Liron Pantanowitz, MBBCh named new Director of Anatomic Pathology

By Jeffrey Myers | July 6 2020

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Liron Pantanowitz, our new Director of Anatomic Pathology, effective July 1, 2020.  Dr. Pantanowitz was selected by a cross-functional search committee chaired by Dr. Charles (“Chuck”) Parkos, Carl V. Weller Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology.  The search was highly competitive and generated interest from a national pool of the very best and brightest in our field.

Dr. Pantanowitz joins us from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where he was appointed professor of pathology with a secondary appointment as a professor of bioinformatics.  He served as vice-chair for pathology informatics, director of pathology informatics and program director of the pathology informatics fellowship, and director of cytopathology.

Liron earned his medical degree at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa which was followed by post-graduate training in a 1-year rotating internship, short stints in otorhinolaryngology, and infectious diseases, and ultimately pathology.  He completed his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, in Boston followed by fellowships in hematopathology and cytopathology.  Along the way, he earned a Masters of Health Administration at Ohio University.

Over his extraordinary 15+ years at Tufts University School of Medicine, the University of Massachusetts, Baystate Medical Center, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, he achieved regional, national and international recognition as a leader in our field.  His track record of success includes 447 peer-reviewed publications, according to  In addition, he has authored or co-authored about one hundred book chapters and authored or edited nearly a dozen textbooks.  He has given over 200 invited presentations to national and international audiences that span the globe.  As a leader in informatics with a particular interest in digital pathology, he spearheaded landmark clinical guidelines for promoting the adoption of digital pathology and developing a pathology informatics curriculum.  He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Pathology Informatics.  And in addition to all of that, he prides himself on being a practicing general and subspecialized surgical and cytopathologist with special interest and expertise in bone and soft tissue pathology.  Throughout his career, he has linked his skills as a diagnostic pathologist to a lifetime commitment to educating others.

It is hard to imagine a better qualified or more committed successor to a long string of AP Directors dedicated to the excellence that sets our department apart from all others.  He will be supported by Beth Minors who has years of experience in supporting the needs of not only our AP Director but also our trainees, staff, faculty, and customers.  Please join us in welcoming Dr. Pantanowitz to our team!