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John                           Tomaszewski

John E. Tomaszewski MD, MASCP

Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences

Professor and Chairman

Specialty/Research Focus

Immunopathology; Renal Pathology; Surgical Pathology

 
Professional Summary:

Patient care for a Pathologist is centered on assisting patients and clinicians in the understanding and the use of clinical laboratory data for the planning of therapeutic decisions. My personal specialty focus areas are in renal pathology, immunopathology, and urological pathology. I provide tissue biopsy and clinical laboratory diagnose , prognoses, and therapeutic advice to patients and clinicians on medical and surgical diseases of the kidney (including kidney transplants), bladder, prostate , and testis. These services include the interpretation of biopsies and pathology specimens, consultations on the ordering and/or the results of clinical laboratory lab tests.

Raised in Philadelphia, PA I received my undergraduate education from LaSalle College in Philadelphia in 1973. I attended the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine and received my MD in 1977. After finishing medical school I did an internship in Internal Medicine at Pennsylvania. I completed my Pathology Residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 1982. During that training I had special concentrations in immunology, HLA testing, and nephropathology. I was a Fellow in Surgical Pathology in 1982-1983. I joined the faculty in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1983. In my first year of appointment I was given the opportunity to do a specially arranged fellowship with Dr Conrad Pirani in Nephropathology at Columbia University. At Penn I rose through the ranks to become Professor, Vice Chair for Anatomic Pathology-Hospital Services, and Interim Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

My research interests are translational and have been focused in the domain of genitourinary pathology. Over the last decade I have had the great opportunity to work collaboratively with a group of image scientists in the development of quantitative image analysis tools tailored to the needs of the digital pathology community. Our vision is to create a new analytic paradigm fusing the data from the quantitative analysis of high resolution images with multidimensional molecular data. This “fused diagnostics” approach will support personalized predictive modeling of disease and its response to therapy. Our collaborative group is funded and is working hard to develop platforms which will support this new way of addressing complex multivariable testing.

Over the years I have had the great good fortune to teach many classes of undergraduate medical students in nephropathology and genitourinary pathology. I have been Program Director of the Surgical Pathology and Immunopatholgy Fellowships at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and instructed 56 Fellows. I have been a member of 9 PhD and 1 MS candidates’ thesis committees. I continue to instruct at the UME, GME, and Graduate student levels.

I have been active in the work of many Pathology societies both as a speaker and in varied leadership roles. My volunteer work has been with the ACSP, USCAP, CAP, Pathology Informatics, ASIP, ICPI, and APC. I was a member of the ASCP Board of Directors for many years and rose through the leadership sequence to be elected ASCP President for 2010-2011. My society work has helped me understand both the challenges and the opportunities which face our profession in these times of great change.

In 2011 I moved from Philadelphia to Buffalo to become Chair of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. I continue to maintain an active collaborative research program in image science and focus my efforts as Chair on building our clinical, educational, and research programs at UB. I am excited to be part of this great University which is on the rise.


Education and Training:
  • Fellowship, Renal Pathology, Columbia University (1984)
  • Fellowship, Surgical Pathology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (1983)
  • Residency, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (1982)
  • Internship, Internal Medicine, Pennsylvania Hospital (1978)
  • MD, Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1977)
  • BA, LaSalle College, Maxima cum laude (1973)
Employment:
  • Professor and Chair, Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, University at Buffalo (2011-present)
  • Emeritus Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania (2011-present)
  • Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1996–2011)
  • Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1989–1996)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1983–1989)
  • Assistant Instructor, Pathology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1978–1983)
Awards and Honors:
  • AOA Distinguished Lecturer (2013)
  • America's Top Doctors for Cancer:Castle Connolly Listing (2013)
  • Academic Keys Who's Who in Medicine Higher education (2012)
  • President’s Recognition Award (2011)
  • David B.P. Goodman Award (2010)
  • Philadelphia Magazine's "Top Doctors" Listing (2010)
  • America's Top Doctors for Cancer, 5th Ed (2009)
  • Philadephia Magazine's "Top Doctors" Listing (2009)
  • Academic Keys Who's Who in Medicine Higher Education (2008)
  • Philadelphia Magazine’s “Top Doctors” Listing (2008)
  • Nominated by Class of 2010 for Best Lecturer in Module 2 Renal Block and Best Lecturer in Module 2 Pathology (2007)
  • UPHS 2007 Quality and Patient Safety Award (2007)
  • America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, 3rd ed (2007)
  • America’s Top Doctors Listing, 7th ed (2007)
  • Philadelphia Magazine’s “Top Doctors” Listing (2007)
  • America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, 2nd ed (2006)
  • America’s Top Doctors Listing, 6th ed (2006)
  • 2006 Philadelphia Magazine’s “Top Doctors” Listing (2006)
  • America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, 1st ed (2005)
  • America’s Top Doctors Listing, 5th ed (2005)
  • Philadelphia Magazine’s “Top Doctors” Listing (2005)
  • 2004 CDC Public Health Practice Program Office (PHPPO) Award (2004)
  • America’s Top Doctors Listing, 4th ed (2004)

Grants and Sponsored Research:
  • July 2016–June 2021
    Computerized histologic image predictor of cancer outcome
    NIH/Case
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $232,187
  • July 2015–June 2020
    Pathology Image Informatics Platform for visualization, analysis and management
    NIH/Case
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $101,849
  • September 2009–December 2013
    Software to allow for multimode, multiscale fused data for pathology and radiology
    NIH
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $497,000
  • November 2009–November 2012
    Histology based computer assisted diagnostics (HistoCAD) for automated Gleason grading of prostate cancer
    Bioimagene
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $333,589
  • July 2007–June 2012
    Inherited Genetic Variation and Predisposition to Testicular Germ Cell Tumor
    NIH
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $500,000
  • October 2008–September 2011
    Comprehensive Islet Transplantation Program
    Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $484,591
  • July 2009–May 2011
    Genotype and phenotype predictors of therapy response in renal cell carcinoma
    NIH
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $365,345
  • April 2003–March 2008
    Infarct modification to limit remodeling after MI
    NIH
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • September 2001–August 2007
    Evaluation of Multi-Modality Breast Imaging
    NIH
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • September 2003–March 2005
    The Mid-Atlantic Prostate Cancer Bank
    NIH
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • December 1998–November 2003
    Data/Bladder Tissue Repository for the National ICDB Study
    NIH
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • September 1996–February 2001
    MRI-based screen for breast cancer patients, carrying a breast cancer susceptibility gene
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • January 1997–December 2000
    Tubulointerstitial kidney cells and their response to glucose
    NIH
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • May 1996–April 2000
    Mechanisms of interstitial injury in glomerulonephritis
    NIH
    Role: Contributor
  • September 1991–August 1999
    Vascular injury response: Novel mechanisms and therapy
    NIH
    Role: Contributor
  • September 1992–February 1999
    Data Coordinating Center for Interstitial Cystitis
    NIDDK
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • July 1997–December 1997
    Raman spectroscopy for breast tissue diagnostics
    Small Business InNovation Research Program
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • August 1991–July 1997
    Molecular mechanisms of renal inflammation and injury
    NIH
    Role: Contributor
  • December 1991–December 1996
    Tubulointerstitial kidney cells and their response to high glucose
    NIH
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • December 1991–November 1994
    MRI/MRS in evaluation of prostate cancer
    NIH
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • October 1991–October 1994
    Plasminogen activator regulation during restenosis
    NIH
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • January 1989–January 1991
    Integrated MR of colorectal hepatic metastases response to therapy
    NIH
    Role: Co-Investigator
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Patents:
  • "Computer Assisted Diagnosis (CAD) of cancer using Multi-Functional Multi-M
  • "System and Method for Image Registration"
  • "Systems and Methods for Automated Detection of Cancer",
  • “Cancer Detection from Whole Mount Histology Specimens,”
  • “Malignancy Diagnosis Using Content-Based Image Retrieval of Tissue Histo

Journal Articles:
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Books and Book Chapters:
  • Weiss M, Liapis H, Tomaszewski JE, Arend LJ. Pyelonephritis and other infections, refux nephropathy, hyronephrosis, and nephrolithiasis.. 2007.
  • Tomaszewski JE, LiVolsi VA. Defining and handling errors in surgical pathology.. 2005.
  • Tomaszewski JE, LiVolsi VA. Defining and handling errors in surgical pathology.. 2002.
  • LiVolsi VA, Tomaszewski JE. Pathology and Cytology.. 1999.
  • Simon LJ, Ladis JR, Tomaszewski JE, Nyberg LM, ICDB Study Group. The Interstitial Cystitis Database Study.. 1997.
  • O'Connor TP, Egidi MF, Brennan PJ, Tomaszewski JE, Brayman KL. Diagnosis and treatment of rejection, infection and malignancy in transplant recipients.. 1996.
  • LiVolsi VA, Tomaszewski JE. Pathology and Cytology. 1996.
  • Kelly CJ, Tomaszewski JE, Neilson EG. Immunopathogenic Mechanisms of Tubulointerstitial Injury.. 1993.
  • Berns JS, Tomaszewski JE. Acute Renal Failure as a Presenting Feature of Vasculitis Syndromes.. 1993.
  • Tomaszewski JE. The Kidney and Urinary Tract System.. 1993.
  • Tomaszewski JE. The Vascular System.. 1993.
  • Tomaszewski JE. Immunopathology.. 1993.
  • Tomaszewski JE. Transplantation Pathology.. 1993.
  • Berns JS, Tomaszewski JE. Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome and Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura Associated with Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.. 1992.
  • LiVolsi VA, Brooks JSJ, Merino MJ, Saul SH, Tomaszewski JE. Pathology. National Medical Series for Independent Study.. 1989.
  • Tomaszewski JE. The Kidney and Urinary Tract System.. 1989.
  • Tomaszewski JE. The Vascular System.. 1989.
  • Tomaszewski JE. Immunopathology.. 1989.
  • Tomaszewski JE. Cystitis and Uretertis.. 1988.
  • Tomaszewski JE. Urethritis and Its Complications.. 1988.
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Professional Memberships:
  • AMIA, a society for informatics professionals; member, 2013-present (2013–present)
  • SPIE; a medical imaging society, member 2013-present Program organizing committee, 2013-present (2013–present)
  • National Kidney Foundation; WNY Chapter, Board of Directors, 2013-present (2013–present)
  • Clinton Global Initiative (2011–present)
  • Intersociety Council for Pathology Information; Board of Directors, 2011-present Secretary-Treasurer, 2013-present (2011–present)
  • American Society for Investigative Pathology; member, 2010 Program committee member, 2010-present (2010–present)
  • Centers for Disease Control Quality Institute; ASCP representative, 2002-2003 (2002–2003)
  • Renal Pathology Society; 2002-present (2002–present)
  • International Society for Analytical & Molecular Morphology; Member, 1998 (1998–present)
  • International Society of Breast Pathology; Member, 1998 (1998–present)
  • College of American Pathologists; CAP Lab Inspector (1998–present)
  • John Morgan Society; Member, 1997-present (1997–present)
  • Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology; Member, 1995-present Association of Pathology Chairs, 2009- present Member Advocacy Committee 2010- present Chair , Advocacy Committee, 2013 (1995–present)
  • International Society for Urologic Pathology; 1995-present, Fellow, 2006 (1995–present)
  • Eastern Cooperative Oncologic Group; Chairman, Genitourinary Pathology Subcommittee, 1988-1992 (1988–1992)
  • Greater Delaware Valley Society of Transplant Surgeons; Member, 1988-2011 (1988–present)
  • Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists; Member, 1987-present Chair, Program Committee, 1997-2001 Councilor, 2001-2004 (1987–present)
  • American Society of Clinical Pathologists; Fellow, 1985-present Member, Expert Panel for CheckPath Quality Assurance Program, 1991-2003 Member, Commission on Continuing Education Anatomic Pathology Council 1995-2003 Member, Joint AMS-CCE Teleconference Committee, 1996-2002Member, Quality Management Anatomic Pathology Committee, 1998-1999 American College of Executive Physicians, Member 1997-present Chair, Anatomic Pathology Council of Commission on Continuing Education, 1999-2001 Deputy Commissioner, National Meetings, 2001-2002 Chair, Annual Meeting Committee, 2002-2005 Nominating Committee, 2003 Member, Commission on Education, 2003-2007 Member, Surgical Pathology Resource Council, 2003-2005 Member, Board of Directors, 2003-present Member, Task Force on Volunteers, 2004-2005 Chair, Education Commission, 2005-2007 Secretary and Member of Executive Committee, 2007 Member, Task Force on Communication, 2007 Secretary and Executive Council Member, 2007-present Vice President and Member of Executive Committee, 2008 Commission on Public Policy and Government Relations, 2008-2010 Finance Committee, 2009-2010 Executive VP Search Committee, Chair, 2009-2010 President-elect and Member of Executive Committee, 2009-2010 (1985–present)
  • American College of Executive Physicians; Member 1997-present Chair, Anatomic Pathology Council of Commission on Continuing Education, 1999-2001 Deputy Commissioner, National Meetings, 2001-2002 Chair, Annual Meeting Committee, 2002-2005 Nominating Committee, 2003 Member, Commission on Education, 2003-2007 Member, Surgical Pathology Resource Council, 2003-2005 Member, Board of Directors, 2003-present Member, Task Force on Volunteers, 2004-2005 Chair, Education Commission, 2005-2007 Secretary and Member of Executive Committee, 2007 Member, Task Force on Communication, 2007 Secretary and Executive Council Member, 2007-present Vice President and Member of Executive Committee, 2008 Commission on Public Policy and Government Relations, 2008-2010 Finance Committee, 2009-2010 Executive VP Search Committee, Chair, 2009-2010 President-elect and Member of Executive Committee, 2009-2010 President and Chair of Executive Committee, 2010-2011 Immediate Past President and member of Executive Committee, 2011-2012 Past President, 2012-present (1985–present)
  • College of Physicians of Philadelphia; Fellow, 1985-present (1985–present)
  • United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology; Member (1982–present)
  • Pennsylvania Association of Pathologists; Member, 1982-present (1982–present)
  • Pathology Society of Philadelphia; Member, 1978-present (1978–present)
  • Thomas Bond Society of Pennsylvania Hospital; Member, 1978-present (1978–present)
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Presentations:
  • "The need for an Ontological Framework in Histopathology" Pathology Informatics, HIMA (2015)
  • "Whole slide Imaging Working Group Scientific Discussion" Pathology Informatics, Pathology Informatics (2015)
  • "Power of Pathology: Predicting Disease Aggressiveness from Tissue Slides" SPIE annual meeting, SPIE (2015)
  • "Teaching and Learning in the Classroom of the Future: Teaching from Digital Images in Anatomy, Cell Biology and Pathology" University at Buffalo, University at Buffalo, Digital Challenges Series (2015)
  • "”Fused Diagnostics: A New Paradigm for Personalized Medicine in the 21st Century”" Imaging Network Ontario, Imaging Network Ontario (2014)
  • "Digital Pathology Workshop; “What do pathologists see on a slide?: Implications for Digital Pathology”" SPIE, SPIE (2014)
  • "“New Technology Transforming UB’s Education Programs in Anatomy”" University at Buffalo Spring Clinical and Scholarly Exchange Day 2013, University at Buffalo Spring Clinical and Scholarly Exchange Day 2013 (2013)
  • "“ Companion Diagnostics: Managing Complexity in a New Era”" Pennsylvania Association of Pathologists, Pennsylvania Association of Pathologists (2013)
  • "“HistoCAD in Prostate and Breast Cancer Evaluation:" American Society for Investigative Pathology, American Society for Investigative Pathology (2013)
  • "“ Companion Diagnostics: Managing Complexity in a New Era”" American Pathology Foundation, American Pathology Foundation (2013)
  • "“Seeing Your World”" AOA Invited Lecture, University at Buffalo, AOA Invited Lecture (2013)
  • "“Data Fusion and 21st Century Diagnostics”" Pathology Visions, Digital Pathology Society,, Pathology Visions, Digital Pathology Society, (2012)
  • "“ Interpretation of Bladder Biopsies”" Ontario Pathology Society, Ontario Pathology Society (2012)
  • "“ Post transplant Lymphoproliferative Disorder”" , Drexel University (2012)
  • "“Personalized Medicine and 21st Century Diagnostics”" Stony Brook, Department of Pathology (2012)
  • "Laboratory Medicine Workforce Challenges and Solutions”" Pennsylvania Association of Pathologists, Pennsylvania Association of Pathologists (2012)
  • "The New Diagnostics" American Society for Clinical Pathology, American Society for Clinical Pathology (2011)
  • "HistoCAD" Pathology Informatics (2011)
  • "The New Diagnostics: Fused Diagnostics and Personalized Medicine in the 21st Century" Northeast Association of Pathology Chairs, Northeast Association of Pathology Chairs (2011)
  • "“21st Century Diagnostics”" Cerner Corp Anatomic Pathology Educational Workshop, Cerner Corp Anatomic Pathology Educational Workshop (2011)
  • "“Quantitative multimodal imaging; men, mice, and cells Brave new world" American Society for Investigative Pathology, American Society for Investigative Pathology (2011)
  • "“Integrated Diagnostics”" U of New Mexico, Department of Pathology, U of New Mexico, Department of Pathology (2011)
  • "“Fused Diagnostics" New York University School of Medicine, Department of Pathology, New York University School of Medicine, Department of Pathology (2010)
  • "“Practical Steps in Transformation: Fused Diagnostics and Personalized Medicine in the 21st Century." “Practical Steps in Transformation: Fused Diagnostics and Personalized Medicine in the 21st Century., Midwest Association of Pathology Chairs (2010)
  • "“Practical Steps in Transformation: Fused Diagnostics and Personalized Medicine in the 21st Century." “Practical Steps in Transformation: Fused Diagnostics and Personalized Medicine in the 21st Century., Southeast Association of Pathology Chairs (2010)
  • "“From Prostatic Histopathology to Prostatic HistoCAD”" “From Prostatic Histopathology to Prostatic HistoCAD”, Prostatic Cancer imaging Workshop at MICCAI (2010)
  • "“Graph-based Features for Prognosis Prediction in Digital Pathology”." “Graph-based Features for Prognosis Prediction in Digital Pathology”., Histoimaging Workshop at Pathology Informatics (2010)
  • "“Patient Safety and Diagnostic Quality Management in Anatomic Pathology”" “Patient Safety and Diagnostic Quality Management in Anatomic Pathology”, Cerner Corp sponsored conference on Quality and Regulatory Challenges Facing Anatomic Pathology Today (2010)
  • "”The New Diagnostics: Fused Diagnostics and Personalized Medicine in the 21st Century”" ”The New Diagnostics: Fused Diagnostics and Personalized Medicine in the 21st Century”, Pennsylvania Association of Pathologists (2010)
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Service Activities:
  • Computerized Medical Image and Graphics; Reviewer (2013–present)
  • IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging; Reviewer (2013–present)
  • Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association; Reviewer (2013–present)
  • Analytical Cellular Pathology; Reviewer (2011–present)
  • Pathology Informatics; Reviewer (2011–present)
  • NIH Application Reviewer; IMST Review Panel Bioengineering Research Partnership review Panel; Reviewer (2010)
  • British Journal of Urology; Reviewer (2002–present)
  • Modern Pathology; Reviewer (2001–present)
  • American Journal of Clinical Pathology; Urology Annals of Internal Medicine Cancer Journal American Society of Nephrology Journal of Urology; Reviewer (2000–present)
  • Kidney International; Reviewer (1997–2004)
  • American Journal of Pathology; Reviewer (1996–present)

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Contact Information

206 Farber Hall, South Campus
3435 Main Street
Pathology and Anatomical Sciences
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: 716-829-2846
Fax: 716-829-2086
Email: johntoma@buffalo.edu

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