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Drucilla Jane Roberts, MD

Associate Pathologist, Massachusetts General Hospital

Subspecialy Head, Obstetric and Perinatal Pathology

Associate Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Roberts provides consultative services at Mass General and in programs on the content of Africa. She presents cases at weekly multidiciplinary perinatal, and genetics and obstetric ultrasound conferences.

Department of Pathology


  • Cancer Center
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Transplant Center
  • Pediatric Transplant Surgery
Clinical Interests
Obstetric pathology
Autopsy Pathology
Gynecologic pathology
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, Harvard Medical School
Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Board Certifications
Anatomic Pathology, American Board of Pathology
Patient Age Group
Adult and pediatric
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients


Dr. Roberts's area of expertise and interest is in perinatal pathology - surgical and autopsy pathology.  She has a special interest in understanding the biology and clinical significance of pathologic findings. She has been invited to participate in the NICHD?s ?white paper? meetings for the Human Placental Project in 2014 and 2015. She works on perinatal projects focusing on the placenta both in the US and internationally.  She is active in global health working in teaching and practice (anatomic pathology and laboratory services) in sub-Saharan Africa and has projects including placental malaria, stillbirths, and autopsy pathology in resource-poor settings. She directed the first ever Harvard Medical School CME course in Sub-Saharan Africa titled "The contribution of anatomic pathology to the health of women and children" with faculty from the USA, South Africa, and Ethiopia in 2011 and in Nigeria in 2013. In 2012 she participated in the Multidisciplinary Cancer Management Course (MCMC), in Eldoret, Kenya, presented by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in partnership with ASCP and the Academic Model for the Provision of Access to Health Care (AMPATH). Dr. Roberts is interested in highlighting the improvements pathologists can make for all patients. Her aim is to raise awareness of issues that can lead to improvements in pathology especially in sub-Saharan Africa.


My clinical interests are focused on perinatal pathology and the biology of histopathologic findings. I aim to understand the influences of maternal and fetal pathology on the placenta in order to predict neonatal outcome. I am investigating stillbirth, as the cause of death in up to 80% of third trimester stillbirths is not understood.

I am involved in providing pathology services and education to the developing world, especially sub-Saharan Africa. Current studies include looking at placental sequestration of malaria, effects of biomass on placental development via cooking fuels, alcohol exposure effects on the placenta, and causes of stillbirth. I am involved with humanitarian efforts that include building, equipping, and sustaining a clinical laboratory with fine needle aspiration services in Adua, Ethiopia. In 2011, I directed the first Harvard CME Pathology course in Sub-Saharan Africa titled "The contribution of anatomic pathology to the health of women and children", and hope to offer more in African countries. Another goal is to offer satellite availability for African pathologists to attend courses from our department in the United States. For more information about research concepts, co-authors, and to see a timeline, visit Dr. Robert's profile at the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

  1. Some future plans for Transfusion Medicine. Roberts DJ. Transfus Med. 2015 Feb;25(1):1. No abstract available.
  2. Storage of washed or irradiated red cells in AS-7 improves their in vitro characteristics. Proffitt S, Thomas S, Swann I, Popovsky MA, Smith DJ, Roberts DJ, Cardigan R.Vox Sang. 2015 Apr 20.[Epub ahead of print]
  3. The incidence of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism with the elective use of external fixators. Roberts DJ, Panagiotidou A, Sewell M, Calder P, Goodier D. Strategies Trauma Limb Reconstr. 2015 Apr 22. [Epub ahead of print]

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