Pavlisko Appointed Chief of Pulmonary/Thoracic Pathology Service

Elizabeth Pavlisko, MD has been appointed Chief of the Pulmonary/Thoracic Pathology Service

We are very pleased to announce that Elizabeth Pavlisko, MD has been appointed Chief of the Pulmonary/Thoracic Pathology Service.

Dr. Pavlisko completed her residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology followed by a Pulmonary Pathology fellowship in our department and joined the faculty at 2011. During her training, Dr. Pavlisko was mentored by Drs. Victor Roggli and Thomas Sporn, two of the world’s leading Pulmonary Pathologist with expertise in pneumoconiosis and mesothelioma. Since starting her independent position, Dr. Pavlisko has developed expertise in neoplastic and non-neoplastic diseases of the lung and mediastinum with a special interest in lung transplantation and diseases of the pleura for which she is widely recognized as an authority.

Dr. Pavlisko’s clinical activities encompass pulmonary/thoracic and cardiovascular pathology, including transplantation, biomarker testing and autopsy pathology. Her primary research focus has centered on malignant mesothelioma and chronic lung allograft dysfunction (CLAD). She has published over 40 manuscripts and has 6 book chapters, the latter all centered on occupational diseases of the lungs and pleura. Since 2017, Dr. Pavlisko has co-chaired the lung steering committee for the Banff Foundation for Allograft Pathology. She is also an active member of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. Dr. Pavlisko has collaborations with the Departments of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine and Cardiothoracic Surgery.

In addition to her clinical and research activities, Dr. Pavlisko is active in Duke University Hospital’s Clinical Laboratories and currently serves as the Associate Medical Director of the Division of Anatomic Pathology and Digital Analytics (DAPDA), which includes leadership roles in the Immunopathology Laboratory as well as Image Cytometry Laboratory.

Please join me in thanking Dr. Thomas Sporn for his many years of dedication and service to the Duke Health System and congratulating Dr. Pavlisko in her new role.


Jiaoti Huang, MD, PhD