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Zubair W. Baloch, MD, PhD

Zubair W. Baloch, MD, PhD Physician

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

Languages spoken:

  • Sindhi
  • Urdu

Dr. Baloch is employed by Penn Medicine.

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About Dr. Zubair W. Baloch

Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2014 - 2018

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2011 - 2018

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issues for 2018 and 2019

My clinical expertise is endocrine pathology (cytology and histopathology).

Clinical Specialties


  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Pathology - Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, 1995
  • Pathology - Cytopathology, 1997

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Sind Liaquat Medical College
Residency: Hahnemann University Hospital
Fellowship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American Association for Clinical Endocrinologist, National American Society of Clinical Pathologists, National American Society of Cytopathology, National American Thyroid Association, National Arthur Prudy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologist, National College of American Pathologist, National Endocrine Pathology Society, International Endocrine Society, National Papanicolaou Society, International Philadelphia Endocrine Society, Local Philadelphia Pathology Society, Local United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, International University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. Tissue Committee., Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Baloch is employed by Penn Medicine.

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.


Description of Research Expertise:

Molecular and immunopathology of thyroid neoplasia

Selected Publications:

Shafique Khurram, LiVolsi Virginia A, Montone Kathleen, Baloch Zubair W: Papillary Thyroid Microcarcinoma: Reclassification to Non-Invasive Follicular Thyroid Neoplasm with Papillary-Like Nuclear Features (NIFTP): a Retrospective Clinicopathologic Study. Endocrine pathology 29 (4): 339-345,2018.

Steward David L, Carty Sally E, Sippel Rebecca S, Yang Samantha Peiling, Sosa Julie A, Sipos Jennifer A, Figge James J, Mandel Susan, Haugen Bryan R, Burman Kenneth D, Baloch Zubair W, Lloyd Ricardo V, Seethala Raja R, Gooding William E, Chiosea Simion I, Gomes-Lima Cristiane, Ferris Robert L, Folek Jessica M, Khawaja Raheela A, Kundra Priya, Loh Kwok Seng, Marshall Carrie B, Mayson Sarah, McCoy Kelly L, Nga Min En, Ngiam Kee Yuan, Nikiforova Marina N, Poehls Jennifer L, Ringel Matthew D, Yang Huaitao: Performance of a Multigene Genomic Classifier in Thyroid Nodules With Indeterminate Cytology: A Prospective Blinded Multicenter Study. JAMA oncology : 2018.

Farahani Sahar J, Baloch Zubair: Retrospective assessment of the effectiveness of the Milan system for reporting salivary gland cytology: A systematic review and meta-analysis of published literature. Diagnostic cytopathology : 2018.

Song Sharon J, Shafique Khurram, Wong Lawrence Q, LiVolsi Virginia A, Montone Kathleen T, Baloch Zubair: The utility of the Milan System as a risk stratification tool for salivary gland fine needle aspiration cytology specimens. Cytopathology : official journal of the British Society for Clinical Cytology : 2018.

Song, S., Baloch ZW., Kobaly, K., Yu, GH.: What's in a giant cell? A case of metastatic sarcomatoid pleomorphic carcinoma with osteoclast-like giant cells involving the thyroid. Cytopathology 29 (4): 2018.

Layfield Lester J, Baloch Zubair, Hirschowitz Sharon L, Rossi Esther D: Impact on Clinical Follow-up of the Milan System for Salivary Gland Cytology: A Comparison with a Traditional Diagnostic Classification. Cytopathology : official journal of the British Society for Clinical Cytology : 2018.

Samuels SL., Surrey, LF., Hawkes, CP., Amberge, M., Mostoufi-Moab, S., Langer, JE., Adzick, NS., Kazahaya, K., Bhatti, T., Baloch, Z., LiVolsi, VA., Bauer, AJ.: Characteristics of Follicular Variant Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma in a Pediatric Cohort. J Clin Endocrinol Metabol 103 (4): 2018.

Mostoufi-Moab Sogol, Labourier Emmanuel, Sullivan Lisa, LiVolsi Virginia, Li Yimei, Xiao Rui, Beaudenon-Huibregtse Sylvie, Kazahaya Ken, Adzick N Scott, Baloch Zubair, Bauer Andrew J: Molecular Testing for Oncogenic Gene Alterations in Pediatric Thyroid Lesions. Thyroid : official journal of the American Thyroid Association 28 (1): 60-67,2018.

Zhou H, Baloch ZW, Nayar R, Bizzarro T, Fadda G, Adhikari-Guragain D, Hatem J, Larocca LM, Samolczyk J, Slade J, Rossi ED.: Noninvasive follicular thyroid neoplasm with papillary-like nuclear features (NIFTP): Implications for the risk of malignancy (ROM) in the Bethesda System for Reporting Thyroid Cytopathology (TBSRTC). Cancer Cytopathol 126 (1): 20-26,2018.

Hernandez-Prera J, Machado R, Asa SL, Baloch ZW, Faquin WC, Ghossein R Md, LiVolsi VA, Lloyd RV, Mete O, Nikiforov YE, Seethala R, Suster S, Thompson LDR, Turk A, Sadow PM, Urken ML, Wenig BM.: Pathologic reporting of Tall Cell Variant of Papillary Thyroid Cancer: Have we reached a consensus? Thyroid 27 (12): 1498-1504,2017.

Academic Contact Info

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street, Six Founders Pavilion

Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283
Phone: (215) 662-3209
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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