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Tufts MC names new Pathologist-in-Chief


Dr. Ming Zhou has been named Pathologist-in-ChiefTufts Medical Center announced today that Ming Zhou, MD, PhD, a world-renowned urological pathologist, researcher and academic, has been named Pathologist-in-Chief, effective June 10. Dr. Zhou also will hold the title of Chair of the Department of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Tufts University School of Medicine. 

“Dr. Zhou is a world-renowned urological pathologist who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Tufts Medical Center,” said Michael Apkon, MD, PhD, President and CEO of Tufts Medical Center. “He is an excellent leader who will continue to enhance the quality and efficiency of laboratory services for our patients and physicians by applying the newest science and technologies.” 

Prior to joining Tufts Medical Center, Dr. Zhou was Director of Anatomic Pathology and the Dr. Charles T. Ashworth Professor of Pathology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. In that capacity, he managed 40 pathologists in three large hospitals and ran anatomic pathology labs in two hospitals that provide highly complex tests for patient care, and bridge the basic and clinical research needs. 

Dr. Zhou graduated summa cum laude with an MD degree from Fudan University Medical School in Shanghai, China and earned a PhD degree in molecular biology from the University of Cincinnati. He completed his pathology residency training at the University of Michigan and a fellowship in urological and kidney diseases at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. 

“Dr. Zhou has an impeccable reputation, academic experience and depth of research accomplishments that make him an incredible addition to Tufts Medical Center,” said Craig Best, MD, MPH, President and CEO of the Tufts Medical Center Physicians Organization. “We perform more than 18,000 surgical cases, 9,000 cytology specimens and 3.5 million clinical tests annually, in a wide variety of areas in both anatomic and clinical pathology, which are crucial in assisting our clinicians in making diagnoses and treatment decisions for patients.” 

Dr. Zhou has devoted his clinical and research effort to diagnostic urological pathology, and discovery and validation of tumor markers for urological malignancy. He has authored more than 170 research articles, 30 review articles and numerous book chapters, and is the editor of four textbooks of urological and prostate pathology. He served on the Cancer Committee of the College of American Pathologists and is the primary author of the genitourinary cancer protocols, the guidelines for practicing pathologists on diagnosis and reporting genitourinary cancers. He serves on the editorial board of several pathology journals, including Modern Pathology and Pathology International.

He also is an acclaimed teacher and has trained urological pathologists from across the country. He has lectured at more than 130 national and international meetings on urological pathology. He is the President-elect of the Genitourinary Pathology Society, an international organization of urological pathologists. 

Dr. Zhou makes his home in Boston, MA, where he lives with his wife, Dr. Lan Zhou. They have two grown children. 


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