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Joseph Thomas Rabban III, MD, MPH

Research and Clinical Interests

My primary clinical specialty is diagnostic gynecologic surgical pathology, encompassing biopsies and surgical resections of both benign and malignant diseases of the ovary, fallopian tubes, uterus, peritoneum, vagina, vulva, as well as gestational trophoblastic disease. My main patient population consists of women who are seeking care at the UCSF Gynecologic Oncology division, OB/Gyn division, and Center for Reproductive Health. As a member of the UCSF Multidisciplinary Gynecologic Oncology Tumor Board, I work closely with surgeons, oncologists, and radiation oncologists to provide multidisciplinary recommendations for patient care. As a member of the UCSF Cancer Risk Program, I work closely with genetic counselors and gynecologic oncologists to provide multidisciplinary recommendations for assessing risk for hereditary basis of disease in women with gynecologic pathology. In addition I provide diagnostic consultation services to pathologists at institutions other than UCSF who request a second opinion on a gynecologic surgical pathology specimen. My secondary clinical specialty is diagnostic breast surgical pathology.

My clinical research focuses on differential diagnostic criteria and tumor classification in gynecologic disease,as well as pathologic phenotype-genotype correlation of inherited gynecologic cancers, particularly those associated with BRCA and Lynch syndromes.

My teaching emphasis is diagnostic gynecologic surgical pathology at the level of continuing medical education for practicing pathologists at national and international courses.

I direct the UCSF Fellowship in Gynecologic Surgical Pathology.

Selected Publications

  • Rabban JT, Garg K, Crawford B, Chen LM, Zaloudek CJ. Early Detection of High Grade Tubal Serous Carcinoma in Women at Low Risk for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome By Systematic Examination of Fallopian Tubes Incidentally Removed During Benign Surgery. Am J Surg Pathol 2014; 38: 729-742
  • Rabban JT, Vohra P, Zaloudek CJ. Non-Gynecologic Metastases to Fallopian Tube Mucosa: A Potential Mimic of Tubal High Grade Serous Carcinoma and Benign Tubal Mucinous Metaplasia or Non-mucinous Hyperplasia. Am J Surg Pathol. 2015; 39: 35-51
  • Rabban JT, Firetag B, Sangoi AR, Post MD, Zaloudek CJ. Incidental Pelvic and Para-aortic Lymph Node Lymphangioleiomyomatosis Detected During Surgical Staging of Pelvic Cancer in Women Without Symptomatic Pulmonary Lymphangioleiomyomatosis or Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. Am J Surg Pathol. 2015 Aug; 39(8):1015-25
  • Rabban JT, Calkins SM, Karnezis AN, Grenert JP, Blanco A, Crawford B, Chen LM. Association of Tumor Morphology With Mismatch-repair Protein Status in Older Endometrial Cancer Patients: Implications for Universal Versus Selective Screening Strategies for Lynch Syndrome. Am J Surg Pathol. 2014; 38: 793-800

Additional Information

Joseph Thomas Rabban III, MD, MPH
  • Professor of Pathology
  • Director, Gynecologic Pathology Fellowship
  • Anatomic Pathology
  • Surgical Pathology

Specialty Area

Gynecologic Pathology and Breast Pathology

Contact Information

Mailing/Shipping Address:

  • UCSF
  • Joseph Rabban, MD, MPH
  • Pathology, Box 4066
  • 1825 4th Street, Room M2359
  • San Francisco, CA 94143

Other UCSF Organizational Association(s)


  • UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center

Hospital Affiliation(s)

  • UCSF Mission Bay campus hospitals
  • UCSF Moffit-Long hospitals
  • UCSF Mt Zion hospital
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