Bruce R. Pawel, M.D. is a Clinical Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, and the Chief of Anatomic Pathology at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Pawel's main research interest is in the diagnoses of childhood solid tumors, such as neuroblastoma, rhabdomyosarcoma and malignant rhabdoid tumor of childhood. These solid tumors can be devastating to young children, and chances for cure are small when these tumors have become disseminated. Dr. Pawel is committed to team-based translational research, using his expertise in histology, immunohistochemistry, tissue microarray construction, digital pathology and pathologic analysis of murine tumor models to assist and complement the efforts of physician-scientist colleagues. His current research efforts are focused on 1) immunohistochemical validation of candidate proteins in tumor tissue that can be targeted for therapy and 2) histo-morphometric analysis of neuroblastoma.
Dr. Pawel serves on the Editorial Boards of Pediatric and Developmental Pathology and Modern Pathology and sits on the executive committee of the International Paediatric Pathology Association (IPPA), also serving as current Resident Tutor for the annual IPPA Advanced Course in Pediatric Pathology. He is the COG Responsible Investigator for pathology at CHLA, a COG reviewer and an active mentor in the COG Young Investigator Program. A recipient of a Certificate of Appreciation from the American Board of Pathology in 2018, Bruce served for 10 years on the Pediatric Pathology Test Development Advisory Committee.
Dr. Pawel received his medical degree from Rutgers University (New Jersey Medical School), where he also completed his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology. He completed a fellowship in pediatric pathology at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, OH, and is board certified in Pediatric Pathology.