Joanne K. L. Rutgers, MD

Professor of Pathology
Senior Attending Pathologist

Phone: 310-423-6623


  • Gynecological Pathology
  • Gastrointestinal Pathology
  • Cytopathology

Education and Training

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

Medical Board Certification

  • Anatomic Pathology
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Cytopathology

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Classification of endocervical adenocarcinoma based on pathologic patterns
  • Mullerian mucinous ovarian tumors
  • Morphology and molecular pathology of endometrial adenocarcinoma
  • Gyn and Non-gyn cytology, and fine needle aspiration biopsy
  • Clinical relevance of pathologic findings in outcomes of pancreatic cancer

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Editorial Board, International Journal of Gynecological Pathology
  • Member of Endometrial Cancer working group, International Society of Gynecological Pathology
  • Lecturer and Tumor Board participant, 4th International Gynecologic Cancer Society regional meeting, Santiago, Chile
  • Organizer, slide seminars & Talbert Memorial Lecture at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center featuring Robert E. Scully, M.D.
  • John E. Gunning Teaching Award for Outstanding Clinical Faculty Teaching, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
  • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Teaching, Biomedical Sciences University of California Riverside
  • Anatomic Pathology Annual Faculty Teaching Award, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
  • The Munzer Family Award for excellence in medical teaching and research at LBMMC
  • Robert E. Scully Award for Best Paper in 2013, International Society of Gynecological Pathologists


  • Associate Clinical Professor of Pathology, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
  • Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute (SOCCI)

Selected Publications

Click here for a list of peer-reviewed publications by Joanne K.L. Rutgers, MD