Brian Datnow, M.D.

Brian Datnow, MD

  • Professor
  • Director, Pathology Residents Training Program
  • M.D. - University of Witwaterstrand , 1970
  • Residency Training: Peter Bent Brigham Hospital Boston, Massachusetts
  • Board Certifications: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

Research Interests

Dr. Datnow is involved in several studies including a 5-year NIH grant researching protein tyrosine kinase in leiomyomata uteri and also a project on p27 tumor suppressor protein in invasive melanoma.

Representative Publications

  1. Noskoviak, K and Datnow, B (2006) Ovarian Brenner tumour with associated stromal sarcoma. Histopathology 48(4): 467-469.
  2. 2. Denicourt, C., Saenz, C.C., Datnow, B., Xian-Shu C. and Dowdy, S.F. (2006) Cytoplasmic p27Kip1 Tumor Suppressor Protein Functions as a Metastatic Oncogene in Invasive Melanoma. Ready for submission.
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Brian Datnow graduated in Medicine from the University of Witwaterstrand School of Medicine in 1970 and completed his internship in Surgery (six months) and Medicine (six months), at Johannesburg General Hospital in 1971. After coming to the United States in 1972, he completed a residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital Boston Massachusetts 1972-1976. In conjunction with this he held a position as a Clinical Teaching Fellow at Harvard Medical School from 1973-1976. In 1978, his final year of residency training, he was Chief Resident in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. After residency training, Dr. Datnow was appointed Associate Pathologist at Norwood Hospital in Massachusetts where he worked from 1976-1977. From 1977-1985 he worked a Scripps Memorial Hospital where was Associate Pathologist.

When the Scripps Memorial Hospital pathologists formed and independent practice, he became an Associate Pathologist with Palmer Medical Group from 1985-1989. Concurrently, from 1983-1997, he was the laboratory director at Harborview Medical Center, in addition to his consulting practice in the community. From 1997-1998 he was a Staff Pathologist at Scripps Memorial Hospital. From 1998-2000, Dr. Datnow was Clinical Associate Professor (non-salaried) on the clinical staff at UCSD as a MCP contract surgical pathologist. In December 2000, Dr. Datnow was appointed as Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Pathology at UCSD, and then promoted to Professor in 2006. In July 2006 he was appointed Director of the Pathology Residents Training Program.

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