dermatology, former Director of Dermatopathology Section, and former Director of Dermatopathology Fellowship. Dr. Fullen received his M.D. degree from Emory University in 1990. After an active duty stint in The United States Navy as a General Medical Officer serving in the 2nd Marine Division, he completed a residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the University of Michigan followed by a fellowship in dermatopathology at New York Hospital - Weill Cornell Medicine. He has been on faculty at the University of Michigan since 2000.

Dr. Fullen’s research interests include cutaneous neoplasms, molecular underpinnings of melanocytic tumors, and inflammatory diseases of the skin. He has authored or co-authored over 120 peer-reviewed papers, 90 abstracts, multiple textbook chapters, a "Handbook of Direct Immunofluorescence: A Pattern Approach to Skin and Mucosal Biopsies", and contributed to multiple entities in the recent 4th edition of the WHO Classification of Skin Tumours. He has served on multiple editorial boards and multiple committees of the American Society of Dermatopathology (ASDP), including former Chair of the Mentorship Committee and current Vice-Chair of the Ethics Committee.

Lori Lowe, MD

Professor of Pathology and Dermatology, Dr. Lowe was awarded the 2013 Walter Nickel Teaching Award by the American Society of Dermatopathology (ASDP).  This is an extremely competitive and highly prestigious award that reflects Lori’s recognition by her peers as a national and international leader who is a superb practitioner, clinician-scientist, and educator.

Aleodor A. Andea, MD, MBA

Professor of Pathology and Dermatology, Director of Dermatopathology Molecular Research Laboratory, Director of Dermatopathology Fellowship. He is board-certified in anatomic and clinical pathology and in dermatopathology. Dr. Andea is the author of over 40 peer-reviewed publications and over 100 abstracts, mainly in the field of dermatopathology. He is a member of the CAP Dermatopathology Anatomic Site-Specific Committee and of the CAP Surgical Pathology Committee and a member of the ASDP Finance Committee .

Alexandra C. Hristov, MD

Associate Professor of Pathology and Dermatology (board-certified in hematopathology) Dr. Hristov received her M.D. degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD in 2004. Dr. Hristov is a recipient of the Joseph C. Eggleston Research Award from John Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2007 for HMGA1/HMGA2 and COX-2 expression in Pancreatic Duct Carcinoma and Pathology Young Investigator Clinical Research Award in 2006.

May P. Chan, MD

Dr. May Chan obtained her medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and was a Howard Hughes Research Scholar in 2005-2006. She then received residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, followed by a Dermatopathology fellowship at Harvard. She joined the University of Michigan in 2011 and is currently an Associate Professor of Pathology and Dermatology, and the Director of Immunohistochemistry.
Dr. Chan serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology. Her research interests mainly lie in the areas of melanocytic proliferations and inflammatory skin diseases. She is the author/co-author of over 50 journal publications and the book, "Handbook of Direct Immunofluorescence: A Pattern-based Approach to Skin and Mucosal Biopsies".

Paul W. Harms, MD, PhD

Associate Professor in Pathology and Dermatology; Associate Director, Dermatopathology Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory; Co-Director, Rogel Cancer Center Tissue and Molecular Shared Resource.
After receiving his M.D. and Ph.D. at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dr. Harms came to the University of Michigan Health Systems (UMHS) for residency training in Anatomic Pathology. During his residency and subsequent Dermatopathology fellowship, he became interested in genomic and mechanistic studies of cutaneous malignancies. Upon completion of his fellowship in June 2012, he joined the faculty at Michigan Medicine with joint appointments in the Departments of Dermatology and Pathology. Dr. Harms is a recipient of the Dermatology Foundation 2013 Research Career Development Award.


Scott Bresler, MD, PhD

Dr. Scott Bresler received his undergraduate degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio in 2006 and his PhD and MD degrees from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2011 and 2013, respectively. This was followed by a residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, and Dermatopathology fellowship at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Bresler is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Dermatopathology. He joined the faculty of the Departments of Pathology and Dermatology at the University of Michigan in 2018. His research interests are mainly in the areas of inflammatory skin conditions, melanocytic lesions, and basal cell carcinoma.