Born: Lima, Peru
- BS: University of St. Marcos, Lima, Peru 1950
- MD: University of St. Marcos, Medical School, Lima, Peru 1957
- 1965 - 1969 Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois
- 1969 - 1981 Associate Professor, then Professor of Pathology, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois
- 1981 - 1997 Director of Surgical Pathology, then Chairman (1987), Division of Pathology, City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, California
- 1998 - 1999 Medical Director, Pacific Coast Medical Laboratories
- University Hospitals, Lima, Peru
- St. Elizabeth Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
- Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
Selected Career Highlights
Early major contributions to the diagnostic uses of the transmission electronmicroscope in surgical pathology.
Major contributions to the diagnostic and prognostic use of immunohistochemistry in surgical pathology.
Gave numerous Short Courses on Electronmicroscopy and in Immunohistochemistry at the USCAP.
Created the "sausage" and "checkerboard" multi-tumor blocks which led to the development of the currently popular/useful tissue microarrays.
Member of the Pathology B Study Section of the NIH.
Did an illuminating/lifestyle changing sabbatical year under Nobel Laureate Professor Renato Dulbecco (which persuaded Dr. Battifora to move his family to sunny California).
President of the Arthur Purdy Stout Society (1992-1994).
Author of 20 book chapters and over 175 peer-reviewed articles.
Awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Society of Pathologists (2006).
Member, Editorial Boards (15 Editorial Boards) including:
- AIMM (Associate Editor)
- Applied Immunohistochemistry (Editor)
- Clinical Cancer Research
- Clinical Proteomics
- Human Pathology
- International Journal of Surgical Pathology
- Modern Pathology
- Seminars in Diagnostic Pathology
- The American Journal of Clinical Pathology
- The American Journal of Surgical Pathology
- The Breast Journal
- Ultrastructural Pathology
Awarded a Honoris Causa doctorate from the prestigious/historic University of Salamanca, Spain.
Proud of his many disciples who trained in his laboratory and become his collaborators and, particularly, of their independent contributions to Pathology.
Hobbies include his carpentry shop and its products.
Married to "his beautiful wife, Marina, for her great singing, cheerful companionship and her unrelenting patience."