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Matthew B. Palmer, MD, PhD

Matthew B. Palmer, MD, PhD Pathologist

Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Palmer is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties


  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Pathology - Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, 2012

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • 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 Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: Emory University
Residency: Yale-New Haven Hospital
Fellowship: Yale-New Haven Hospital


College of American Pathologists, National Renal Pathology Society, Education Committee, National Renal Pathology Society, National United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Palmer 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:

Barisoni Laura, Troost Jonathan P, Nast Cynthia, Bagnasco Serena, Avila-Casado Carmen, Hodgin Jeffrey, Palmer Matthew, Rosenberg Avi, Gasim Adil, Liensziewski Chrysta, Merlino Lino, Chien Hui-Ping, Chang Anthony, Meehan Shane M, Gaut Joseph, Song Peter, Holzman Lawrence, Gibson Debbie, Kretzler Matthias, Gillespie Brenda W, Hewitt Stephen M: Reproducibility of the NEPTUNE descriptor-based scoring system on whole-slide images and histologic and ultrastructural digital images. Modern pathology : an official journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc : 2016.

Gipson Debbie S, Troost Jonathan P, Lafayette Richard A, Hladunewich Michelle A, Trachtman Howard, Gadegbeku Crystal A, Sedor John R, Holzman Lawrence B, Moxey-Mims Marva M, Perumal Kalyani, Kaskel Frederick J, Nelson Peter J, Tuttle Katherine R, Bagnasco Serena M, Hogan Marie C, Dell Katherine M, Appel Gerald B, Lieske John C, Ilori Titilayo O, Sethna Christine B, Fervenza Fernando C, Hogan Susan L, Nachman Patrick H, Rosenberg Avi Z, Greenbaum Larry A, Meyers Kevin E C, Hewitt Stephen M, Choi Michael J, K: Complete Remission in the Nephrotic Syndrome Study Network. Clinical journal of the American Society of Nephrology : CJASN 11 (1): 81-9,2016.

Rosenberg A*, Palmer MB*, Merlino L, Troost J, Gasim A, Bagnasco S, Avila-Casado C, Johnstone D, Hodgin J, Conway C, Gillespie B, Nast C, Barisoni L, Hewitt S: Accurate Determination of the Number of Glomeruli in Renal Biopsies PLOS One in press : 2016.

Ledo, Nora, Susztak, Katalin, Palmer, Matthew B.: Cell Phenotype Transitions in Renal Fibrosis Current Pathobiology Reports 4 (1): 19-25,2016.

Ekaterina Castano, Matthew B Palmer, Christine Vigneault, Randy Luciano, Serena Wong, Gilbert Moeckel: Comparison of amyloid deposition in human kidney biopsies as predictor of poor patient outcome. BMC Nephrology 16 : 64,2015.

Palmer MB, Cohen J, Liang M, Pullen S, Susztak K: Understanding the relationship between histopathology and renal function in hypertension and diabetes. Poster presentation, American Society of Nephrology national meeting, San Diego : 2015.

Palmer Matthew B, Vichot Alfred A, Cantley Lloyd G, Moeckel Gilbert W: Quantification and localization of M2 macrophages in human kidneys with acute tubular injury. J Nephrol Renovasc Dis 7 (7): 415-9,2014.

Goodwin Julie E, Palmer Matthew, Pashankar Farzana, Tufro Alda, Moeckel Gilbert: A 7-year-old boy with renal insufficiency and proteinuria after stem cell transplant for T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Clin Nephrol 82 (3): 205-10,2014.

Luciano Randy L, Moeckel Gilbert, Palmer Matthew, Perazella Mark A: Babesiosis-Induced Acute Kidney Injury With Prominent Urinary Macrophages. Am J Kidney Dis 62 (4): 801-5,2013.

Palmer MB, Flynn C, Tormey C, Torres R: Plasma metanephrines in the diagnosis of pheochryomocytoma. Oral presentation, Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists annual meeting, St. Louis, MO : 2011.

Academic Contact Info

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
6 Founders
3400 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104