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Philip LeBoit, MD


Professor of Pathology and Dermatology

Division Chief of UCSF Dermatopathology and Oral Pathology Service

After training in Anatomic Pathology at the University of California, San Francisco and in Dermatopathology at both New York University (under the late Bernard Ackerman, M.D.) and at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center (with N. Scott McNutt, M.D.), Dr. LeBoit founded the UCSF Dermatopathology and Oral Pathology Service in 1987, with the goal of bringing academic expertise to a larger patient base than that of traditional university-based dermatopathology sections.


Dr. LeBoit's investigative work includes the delineation of granulomatous slack skin as a lymphoma, the first comprehensive description of bacillary angiomatosis and bacillary peliosis hepatis, the development of the concept of palisaded neutrophilic and granulomatous dermatitis, the application of first morphometric and then molecular studies to melanocytic neoplasms and the initial description of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis.


Dr. LeBoit has written over 250 peer reviewed publications, over 25 book chapters, and co-edited the dermatology textbook, Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery. Another major project for the World Health Organization was editing the WHO "blue book" Skin Tumors. Dr. Massi and Dr. LeBoit authored the textbook, Histologic Diagnosis of Nevi and Melanoma, the second edition of which was published in 2014. Dr. LeBoit has given over 400 invited lectures in North and South America, Europe and Asia.


Dr. LeBoit served as editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Dermatopathology from 1997-2006, served as an associate editor of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, and am currently an editor of Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery. Dr. LeBoit's service to the International Society of Dermatopathology includes membership on the executive committee and terms as Secretary-Treasurer and as President of the Society (2004-7). Dr. LeBoit have received the Ackerman Award from the International Society of Dermatopathology, and am the only person who has received both the Founders Award and the Pinkus Award from the American Society of Dermatopathology.

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