Tarik Tihan, MD, PhD

Tarik Tihan, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, UCSF

Phone: (415) 476-5236 (appts)
Box 0511, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-0511

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Cancer Center Membership

Associate Member » Neurologic Oncology


University of Istanbul, School of Medicine, MD, 1979-85, Medicine
University of Istanbul/Univ. Of Vienna, PhD, 1986-89, Biochemistry

Professional Experience

  • 1985-1986
    Kahramanmaras State Hospital, Department of Critical Care, Turkey. House Officer.
  • 1986-1989
    University of Istanbul, Istanbul Medical School, Department of Clinical Biochemistry. Clinical Instructor and Research Assistant.
  • 1988-1989
    University of Vienna, Department of Medical Chemistry, Austria. Research Assistant. Research Grant from the Austrian government, Ministry of Education, (Bundesministerium fuer Auswaertige Angelegenheiten).
  • 1989
    Doctorate, University of Istanbul, Department of Clinical Biochemistry. Diplomate of the Ministry of Health and Social Aid for the medical doctorate in Clinical Biochemistry.
  • 1989-1990
    University of South Florida, Department of Internal Medicine & H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. Research Associate.
  • 1991-1992
    Beth Israel Medical Center, Department of Neurosurgery. Manager of the Recanati Research Laboratory.
  • 1992-1994
    Beth Israel Medical Center, Department of Pathology, Resident
  • 1994-1995
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Department of Pathology. Fellow in Oncologic Pathology.
  • 1996
    American Board of Pathology Certificate of Anatomic Pathology.
  • 1995-1997
    State University of New York at Stony Brook, Department of Pathology. Fellow in Neuropathology.
  • 1997-2000
    Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Department of Pathology, Clinical Instructor. Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Department of Pathology. Attending Pathologist in Anatomic Pathology and Cytopathology.
  • 2000-2002
    Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Department of Pathology, Assistant Professor
  • 2002-present
    UCSF School of Medicine, Department of Pathology, Neuropathology Unit, Associate Professor
  • 2002-present
    Principal Investigator, Brain Tumor Research Center, Department of Neurological Surgery

Honors & Awards

  • 2001-2003
    John Hopkins W. Barry Wood Jr, Award in excellence in teaching
  • 2003
    USCF Department of Pathology Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2003, 2005
    UCSF Department of Neurological Surgery Teaching Excellence in Basic Science Award

Selected Publications

  1. Tihan T. Pathologic approach to spinal cord infections. Neuroimaging Clin N Am. 2015 May; 25(2):163-72.
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  2. Tihan T. Practical issues in diagnostic neuropathology: it is not even the end of the beginning! Surg Pathol Clin. 2015 Mar; 8(1):ix-x.
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  3. Tihan T, Ersen A, Qaddoumi I, Sughayer MA, Tolunay S, Al-Hussaini M, Phillips J, Gupta N, Goldhoff P, Baneerjee A. Pathologic characteristics of pediatric intracranial pilocytic astrocytomas and their impact on outcome in 3 countries: a multi-institutional study. Am J Surg Pathol. 2012 Jan; 36(1):43-55.
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  4. Tihan T, Pekmezci M, Karnezis A. Neural stem cells and their role in the pathology and classification of central nervous system tumors. Turk Patoloji Derg. 2011 Jan; 27(1):1-11.
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  5. Tihan T, Bloomer MM. Astrocytic neoplasms of the central nervous system and orbit: a morphologic perspective. Semin Diagn Pathol. 2010 May; 27(2):114-21.
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  6. Tihan T, Zhou T, Holmes E, Burger PC, Ozuysal S, Rushing EJ. The prognostic value of histological grading of posterior fossa ependymomas in children: a Children's Oncology Group study and a review of prognostic factors. Mod Pathol. 2008 Feb; 21(2):165-77.
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  7. Tihan T, Chi JH, McCormick PC, Ames CP, Parsa AT. Pathologic and epidemiologic findings of intramedullary spinal cord tumors. Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2006 Jan; 17(1):7-11.
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