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Esther Oliva, MD

  • Associate Pathologist, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School


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Dr. Oliva is widely recognized as an authority in gynecologic pathology. Her research is mainly focused on neoplastic diseases involving the female genital tract and the genitourinary tract.



Centers & Specialties

Cancer Center

Clinical Interests
  • Gynecologic pathology
  • Genitourinary pathology
  • Frozen Section Pathology
Medical Education
  • MD, University of Barcelona Faculty of Medicine
  • Residency, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau|Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau
Board Certifications
  • Anatomic Pathology
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - New York
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
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She is a frequently invited guest speaker on subjects in her areas of expertise in the United States and around the world. She was the codirector of the GYN LONG COURSE in the 2015 United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology. She serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Surgical Pathology, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Human Pathology, International Journal of Gynecologic Pathology, Advances in Anatomic Pathology, Modern Pathology, Seminars in Diagnostic Pathology, and Pathology (Australia). She is the secretary of the International Society of Gynecological Pathology. She has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles, is co-editor of the book "Gynecologic Pathology" (Foundations in Diagnostic Pathology series), editor of the monograph Current Concepts in Gynecologic Pathology: Mesenchymal Tumors of the Female Genital Tract" and co-editor of the book "Diagnostic Pathology Gynecologic" from Amirsys, and has participated extensively in the latest WHO of "Tumors of the Female Genital Tract". Her research is mainly focused on neoplastic diseases involving the female genital tract (with a particular interest in mesenchymal tumors at morphologic, translational and molecular levels) and the genitourinary tract.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

Research Interests include pathology and molecular biology of gynecologic malignancies, renal and testicular tumors. She is a member of the Gillette Center for Gynecologic Oncology's Clinical Research laboratory at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. For more information about research concepts, co-authors, timeline, and more, visit Dr. Oliva's profile at the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

  1. Sclerosing Stromal Tumors With Prominent Luteinization During Pregnancy: A Report of 8 Cases Emphasizing Diagnostic Problems. Bennett JA, Oliva E, Young RH. Int J Gynecol Pathol. 2015 Apr 3. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Giant Cell Tumor of the Uterus: A Report of 3 Cases With a Spectrum of Morphologic Features. Bennett JA, Sanada S, Selig MK, Hariri LP, Nielsen GP, Oliva E. Int J Gynecol Pathol. 2015 Apr 3. [Epub ahead of print]
  3. SMARCB1-deficient Vulvar Neoplasms: A Clinicopathologic, Immunohistochemical, and Molecular Genetic Study of 14 Cases.

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Pathology Associates
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Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone: 617-724-8272617-726-2967
Fax: 617-726-7474

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