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Deborah Ann Belchis, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Research Interests: Pneumothorax syndrome; Pulmonary pathology; Pediatric tumors; Cytopathology; Surgical pathology; Cytology
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
600 N. Wolfe Street
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224 map
Dr. Deborah A. Belchis is an associate professor of pathology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Belchis was the first to recognize the pathologic changes of familial Amish hypercholanemia. She also studied the retinoblastoma pathway in osteosarcoma and developed an NIH-funded grading system for interstitial cystitis.
Dr. Belchis earned her M.D. and Ph.D. at the Albany Medical College of Union University. She completed an anatomic and clinical pathology residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center, as well as a medical internship at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. She also completed a cytopathology fellowship at University of North Carolina Hospitals.
Prior to joining the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2012, Dr. Belchis was in private practice in Baltimore, where she served as the pathology department chief/director of a number of anatomic and clinical pathology labs. She also served as Sinai Hospital’s Cancer Oncology Group institutional pathologist.
A surgical pathologist and cytopathologis, Dr. Belchis specializes in cytology, the study of cells. Her interests include pediatric tumors and pulmonary pathology, and she is currently concluding the clinico-pathologic description of a novel pneumothorax syndrome.
She has published more than 30 academic journal articles. Dr. Belchis is American Board of Pathology-certified in pediatric pathology, cytopathology, and anatomic and clinical pathology.
- Assistant Professor of Pathology
Centers & Institutes
- MD, Albany Medical College of Union University (1981)
- University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics / Pathology (1983)
- University of Rochester Medical Center / Pathology (1986)
- University of North Carolina Hospitals / Cytopathology (1987)
- American Board of Pathology / Anatomic & Clinical Pathology (1986)
- American Board of Pathology / Cytopathology (1997)
- American Board of Pathology / Pediatric Pathology (1999)
Research & Publications
A surgical pathologist and cytopathologist, Dr. Belchis is interested in defining and expanding the role of cytopathology in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
This work includes refining the panels of immunohistochemical stains to classify diseases such as malignancies or infections, performing molecular studies for targeted therapy, and identifying the cytologic features of newly described entities.
She conducts collaborative research with the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine, Division of Molecular Pathology, and Department of Medicine and International Health.
- Belchis D, Cowan M, Mortman K, Rezvani B. "Adenocarcinoma arising in an extralobar sequestration: a case report and review of the literature." Lung Cancer. 2014 Apr;84(1):92-5. doi: 10.1016/j.lungcan.2014.01.025. Epub 2014 Feb 3.
- Belchis D. "Cancer: It's All in the Family." Pathology Case Reviews. 2014 March;19(2);41-42.
- Belchis D. "Lymphangioleimyomatosis Is a Systemic Disorder Related to Mutated Tuberous Sclerosis Complex." Pathology Case Reviews. 2014 March;19(2)101-105.
- Rooper L, Gocke CD, Belchis DA. "Pleural Fluid Cytology of the Polymorphous Variant of EBV-Positive Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma: First Report and Distinction from a Reactive Process." Case Rep Pathol. 2013;2013:459279. doi: 10.1155/2013/459279. Epub 2013 Sep 3.
- Belchis DA, Shekitka K, Gocke CD. "Multi-institutional retrospective cohort study of spontaneous pneumothorax." Pathol Res Pract. 2013 Aug;209(8):486-9. doi: 10.1016/j.prp.2013.05.002. Epub 2013 May 25.
Belchis DA, Shekitka K, Gocke CD. A unique, histopathologic lesion in a subset of patients with spontaneous pneumothorax. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2012 Dec; 136(12): 1522-1527.