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Michelle S. Hirsch [M.D., Ph.D.]

  • Titles : Chief, Genitourinary Pathology Division and Associate Professor of Pathology
  • Affiliations : Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School

  • Graduated with a BS from the University of California at Davis in 1991
  • Graduated with a PhD from Boston University School of Medicine in1996
  • Graduated with a MD from Boston University School of Medicine in1999
  • Pathology residency (AP) and fellowship training (GU/GYN) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School (1999-2003)
  • Board Certified in Anatomic Pathology in 2003
  • Chief, Genitourinary (GU) Pathology Division starting in 2010
  • Associate Professor of Pathology in 2012
  • Prior USCAP Education Committee member; USCAP Mentoring Program prior President of the New England Society of Pathologist; member of the Genitourinary Pathology Society (GUPS), member of the International Society of Urologic Pathologists (ISUP)
  • Awardee, Bridging Boundaries Clinical Faculty Award, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 2020; Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Pathology Pier Paci Teaching Award (chosen by BWH residents and fellows), 201
  • Invited Speaker at Pathotim 2019 in Timisoara, Romania; participate in multiple CME courses (pathology and urology); give invited didactic and slide seminar lectures at multiple academic institutions

  • I received a PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology prior to my MD; I became interested in pathology by dissecting cadavers
  • I raise awareness and money for those with Neurofibromatosis (my daughter has NF1)
  • I am a baseball/softball/hockey/volleyball mom
  • I am a Red Sox fan
  • I am a Parrothead
  • I am a Princess Bride fan

  • Being a mom
  • Mentoring

Recent Review Articles:

  • Baniak N, Tsai H, Hirsch MS.  Medullary Based Renal Tumors.  Arch Pathol Lab Med.  2020 (in press)
  • Gordetsky JB, Hirsch MS, Rais-Bahrami S.  MRI-Targeted Prostate Biopsy: Key Considerations for Pathologists.  Histopathol, 2020 Jul;77(1):18-25.
  • Hirsch MS and Watkins J.  A Comprehensive Review of Biomarker Use in the Gynecologic Tract Including Differential Diagnoses and Diagnostic Pitfalls.  Adv Anatomic Pathol, 2020 May;27(3):164-192.

  • A Practical Guide to Solving Diagnostic Problems in Breast, Genitourinary, Liver, Gastrointestinal and Pancreatic-Billiary Pathology

Past Lectures

  • Having Fun with Testicular Tumors (02/04/2021)
  • Practical Points and Biomarkers in GU Pathology (02/04/2021)
  • A Contemporary Approach to Prostatic Adenocarcinoma, Including Poor Prognostic Indicators (02/03/2021)
  • Updates in Oncocytic Adult Renal Neoplasia (02/02/2021)
  • Updates and Approach to the WHO Classification of Adult Renal Neoplasia, including Medullary-Based Renal Neoplasia (02/01/2021)


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