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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 - 2018

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:

Mostoufi-Moab S, Labourier E, Sullivan L, LiVolsi V, Li Y, Xiao R, Beaudenon-Huibregtse S, Kazahaya K, Adzick NS, Baloch Z, Bauer AJ.: Molecular Testing for Oncogenic Alterations in Pediatric Thyroid Lesions. Thyroid 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.

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): 329-339,2017.

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.

Song SJ, LiVolsi VA, Montone K, Baloch Z: Pre-operative features of non-invasive follicular thyroid neoplasms with papillary-like nuclear features: An analysis of their cytological, Gene Expression Classifier and sonographic findings. Cytopathology 28 (6): 488-494,2017.

Rossi ED, Faquin WC, Baloch Z, Barkan GA, Foschini MP, Pusztaszeri M, Vielh P, Kurtycz DFI.: The Milan System for Reporting Salivary Gland Cytopathology: Analysis and suggestions of initial survey. Cancer Cytopathol 125 (10): 757-766,2017.

Layfield LJ1, Baloch ZW, Esebua M, Kannuswamy R, Schmidt RL.: Impact of the Reclassification of the Non-Invasive Follicular Variant of Papillary Carcinoma as Benign on the Malignancy Risk of the Bethesda System for Reporting Thyroid Cytopathology: A Meta-Analysis Study. Acta Cytol 61 (3): 187-193,2017.

Wei Shuanzeng, Layfield Lester J, LiVolsi Virginia A, Montone Kathleen T, Baloch Zubair W: Reporting of fine needle aspiration (FNA) specimens of salivary gland lesions: A comprehensive review. Diagnostic cytopathology 45 (9): 820-827,2017.

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.

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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