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Laura Pincus [M.D.]

  • Titles : Assistant Professor
  • Affiliations : UCSF School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA

I earned my undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University. During medical school, I received a Howard-Hughes fellowship to spend a year in a basic science laboratory studying T-cell trafficking to the skin. After medical school, I completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital and then moved to San Francisco for residency in dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).  Following residency, I spent a year conducting clinical research in cutaneous lymphoma while also working in the Cutaneous Lymphoma Clinic at UCSF. The subsequent year, I completed a fellowship in dermatopathology at UCSF.

In 2009, I received the Weedon Award, given by International Society of Dermatopathology, for the best article published in the American Journal of Dermatopathology.   The publication examined the relationship between subcutaneous panniculitis-like T cell lymphoma and lupus erythematosus. 

I joined the faculty of the UCSF Dermatopathology Service in 2010. I both serve as a dermatopathologist and the Co-Director of the Cutaneous Lymphoma Clinic. My areas of interest include cutaneous lymphomas, connective tissue diseases, cutaneous infectious diseases, and melanocytic neoplasms. I enjoy teaching residents and medical students both dermatology and dermatopathology. 

  1. Shain AHYeh I, Kovalyshyn I, Sriharan A, Talevich E, Gagnon A, Dummer R, North JPincus L, Ruben B, Rickaby W, D'Arrigo C, Robson A, Bastian BC. The Genetic Evolution of Melanoma from Precursor Lesions. N Engl J Med. 2015 Nov 12; 373(20):1926-36. PMID: 26559571.
  2. Ai WZ, Keegan TH, Press DJ, Yang J, Pincus LB, Kim YH, Chang ET. Outcomes after diagnosis of mycosis fungoides and Sézary syndrome before 30 years of age: a population-based study. JAMA Dermatol. 2014 Jul; 150(7):709-15. PMID: 24718769.
  3. Naujokas A, Charli-Joseph Y, Ruben BS, Yeh ILeBoit PEMcCalmont THPincus LB. SOX-10 expression in cutaneous myoepitheliomas and mixed tumors. J Cutan Pathol. 2014 Apr; 41(4):353-63. PMID: 24329979.
  4. Salva KA, Haemel AKPincus LBLiu JSundram UGuitart J, Longley BJ, Wood GS. Expression of CD31/PECAM-1 (platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule 1) by blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasms. JAMA Dermatol. 2014 Jan; 150(1):73-6. PMID: 24225899; PMCID: PMC4058994.
  5. Kanada KNSchwartz BSPincus LBBerger TGJacobs RAShinkai K. A therapeutic trial of antituberculous therapy for suspected lupus vulgaris: How long does it take to see clinical improvement? J Am Acad Dermatol. 2013 Nov; 69(5):e252-4. PMID: 24124850.
  6. Berliner JGHaemel ALeBoit PEPincus LB. The sarcoidal variant of annular elastolytic granuloma. J Cutan Pathol. 2013 Nov; 40(11):918-20. PMID: 24320806.
  7. Belani H, Gensler L, Bajpai U, Meinhardt E, Graf JPincus LLeslie KS. Neutrophilic urticaria with systemic inflammation: a case series. JAMA Dermatol. 2013 Apr; 149(4):453-8. PMID: 23715523.
  8. Guitart J, Weisenburger DD, Subtil A, Kim E, Wood G, Duvic M, Olsen E, Junkins-Hopkins J, Rosen S,Sundram U, Ivan D, Selim MAPincus L, Deonizio JM, Kwasny MKim YH. Cutaneous ?d T-cell lymphomas: a spectrum of presentations with overlap with other cytotoxic lymphomas. Am J Surg Pathol. 2012 Nov; 36(11):1656-65. PMID: 23073324.
  9. Hall BJ, Pincus LBYu SSOh DH, Wilson AR, McCalmont TH. Immunohistochemical prognostication of Merkel cell carcinoma: p63 expression but not polyomavirus status correlates with outcome. J Cutan Pathol. 2012 Oct; 39(10):911-7. PMID: 22882157.

  • Dermatopathology in Paradise: Highlighting Oral Pathology, Soft Tissue Tumors and Lymphoma

Past Lectures

  • Instructive Cases from the UCSF Dermatopathology Unit (10/21/2015)
  • Lymphomas in the Subcutis: Pearls and Pitfalls (10/20/2015)
  • Cutaneous Lymphoma Potpourri: Small-Medium Pleomorphic T-Cell Lymphoma, CD30-Positive Lymphoproliferative Disorder, B-Cell Lymphomas and More (10/20/2015)
  • Panel: Diagnostic Challenges in Cutaneous Lymphoma (10/19/2015)
  • Mycosis Fungoides and Seazary Syndrome: Conventional and Unconventional Presentations (10/19/2015)


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