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Leslie A. Litzky, MD

Leslie A. Litzky, MD Physician

Director, Section of Medical Pathology
Interim Director of Surgical Pathology
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Litzky is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties


  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Programs & Services:

  • Lung
    • Mesothelioma & Pleural Disease
  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
    • Anatomic Pathology

Board Certification:

  • Pathology - Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, 1992

Conditions & Treatments:

  • lung pathology

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Care
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: George Washington University
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: George Washington University Medical Center


American Society of Clinical Pathologists, National American Thoracic Society, National International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, International Pathology Society of Philadelphia, Local Pennsylvania Medical Society, Local Pennsylvania Thoracic Society, Local Pulmonary Pathology Society, National United States/Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP), National


Dr. Litzky is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Katzenstein A-LA, Zisman DA, Litzky LA, Nguyen BT, Kotloff RM.: Usual and non-specific interstitial pneumonia. Pathologic appraisal using biopsy and explant specimens. Am J Surg Pathol 12 : 1567-1577,2002.

Narula N, Tomaszewski JE, Furth EE, Genega EM, Khurana JS, Gracely E, Litzky LA, McGrath CM, Nasuti JE, Zhang PJ, Fyfe B, Narula N: Differentiating moderate cardiac allograft rejection from Quilty effect: likelihood of serious errors versus overdiagnosis. Presented at United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) : 2002.

McHale T, Litzky LA, Pasha TL, Liang H, Zhang PJ.: Immunohistochemical detection of c-kit in neuroendocrine tumors of the lung. Presented at United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) : 2002.

Lambright ES, Amin K, Force SD, Lanuti M, Wiewrodt R, Propert KJ, Litzky L, Kaiser LR, Albelda SM: Inclusion of the Herpes Simplex Thymidine Kinase Gene in a Replicating Adenovirus does not augment anti-tumor efficacy Human Gene Therapy 8 : 946-953,2001.

Grippi MA, Manaker S, Litzky LA (eds): Pulmonary Science and Medicine, first edition : 2000.

Sterman DH, Molnar-Kimber K, Iyengar T, Chang M, Lanuti M, Amin KM, Pierce BK, Kang E, Treat J, Recio A, Litzky L, Wilson JM, Kaiser LR, Albelda SM.: A pilot study of systemic corticosteroid administration in conjunction with intrapleural adenoviral vector administration in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. Cancer Gene Ther 7 : 1511-8,2000.

Christie J., Bavaria JE., Palevsky HI., Litzky L., Blumenthal NP., Kaiser LR., Kotloff RM.: Primary graft failure following lung transplantation. Chest 114 (1): 51-60,1998.

Sterman DH., Treat J., Litzky LA., Amin KM., Coonrod L., Molnar-Kimber K., Recio A., Knox L., Wilson JM., Albelda SM., Kaiser LR.: Adenovirus-mediated herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase/ganciclovir gene therapy in patients with localized malignancy: results of a phase I clinical trial in malignant mesothelioma Human Gene Therapy 9 (7): 1083-92,1998.

Wistuba II., Behrens C., Milchgrub S., Virmani AK., Jagirdar J., Thomas B., Ioachim HL., Litzky LA., Brambilla EM., Minna JD., Gazdar AF.: Comparison of molecular changes in lung cancers in HIV-positive and HIV-indeterminate subjects JAMA 279 (19): 1554-9,1998.

Sterman DH, Litzky LA, Albelda SM: Malignant Mesothelioma and Other Primary Pleural Tumors Pulmonary Diseases and Disorders, third edition : 1998.

Academic Contact Info

Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
6 Founders Building
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-3215
Fax: (215) 349-5984

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