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Deborah Ann Belchis, M.D.

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Expertise: Pathology

Research Interests: Pneumothorax syndrome; Pulmonary pathology; Pediatric tumors; Cytopathology; Surgical pathology; Cytology


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Phone: 410-550-0671

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

4940 Eastern Avenue
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Phone: 410-550-0671


Dr. Deborah A. Belchis is an assistant 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 surgical pathology fellowship at University of North Carolina Hospitals.

Prior to joining the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2012, Dr. Belchis spent four years at Oakland Children's Medical Center, followed by 9 years at Hershey Medical Center as an Associate Professor in Pathology and Pediatrics. In 2000 she transitioned to private practice in Baltimore, where she served as the Laboratory Director of Northwest Hospital. She also served as Sinai Hospital's Cancer Oncology Group institutional pathologist.

Her interests include pediatric tumors, tumor syndromes, and pulmonary pathology, 

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. more

Departments / Divisions



  • 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)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pathology / Anatomic & Clinical Pathology (1986)
  • American Board of Pathology / Cytopathology (1997)
  • American Board of Pathology / Pediatric Pathology (1999)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

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.

Selected Publications

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.

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