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Virginia A. LiVolsi, MD

Virginia A. LiVolsi, MD Physician

Director, Office of Strategic Initiatives and Quality Improvement, Anatomic Pathology
Professor of Otorhinolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Dr. LiVolsi is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

About Dr. V LiVolsi

Recognized annually in Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs issue from 2005 and 2009 - 2015

Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012-14

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2005-2006, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012, 2013-2014

Clinical Specialties

Specialties:

  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Programs & Services:

  • Cancer
    • Jordan Center for Gynecologic Cancers
    • Merkel Cell Carcinoma
    • Oropharyngeal Cancer
    • Pituitary Cancer
    • Skin Cancer
    • Thymus Cancer
  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
    • Anatomic Pathology

Board Certification:

  • Pathology - Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, 1974

Conditions & Treatments:

  • Cancer Screening and Diagnostics
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Mouth Cancer
  • Nasal Cancer
  • Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
  • Oral Cancer
  • Oropharyngeal Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Sinus Cancer
  • Skin Cancer
  • Throat Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Vaginal Cancer
  • Vulvar Cancer

Clinical Interests

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

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: Columbia University
Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

Memberships

Abstract Review Subcommittee for Anatomic Pathology of National Meetings Activities Committee, American Society of Clinical Pathologists, 1991-present, American Association for Bone and Mineral Research, 1993, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, 1992, American Association Of Clinical Endocrinologists, National American Federation for Clinical Research, American Roentgen Ray Society, 2000-present, American Society of Epidemiology, American Thyroid Association Awards Committee, National American Thyroid Association, Education Committee, 1998-2000, American Thyroid Association, Membership Committee, 1997-1998, American Thyroid Association, National Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists, 1986-1987, Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists, 1987-1993, Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists, 1995-1997,, Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists, 1997-1999, Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists, Program Committee, 1985-1986, Association of Clinical Scientists, 1998, Association of Directors of Anatomic/Surgical Pathology, 1989, Association of Directors of Anatomic/Surgical Pathology, 1995-1997, Association of Directors of Anatomic/Surgical Pathology, 1996-1998, Benjamin Castleman Award Committee, 1988-1991, CCE Educational Materials Advisory Committee (Check Path)- Review Panel, Anatomic Pathology Workshop, 1987, CCE QA Expert Review Panel, Anatomic Pathology Workshop, 1991-1998, College of American Pathologists, 1991, College of American Pathologists, Panel to review SNOMED code update, 2000-2005, International College of American Pathologists, Surgical Pathology Committee, 1994-2001, College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 1984-present, College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Local Commission on Continuing Education, Council on Anatomic Pathology, American Society of Clinical Pathologists, 1983-1991, Commission on Health Effects of Nuclear Fallout of Radioiodine, National Academy of Medicine Disease, Institute of Medicine, 1998, Commission on Health Effects of Nuclear Fallout of Radioiodine. National Academy of Medicine Disease, Institute of Medicine, 1998., Local 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, Local Cooperative Network for Molecular Genetic and Cytogenetic Studies of Prostate Cancer, National Institutes of Health, Special Emphasis Panel, 1991, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technology Assessment Program, American Medical Association, 1991-1992, Endocrine Pathology Society, 1991-present, Endocrine Pathology Society, 1993-1994, Endocrine Pathology Society, 1995-1996, Endocrine Pathology Society, Membership Committee, 1991-1994,, Endocrine Society, European Society of Gynaecological Oncology, 1991-present, Executive Committee, Association of Directors of Anatomic/Surgical Pathology, 1990-1994, Friends and Alumni Society of the AFIP, 1991-present, International Academy of Cytology, International Gynecologic Cancer Society, International Pathology Panel on Radiation Associated Thyroid Tumors after Chernobyl, 1998-present, International Society Of Biological And Environmental Resources (ISBER), International International Society of Gynecological Pathologists, Nominations Committee, 1993-1995, International Society of Neuropathology, John Morgan Society, 1990-present, John Morgan Society, elected 1990 Pathology Society of Philadelphia Pennsylavania Association of Pathologists, Local national action Plan on Breast Cancer: Biological Resources Bank Working Group, 1995- present., Local National Action Plan on Breast Cancer: Biological Resources Bank Working Group, 1995-present, National Cancer Institute, Specialized Programs for Research Excellence in Breast Cancer, Review Committee, 1992, National Institutes of Health, Postmenopausal Estrogen/Progestin Interventions Trial, 1989-1991, NCI Committee on Testing of Informed Consent Document for Human Tissue Research, 2000, New Fixation Methods for Tissue: Usefulness for Molecular Studies, 1998, New York Academy of Medicine, NIH Committee on Best Practices in Confidentiality in Research, 1999, Nominating Committee, American Society for Investigative Pathology, 1997-2001, Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology, 1993-present, Pathology Society of Philadelphia, 1988-1990, Pathology Society of Philadelphia, 1990-1992, Pathology Society of Philadelphia, 1992-1994, Pathology Society of Philadelphia, 1994-1996, Pathology Writers Guild, 1997-2004, International Pathology Writers Guild, Nominating Committee, 2000-present, Pennsylvania Association of Pathologists, Practice Parameters Committee, American Society of Clinical Pathologists, 1993-1996, Resources in Anatomic Pathology Committee, Association of Directors of Anatomic/Surgical Pathology, 1990-present, Speciallized Programs for Research Excellence in Breast Cancer. Review Committee, National Cancer Institute., Local Subcommittee on Patient Safety Issues in Pathology, Anatomic Pathology Workshop, 2000-present, Surgical Case Review Committee (formerly Tissue Committee) of the Medical Board, HUP, Task Force in Quality Assurance in Surgical Pathology, Association of Directors of Anatomic/Surgical Pathology, 1989, Thyroid Foundation of America, Thyroid/Iodine-131 Assessments Committee, National Cancer Institute, 1992-1993, Tissue Banking, Informed Consent and Institutional Review Boards, NIH Conference June 2,1997, Local Tissue Banking, Informed Consent and Institutional Review Boards, NIH Conference, 1997, United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (formerly International Academy of Pathology), 1985-1988, United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, 2001-2002, United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, 2002-2003, United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, 2003-2004, United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, 2004-2005, United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Diagnostic Pathology Update Course, 1994-2000, Women in Endocrinology, 1989-present,

Affiliation

Dr. LiVolsi 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.

Research

Research Interests:

thyroid neoplasms pathogenesis

Selected Publications:

Zhang PJ Genega EM Tomaszewski JE Pasha T and LiVolsi VA.: The role of calretinin, inhibin melan-A, BCL 2 and c-kit in differentiating adrenal cortical and medullary tumors: an immunohistochemical study. Mod Pathol 16: 591-597, 2003. 16 : 591-597,2003.

Gustafson KS, LiVolsi VA, Furth EE, Pasha TL, Putt ME, Baloch ZW: Peroxisome proliferative activated Receptor gamma expression in follicular-patterned thyroid lesions. Caveats for the use of immunohistochemical studies. Am J Clin Pathol 120 : 175-181,2003.

Nassar A, Saqi A Baloch ZW LiVolsi VA: Carcinoma showing thymus like element of the thyroid Acta Cytol 47 (2): 313-315,2003.

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

Hunt JL LiVolsi VA Baloch ZW Swalsky PA Bakker A Sasatomi E Finkelstein S Barnes L: A novel microdissection and genotyping of follicular derived thyroid tumors to predict aggressiveness Human Pathol 34 (4): 375-380,2003.

Chu AY LiVolsi VA Fraker DL Zhang PJ: Corticomedullary mixed tumor of the afrenal gland with concurrent adrenal myelolipoma Arch Pathol Lab Med 127 (8): e329-332,2003.

Solomon AC Chen PJ LiVolsi VA: An incidental finding in the fallopian tube, tubal ligation: metaplastic papillary tumor of fallopian tube Arch Pathol Lab Med 127 (8): e363-364,2003.

Baloch ZW LiVolsi VA Jain P Jain B Aljada I Mandel S Langer J Gupta PK: Role of repeat fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) in the management of thyroid nodules Diagn Cytopathol 29 (4): 203-206,2003.

Nardone HC Ziober AF LiVolsi VA Mandel S Baloch ZW Weber RS Mick R Ziober BL: c-Met expression in tall cell variant papillary carcinoma of the thyroid Cancer 98 (7): 1386-1393,2003.

Academic Contact Info

Anatomic Pathology Division
Founders Pavilion, Room 6.039
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

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