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Philip E. LeBoit, MD

Research and Clinical Interests

My main research interest in dermatopathology is: how does one make a more accurate diagnosis based on a skin biopsy? To this end, I have studied both inflammatory and neoplastic diseases, applying both high and low tech methods as the situation warrants. The areas that are of particular interest to me are entities whose essential nature is unclear, such as Spitz's nevus, a tumor of melanocytes in which large cells occur, sometimes simulating melanoma. My clinical activity is centered on the UCSF Dermatopathology Service, which I founded in 1987, and which is now the largest university based outreach dermatopathology laboratory in the western United States. The service sees over 90,000 cases/year, including over 20,000 cases in which pathologists, dermatologists or dermatopathologists seek a second opinion.

Selected Publications

  • Cowper SE, Su LD, Bhawan J, Robin HS, LeBoit PE. Nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy.Am J Dermatopathol 23(5): 383-93, 2001
  • Hantschke M, Bastian BC, LeBoit PE. Consumption of the epidermis: A diagnostic criterion for the differential diagnosis of melanoma and Spitz nevus. Am J Surg Pathol 2004: 28;1621-1625.
  • Massi G, LeBoit PE. Histological Diagnosis of Nevi and Melanoma. Steinkopff Verlag Darmstadt/ Springer Verlag, Berlin, 2004
  • LeBoit PE, Burg G, Weedon D., Sarasin A. WHO Classification of Tumours: Pathology & Genetics, Skin Tumours. IARC Press, Lyon, 2005
  • Curtin JA, Fridlyand J, Kageshita T, Patel H, Busam K, Kutzner H, Cho KH, Aiba S, Bröcker EV, LeBoit PE, Pinkel D Bastian BC.: Distinct Sets of Genetic Alterations in Melanoma. N Engl J Med 353:2135-2147, 2005

Selected Awards

  • Herman Pinkus Memorial Lecture Award, American Society of Dermatopathology, 2002
  • 9th Bernard Ackerman Lecture Award, International Society of Dermatopathology, 2003
  • 2004 Founders' Award, The American Society of Dermatopathology
  • Editor-in-Chief, The American Journal of Dermatopathology, 1997-2007
  • President, International Society of Dermatopathology, 2007-2010

Additional Information

Philip E. LeBoit, MD
  • Professor of Clinical Pathology and Dermatology; Co-Director, UCSF Dermatopathology Service
  • Pathology
  • Dermatopathology

Specialty Area


Contact Information

Mailing/Shipping Address:

  • UCSF
  • Philip E. LeBoit, MD
  • Pathology, Box 1790
  • 1701 Divisadero Street, Suite 280
  • San Francisco, CA 94143

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Hospital Affiliation(s)

  • Mt. Zion
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