Patrick J. Cimino M.D., Ph.D.

Patrick J. Cimino M.D., Ph.D.


  • English


  • Brain Tumors
  • Neurology
  • Pathology


Dr. Cimino's clinical specialty includes neuropathology and ophthalmic pathology, with a particular interest in molecular neuro-oncology. He received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude in biochemistry and neurobiology from the University of Washington in 2004. He then earned combined M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Washington, Seattle. Following his doctoral training, he completed a combined anatomic pathology residency and neuropathology fellowship program at Washington University in St. Louis/Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

In addition to a strong commitment to clinical work, his research efforts focus on developing and leveraging experimental models of brain tumors to understand the cellular, genetic and molecular effectors that promote or limit brain tumor progression. The goal of his research is to use in vitro and in vivo experimental models as a means of discovering novel mechanisms underlying brain tumorigenesis, which could be translated into clinical diagnostics, therapeutics or prognostic/predictive risk assessment.

Patient Care Philosophy

The patient always comes first. Although patients rarely meet (or are aware) of their pathologist, I spend my time on clinical service solely focused on the well-being of the patients whose tissue I diagnose. I believe that excellence in pathology not only includes assuring as much diagnostic accuracy as possible, but also providing open communication between clinicians and myself to help the diagnosis fit into the overall management of patients.

Clinical Interests

Neuropathology; molecular neuro-oncology; molecular diagnostics; brain tumors.

Research Interests

Brain tumors; molecular neuro-oncology; diagnostics.


Institution Credential Year
Univ. of Washington, School of Medicine Undergraduate Education
Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital Residency
Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital Fellowship
Univ. of Washington, School of Medicine Medical education 2011