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.
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.