Presidents – Dr. David Klimstra

Pancreatobiliary Pathology Society Presidents

David Klimstra, MD


Dr. Klimstra is an Attending Pathologist and Chairman of the Department of Pathology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK).  He holds the James Ewing Alumni Chair in Pathology and is also a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine.  He received his MD from Yale University, where he also trained as a resident in Anatomic Pathology.  He received fellowship training in oncologic surgical pathology at MSK.  His research has focused on the pathologic characterization of tumors of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, and pancreas.  His studies have correlated specific pathologic features of tumors with their clinical biology and molecular genetics.  He has a particular interest in precursors to pancreatic cancer and has characterized the pathologic features of several such entities.  Recent work has focused on the classification, grading and pathogenesis of neuroendocrine tumors of the gut and pancreas.  Dr. Klimstra has authored over 435 primary articles on these topics, along with numerous review articles and book chapters. He has co-authored the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology tumor fascicles on Tumors of the Pancreas and Tumors of the Gallbladder, Extrahepatic Bile Ducts, and Ampulla of Vater, and he participated on the Expert Editorial Board for the most recent World Health Organization classifications of tumors of the Digestive System and of the Endocrine Organs.  He has lectured throughout the world, and he received several teaching awards.  Dr. Klimstra delivered the keynote Maude Abbott Lecture at the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology in 2019.  He has also received the Team Science Award from the American Association of Cancer Research and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from MSK.