Dana J. Balitzer, MD

Dana J. Balitzer, MD

Assistant Professor
Specialty Areas
Surgical Pathology
Gastrointestinal Pathology
Liver Pathology

505 Parnassus Avenue, Room M-580
San Francisco, CA 94143
United States

Hospital Affiliations
UCSF Parnassus Heights
Research and Clinical Interests

I am interested in general surgical pathology and subspecialty gastrointestinal/liver pathology. My research has evaluated diagnostic criteria of medical liver pathology, with a focus on disease recurrence in the post-transplant liver, including studies to distinguish recurrent autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) from plasma cell hepatitis and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. 

Selected Publications
  • Thomas JL, Dumouchel J, Li J, Magat J, Balitzer D, Bigby TD. Endotracheal intubation in mice via direct laryngoscopy using an otoscope. J Vis Exp. 2014 Apr 05; (86). PMID: 24747695. PMCID: PMC4162455
  • Balitzer D, McCalmont TH, Horvai AE. Adipocyte-Like Differentiation in a Posttreatment Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma. Case Rep Pathol. 2015; 2015:406739. PMID: 26783483. PMCID: PMC4689918
  • Balitzer D, Shafizadeh N, Peters MG, Ferrell LD, Alshak N, Kakar S. Autoimmune hepatitis: review of histologic features included in the simplified criteria proposed by the international autoimmune hepatitis group and proposal for new histologic criteria. Mod Pathol. 2017 05; 30(5):773-783. PMID: 28106105
  • Sirohi D, Smith SC, Epstein JI, Balzer BL, Simko JP, Balitzer D, Benhamida J, Kryvenko ON, Gupta NS, Paluru S, da Cunha IW, Leal DN, Williamson SR, de Peralta-Venturina M, Amin MB. Pericytic tumors of the kidney-a clinicopathologic analysis of 17 cases. Hum Pathol. 2017 06; 64:106-117. PMID: 28438616
  • Kushner T, Shinkai K, Fox L, Ying D, Gross A, Balitzer D, Gill R, Brandman D. New presentation of autoimmune hepatitis with erythema multiforme. Hepatology. 2018 04; 67(4):1628-1630. PMID: 29059460
  • Balitzer D, Joseph NM, Ferrell L, Shafizadeh N, Jain D, Zhang X, Yeh M, di Tommaso L, Kakar S. Immunohistochemical and molecular features of cholangiolocellular carcinoma are similar to well-differentiated intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma. Mod Pathol. 2019 Jun 11. PMID: 31186529
  • Sarkar M, Terrault N, Chan W, Cedars MI, Huddleston HG, Duwaerts CC, Balitzer D, Gill RM. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is associated with NASH severity and advanced fibrosis. Liver Int. 2019 Oct 18. PMID: 31627243. PMCID: PMC6980925
  • Selvig D, Piceno Y, Terdiman J, Zydek M, Umetsu SE, Balitzer D, Fadrosh D, Lynch K, Lamere B, Leith T, Kassam Z, Beck K, Lewin S, Ma A, Somsouk M, Lynch SV, El-Nachef N. Fecal Microbiota Transplantation in Pouchitis: Clinical, Endoscopic, Histologic, and Microbiota Results from a Pilot Study. Dig Dis Sci. 2019 Jul 13. PMID: 31302808
  • 2008    Honors for Undergraduate Biology Thesis, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • 2008    Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • 2008    Summa Cum Laude, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • 2011    Howard-Hughes Medical Fellowship Award, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA
  • 2015    Hans Popper Society, 2nd runner up for Trainee Award, USCAP
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