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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 Best Doctors in America 2011-2012, 2013-2014

Recognized by America's Top Doctors, 2014

Clinical Specialties


  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

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

Description of Clinical Expertise

Endocrine Pathology (Cytology and Histopathology)

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
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • 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
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

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:

Shah AA, La Fortune K, Miller C, Mills SE, Baloch Z, LiVolsi V, Dacic S, Mahaffey AL, Nikiforova M, Nikiforov YE, Seethala RR.: Thyroid sclerosing mucoepidermoid carcinoma with eosinophilia: a clinicopathologic and molecular analysis of a distinct entity. Mod Pathol 30 (3): 329-339,2016 [Epub ahead of print].

Nikiforov YE, Seethala RR, Tallini G, Baloch ZW, Basolo F, Thompson LD, Barletta JA, Wenig BM, Al Ghuzlan A, Kakudo K, Giordano TJ, Alves VA, Khanafshar E, Asa SL, El-Naggar AK, Gooding WE, Hodak SP, Lloyd RV, Maytal G, Mete O, Nikiforova MN, Nosé V, Papotti M, Poller DN, Sadow PM, Tischler AS, Tuttle RM, Wall KB, LiVolsi VA, Randolph GW, Ghossein RA.: Nomenclature Revision for Encapsulated Follicular Variant of Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma: A Paradigm Shift to Reduce Overtreatment of Indolent Tumors. JAMA Oncol 2 (8): 2016 .

Wei S, LiVolsi VA, Montone KT, Morrissette JJ, Baloch ZW: Detection of Molecular Alterations in Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma Using Next-Generation Sequencing: an Institutional Experience. Endo Pathol 27 (4): 359-362,2016.

Samulski TD, LiVolsi VA, Wong LQ2, Baloch Z.: Usage trends and performance characteristics of a "gene expression classifier" in the management of thyroid nodules: An institutional experience. Diag Cytopathol 44 (11): 867-873,2016.

Rossi ED, Wong LQ, Bizzarro T, Petrone G, Mule A, Fadda G, Baloch ZW: The impact of FNAC in the management of salivary gland lesions: Institutional experiences leading to a risk-based classification scheme. Cancer Cytopathol 124 (6): 388-96,2016.

Du E, Wenig BM, Su HK, Rowe ME, Haser GC, Asa SL, Baloch Z, Faquin WC, Fellegara G, Giordano T, Ghossein R, LiVolsi VA, Lloyd R, Mete O, Ozbek U, Rosai J, Suster S, Thompson LD, Turk AT, Urken ML: Inter-Observer Variation in the Pathologic Identification of Extranodal Extension in Nodal Metastasis from Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma. Thyroid 26 (6): 816-9,2016.

Wei S, Lieberman D, Morrissette JJ, Baloch ZW, Roth DB, McGrath C.: Using "residual" FNA rinse and body fluid specimens for next-generation sequencing: An institutional experience. Cancer Cytopathol 124 (5): 324-9,2016.

Layfield LJ, Baloch Z, Elsheikh T, Litzky L, Rekhtman N, Travis WD, Zakowski M, Zarka M, Geisinger K.: Standardized terminology and nomenclature for respiratory cytology: The Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology guidelines. Diag Cytopathol 44 (5): 399-409,2016.

Su HK, Wenig B, Haser GC, Rowe ME, Asa SL, Baloch ZW, Du E, Faquin WC, Giordano TJ, Ghossein R M, LiVolsi VA, Lloyd RV, Mete O, Ozbek U, Rosai J, Fellegara G, Suster S, Thompson LD, Turk A, Urken ML: Inter-observer Variation in the Pathologic Identification of Minimal Extrathyroidal Extension in Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma. Thyroid 26 (4): 512-7,2016.

Wei S, LiVolsi VA, Brose MS, Montone KT, Morrissette JJ, Baloch ZW.: STK11 Mutation Identified in Thyroid Carcinoma Endocr Pathol 27 (1): 65-9,2016.

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
Fax: 215-349-8994
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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