Hector Battifora

Hector Battifora


Born: Lima, Peru

Academic Degrees

  • BS: University of St. Marcos, Lima, Peru 1950
  • MD: University of St. Marcos, Medical School, Lima, Peru 1957

Academic Positions

  • 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."


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