Martha Bishop Pitman, MD
Associate Pathologist, Massachusetts General Hospital
Subspecialty Head and Director, Cytopathology Laboratory
Associate Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Pitman is a specialist in cytopathology and gastrointestinal surgical pathology. She provides consulting services in both, and is a leading international expert in pancreatic cytology, especially pancreatic cyst cytology.
- Department of Pathology
- Cancer Center
- Head & Neck Cancers
- Gastrointestinal Cancers
- Liver Cancer
- Stomach Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Gallbladder Cancer
- Breast Evaluation
- Breast Cancer
- Cervical Cancer
- Esophageal Cancer
- Colorectal Cancer
- Clinical Interests
- Gastrointestinal (GI) pathology
- Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
- Medical Education
- MD, Medical University of South Carolina
- Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
- Board Certifications
- Anatomic Pathology & Clinical Pathology, American Board of Pathology
- Cytopathology, American Board of Pathology
- Accepting New Patients
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- Insurances Accepted
- Aetna Health Inc.
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Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
OSW - Maine
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OSW - Vermont
Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
Railroad Medicare - ACD
Senior Whole Health
Tufts Health Plan
United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
Dr. Pitman received her anatomic, clinical and cytopathology training at the Massachusetts General Hospital and also trained in fine needle aspiration biopsy technique at the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden with Dr. Torsten Lowhagen. Dr. Pitman is board certified in anatomical, clinical and cytopathology. She received her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and her BS degree in chemistry from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.
Dr. Pitman joined the staff of the Massachusetts General Hospital following her training in 1991 and is currently Associate Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Cytopathology Laboratory of the Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition to cytopathology, Dr. Pitman is a member of the Gastrointestinal Surgical Pathology Unit. She has an active consultation practice in cytopathology in general, but in pancreatic cytology in particular, especially pancreatic cyst cytology.
Dr. Pitman's primary research interests are in fine needle aspiration biopsy of the liver and pancreas. Her focus of research is on current methods of pre-operative diagnosis of pancreatic cysts, particularly mucinous cysts of the pancreas. Her contributions to the field have centered on defining, describing and standardizing the role of cytopathology in the preoperative diagnosis of pancreatic cysts culminating in an international reputation as one of the top world experts and leaders in the field of pancreaticobiliary cytology. She is co-author the 4th series AFIP fascicle on Tumors of the Pancreas.
View my most recent publications at PubMed
- Circulating tumor cells found in patients with localized and advanced pancreatic cancer. Kulemann B, Pitman MB, Liss AS, Valsangkar N, Fern?ndez-Del Castillo C, Lillemoe KD, Hoeppner J, Mino-Kenudson M, Warshaw AL, Thayer SP. Pancreas. 2015 May;44(4):547-50
- Nodular fasciitis clinically presenting as a sarcoma. Scourtas A, Pitman MB, Chebib I. Diagn Cytopathol. 2015 Jun;43(6):488-9. doi: 10.1002/dc.23214. Epub 2014 Nov 3. No abstract available.
- Characterization of epithelial subtypes of intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm of the pancreas with endoscopic ultrasound and cyst fluid analysis. Yoon WJ, Daglilar ES, Mino-Kenudson M, Morales-Oyarvide V, Pitman MB, Brugge WR. Endoscopy. 2014 Dec;46(12):1071-7. doi: 10.1055/s-0034-1377629. Epub 2014 Sep 10.
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