Jennifer Picarsic, MD
Assistant Professor of Pathology

Dr. Picarsic has been recently appointed as the Director of Informatics at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Picarsic joined the group after completing her training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology in 2011 at UPMC and her Pediatric Pathology Fellowship at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in 2012. Dr. Picarsic's academic interests are in the fields of heart transplant pathology, molecular pathology, and histocytic disorders.

Office Location:
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children's Hospital Drive
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Contact Information:
Office Telephone: 412-692-5650
Fax: 412-692-6550


  • MD - University of Pittsburgh, 2007
  • BS - Dickinson College, summa cum laude, 2003


  • Diplomat of the American Board of Pathology
  • American Board of Pathology, Combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
  • American Board of Pediatric Pathology


  • Pediatric Pathology

Awards and Honors

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • UPSOM, American Society of Clinical Pathology Award for Academic Excellence
  • UPSOM, Robert E. Lee Award for Excellence in Anatomic Pathology

Clinical Experties

Diagnostic general pediatric pathology with a special interest in:
  • Childhood histiocytoses
  • Pediatric transplantation pathology
  • Pathology informatics

Research Experties

  • The histiocytic disorders of childhood, including Langerhans cell histiocytosis, juvenile xanthogranuloma, Rosai-Dorfman disease and the hemophagocytic lympho-histiocytoses
  • Pediatric transplantation pathology, heart and lung, post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders
  • Molecular diagnostics of pediatric diseases

Selected Publications

View Dr. Picarsic's publications on PubMed

Picarsic J, Egeler RM, Chikwava K, Patterson K, Jaffe R. Histologic patterns of thymic involvement in Langerhans cell proliferations: a clinicopathologic study and review of the literature. Pediatr Dev Pathol. 2015 Mar-Apr;18(2):127-38

Buryk M, Picarsic J, Creary SE, Shaw PH, Simons JP, Deutsch M, Monaco SE, Nikiforov Y, Witchel S. Identification of unique heterozygous germline mutation, STK11 (p.F354L), in a child with encapsulated follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma within 6 months of completing treatment for neuroblastoma. Pediatr Dev Pathol. 2015 Mar 9

Buryk MA, Simons JP, Picarsic J, Monaco SE, Ozolek JA, Joyce J, Gurtunca N, Nikiforov YE, Feldman Witchel S. Can malignant thyroid nodules be distinguished from benign thyroid nodules in children and adolescents by clinical characteristics? A review of 89 pediatric patients with thyroid nodules. Thyroid. 2015 Apr;25(4):392-400

Picarsic J, Reyes-Múgica M. Phenotype and immunophenotype of the most common pediatric tumors. Appl Immunohistochem Mol Morphol. 2015 May-Jun;23(5):313-26.