University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Britt-Marie Ljung, MD

Britt-Marie Ljung, MD

Professor, Department of Pathology, UCSF


Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, BS, 1971
Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, MD, 1975
Koping Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden, Intern, 1975-77, Rotating
Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden, Resident, 1977-78, Oncology
Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden, Resident, 1978-80, Cytology
University Of California, Los Angeles, School Of Medicine, Resident, 1980-83, Pathology

Professional Experience

  • 1981-83
    Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California
  • 1983-89
    Assistant Professor in Residence, Department of Pathology, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine, San Francisco, California
  • 1989-95
    Associate Professor of Clinical Pathology, UCSF
  • 1994-99
    University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine Director Division Cytopathology
  • 1994-present
    University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine Director,Cytopathology Fellowship Program
  • 1995-present
    University Of California, San Francisco Full Professor

Honors & Awards

  • 1987
    1987 Year Book of Cancer
  • 1987
    Academic Senate Committee on Equal Opportunity Faculty Development Affirmative Action Award
  • 1994
    Outstanding Lecture, UCSF Medical Students
  • 1995
    Honorary Visiting Professor of Cytology, University of Iowa
  • 1997
    John K. Frost Lectureship, 38th Annual Postgraduate Institute Johns Hopkins University
  • 1999
    Elected to Gerson Lehrman Group's Council of Healthcare Advisors
  • 2000
    Best Abstract Presentation by Senior Faculty Member, UCSF
  • 2001
    Nominated for "An Outstanding Lecture" UCSF Medical Students
  • 2001
    Outstanding Lecture Series, UCSF Medical Students
  • 2002
    Selected Top Doctor in Pathology,
  • 2004
    Bay Area Top Doctors ( 8 mentions)
  • 2009
    America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, Castle Connolly American Registry
  • 2010
    Yolanda Oertel Interventional Cytopathologist of the Year, Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology
  • 2010
    College of American Pathologists Excellence in Education Award

Selected Publications

  1. Ljung BM. Thyroid fine-needle aspiration: smears versus liquid-based preparations. Cancer. 2008 Jun 25; 114(3):144-8.
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  2. Ljung BM, Langer J, Mazzaferri EL, Oertel YC, Wells SA, Waisman J. Training, credentialing and re-credentialing for the performance of a thyroid FNA: a synopsis of the National Cancer Institute Thyroid Fine-Needle Aspiration State of the Science Conference. Diagn Cytopathol. 2008 Jun; 36(6):400-6.
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