Parmjeet S. Randhawa, MD
Professor of Pathology

Dr. Randhawa
Dr. Randhawa is a member of the Division of Transplantation Pathology.

Office Location:
Division of Transplantation Pathology
Department of Pathology
UPMC-Montefiore, Room E-737
3459 5th Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Contact Information:
Office Phone: 412-647-7646
Fax: 412-647-5237

Dr. Randhawa is one of five pathologists in the Division of Transplant Pathology. He has special expertise in the evaluation of native and kidney transplant biopsies. Difficult consult cases in this area are regularly referred to him for his opinion. He is the Course Director of a weekly multidisciplinary clinical conference on kidney allograft pathology. He is an established investigator with a long history of successful funding in the area of polyomavirus infections after kidney transplantation. He teaches medical students, residents and fellows and is regular speaker in national and international meetings focusing on renal transplantation.

Clinical Expertise

Pathologic evaluation of native, donor and allograft liver, kidney and heart, allograft small intestine and pancreas biopsies and surgical resections. He is lead patholgist for the University of Pittsburgh Kidney Transplantation Program with unmatched experience in the light microscopic, immunofluorescence and ultratructural evaluation of kidney biopsies.

Research Interests

Dr. Randhawa's has directed a well funded research virology laboratory for the past 12 years. He has worked with post-doctoral fellows, medical technologists, residents, fellows, and medical students on projects ranging from renal transplantation and polyoma viral infections, to Epstein-Barr virus associated post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD).


Anatomic Pathology, Transplantation Pathology, Hepatic Pathology, Renal Pathology

Honors and Awards

  • Associate Editor, American Journal of Transplantation (2012) & American Journal of Kidney Diseases (2011)
  • Founding Member, American Society of Transplantation, Transplant Diagnostics Community of Practice, 2011
  • Mentorship, Stephen Vogel Award, in recognition of an outstanding paper published by a resident or fellow in a journal of the US & Canadian Academy of Pathology, 2010.
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Delhi, 2009.
  • Fellowship, National Center for Drug Discovery in Neurodegeneration, Harvard Medical School, 2009
  • Mentorship, College of American Pathologists Research, Scholars Grant, 2009
  • Chair, Special Emphasis Panel, Urologic & Kid Development & Genitourinary Diseases Study Section, April 2009
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi University, 2009
  • Co-chair, Early Morning Workshop on BK virus, World Transplant Congress, Sydney, August 2008
  • Chair, Sunrise Symposium, State of the Art; BK virus and Polyomavirus Allograft Nephropathy, American Transplant Congress, San Francisco, May 2007
  • Mentorship Award for Thomas E. Starzl Institute Fellow in Transplantation Biology, 2007
  • Fellowship of The American Society of Nephrology, 2004
  • Co-chair, Free Communications Session: BKV nephropathy, Am Soc Nephrology Meeting, San Diego, 2003
  • Chair: Plenary Session: Viral Infection in Allografts. Banff Congress on Allograft Pathology, Banff, Alberta, 2001
  • Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Transplantation, Liver Transplantation, World Journal of Gastroenterologic Oncology, Aegian Journal of Pathology, Indian Journal of Biotechnology

Selected Publications

View Dr. Randhawa's publications on PubMed

Randhawa P, Kant J, Shapiro R, Tan H, Basu A, Luo C. Impact of Genomic Sequence Variability on Quantitative PCR Assays for Diagnosis of Polyomavirus BK Infection. J Clin Microbiol, Dec;49(12):4072-76, 2011.

Batal I, Azzi J, El-Haddad N, Riella LV, Lunz III JG, Zeevi A, Sasatomi E, Basu A, Tan H, Shapiro R, and Randhawa P. Immunohistochemical Markers of Tissue Injury in Biopsies with Transplant Glomerulitis. Human Pathology, Jan;43(1):69-80, 2012.

Luo C, Hirsch H, Kant J, Randhawa P. VP-1 Quasispecies in Human Infection with Polyomavirus BK. J Med Virol, Jan;84(1): 152-61, 2012.

Macedo C, Walters JT, Orkis E, Isse K, Elinoff B, Fedorek S, McMichael M, Chalasani G, Randhawa P, Demetris A, Zeevi A, Tan H, Shapiro R, Lakkis F, Metes D. Long-term effects of Alemtuzumab induction on regulatory and memory T-cell subsets and their relationship to clinical outcome in kidney transplant recipients. Transplantation Apr 27;93(8):813-21, 2012.

Masutani K, Shapiro R, Basu A, Tan H, Wikjstrom M, Randhawa P. The Banff 2009 Working Proposal for Polyomavirus Nephropathy: a critical evaluation of its utility as a determinant of clinical outcome. Am J Transplant, Apr;12(4):907-18, 2012.

Masutani K, McMichael J, Donaldson J, Shapiro R, Basu A, Tan H, Ninomiya T, and Randhawa P. Putative episodes of T-cell mediated rejection in patients with sustained BK viruria but no viremia. Transplantation. Jul 15; 94(1): 43-49, 2012.

Adeyi O, Alexander G, Baiocchi L, Balasubramanian M, Batal I, Bellamy C O C, Bhan A, Bridges N, Bucuvalas J, Charlotte F, Colvin B, Czaja A, Demetris A, DeVera M, El-Monayeri MS, Feng S, Ferrell L, Fiel Maria I, Fontes P, Fung J, Haga H, Hart J, Honsova E, Hubscher S, Wesam I, Itoh T, Jhala N, Jungmann P, Khettry U, Koshiba T, Lassman C, Lerut J, Ligato S, Lunz J, Mazariegos G, McCaughan G, McClelland SA, Minervini MI, Misdraji J, Mohanakumar T, Molne J, Musat A, Nalesnik M, Nasser I, Neil D, Neuberger J, Pappo O, Petrovic L, Randhawa P, Reinholt FP, Rubin E, Ruiz P, Sagol O, Sanchez-Fueyo A, Sasatomi E, Schiano T, Sebagh M, Shaked A, Sharkey FE, Shimizu T, Sis B, Smith M, Sonzogni A, Tchao N, Thung S, Tisone G, Tsamandas A, Wernerson A, Wu T, Yilmaz F; The Banff Working Group on Liver Allograft Pathology. Importance of liver biopsy findings in immunosuppression management: Biopsy monitoring and working criteria for patients with operational tolerance (OT). Liver Transpl. Oct;18(10):1154-70, 2012.

Randhawa P, Mannon RB. A case of late kidney allograft failure. A clinico-pathologic conference from American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week 2011. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol, Nov;7(11): 1884-89, 2012.

Momper JD, Zhao Y, Shapiro R, Schonder KS, Yao G, Randhawa PS, Venkataramanan R. Pharmacokinetics of low-dose cidofovir in kidney transplant recipients with BK virus infection. Transpl Infect Dis. Feb;15(1):34-41, 2013.

Mengel M, Campbell P, Gebel H, Randhawa P, Rodriguez ER, Colvin R, Conway J, Hachem R, Halloran P, Keshavjee S, Nickerson P, Murphey C, O'Leary J, Reeve J, Tinckam K, Reed EF. Precision diagnostics in transplantation: from bench to bedside. Am J Transplant. Mar:13(3): 562-8, 2013.

Hirsch HH, Randhawa P: AST Infectious Diseases Community of Practice. BK polyomavirus in solid organ transplantation. Am J Transplant. Mar;13 Suppl 4:179-88, 2013.

Alexiev BA, Randhawa P, Vazquez Martul E, Zeng G, Luo C, Ramos E, Drachenberg CB, Papadimitriou JC. BK Virus-Associated Urinary Bladder Carcinoma in Transplant Recipients: report of 2 cases, review of the literature, and proposed pathogenetic model. Human Pathology. May:44(5): 908-917, 2013.

Mengel M, Chan S, Climenhaga J, Kushner YB, Regele H, Colvin RB, Randhawa P. Banff Initiative For Quality Assurance in Transplantation (BIFQUIT):Reproducibility assessment for C4d immunohistochemistry in kidney allografts. Am J Transplant. May13(5): 1235-45, 2013.

Castilo-Rama M, Sebagh M, Sasatomi E, Randhawa P, Isse K, Salgarkar AD, Ruppert K, Humar A, Demetris AJ. Plasma Cell Hepatitis" in Liver Allografts: Identification and Characterization of an IgG4-Rich Cohort. Am J Transplant. Nov;13(11): 2966-77, 2013.

Masutani K, Ninomiya T, Randhawa P. HLA-A2, HLA-B44 and HLA-DR15 are associated with lower risk of BK viremia. Nephrol Dial Transplant. Dec; 28(12):3119-3126, 2013.

Zeng Q, Sheriff KA, Ng Y-H, Zahalka S, Li Q, Ramaswami B, Randhawa P, Hoffman R, Lund FE, Chalasani G: B cells mediate chronic allograft rejection independent of antibody production. J Clin Invest. 124(3):1052-1056, 2014.

Georgievskaya Z, Nowalk AJ, Randhawa P, Picarsic J: Bartonella henselae Endocarditis and Glomerulonephritis with Dominant C3 Deposition in a 21-year old Male with a MelodyŽ Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve: Case Report and Review of the Literature. Pediatr Dev Pathol. 2014 Jun 4. [Epub ahead of print]