Joanne K. L. Rutgers, MD

Associate Clinical Professor of Pathology, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
Clinical Professor of Pathology (Voluntary), U of California, Irvine

Phone: 310-423-6623


  • Gynecological Pathology
  • Gastrointestinal Pathology
  • Cytopathology

Education and Training

  • University of California, San Diego, MD
  • Internship in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, LAC+USC, Los Angeles, CA
  • Residency in Anatomic Pathology, Montefiore and New York University, New York, NY
  • Residency in Clinical Pathology, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA
  • Research Fellowship in Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Medical Board Certification

  • Board Certified, Anatomic Pathology
  • Board Certified, Clinical Pathology
  • Board Certified, Cytopathology

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Gynecologic and gastrointestinal tumors
  • Gyn and Non-gyn cytology, and fine needle aspiration biopsy

Awards and Activities

  • Editorial Board, International Journal of Gynecological Pathology
  • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Teaching, Biomedical Sciences University of California Riverside
  • Anatomic Pathology Annual Faculty Teaching Award, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Selected Publications

  • Diaz De Vivar A, Roma AA, Park KJ, Alvarado-Cabrero I, Rasty G, Chanona-Vilchis JG, Mikami Y, Hong SR, Arville B, Teramoto N, Ali-Fehmi R, Rutgers JK, Tabassum F, Barbuto D, Aguilera-Barrantes I, Shaye-Brown A, Daya D, Silva EG.
    Invasive Endocervical Adenocarcinoma: Proposal for a New Pattern-based Classification System With Significant Clinical Implications: A Multi-institutional Study. Int J Gynecol Pathol. 2013 Nov;32(6):592-601
  • Jordan SM, Watanabe T, Osann K, Monk BJ, Lin F, Rutgers JK. Desmoplastic stromal response as defined by positive α-smooth muscle actin staining is predictive of invasion in adenocarcinoma of the uterine cervix. Int J Gynecol Pathol. 2012 Jul;31(4):369-76
  • Rutgers JK. Müllerian mucinous borderline tumors. Hum Pathol. 2010 Jan;41(1):151;
  • Karamurzin Y, Rutgers JK. DNA mismatch repair deficiency in endometrial carcinoma. Int J Gynecol Pathol. 2009 May;28(3):239-55.