Arivarasan Karunamurthy, MD
Assistant Professor of Pathology

Dr. Karunamurthy is a member of the Division of Molecular & Genomic Pathology.

Office Information:
Clinical Lab Building
3477 Euler Way
Room 7029
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Contact Information:
Telephone: 412-647-1372


  • Medical School - Madras Medical College, India
  • Residency - KEM Hospital & Seth G S Medical College, India , Pathology
  • Residency - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
  • Fellowship - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Molecular Genetic Pathology
  • Fellowship - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Dermatopathology

Research Interests

Dr. Karunamurthy's research interests are in molecular oncology through the application of molecular & genomic tools in the diagnostic, prognostic and predictive purposes of solid tumors especially in melanomas and cutaneous lymphomas. Dr. Karunamurthy specific interests also include digital predictive immunoscoring, melanoma biomarker research and molecular bioinformatics applications.

Clinical Specialties

Dermatopathology, Melanoma Pathology and Molecular Genetic Pathology

Selected Publications

  • Zhao C, Karunamurthy A, Jain S, Austin RM. Vaginal Cytology Results in Follow-up of Endometrial Carcinoma After Hysterectomy. Am J Clin Pathol. 2016 Jun 30. pii: aqw100. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27371362.
  • Nason SK, Krichner A, Christie NA, Schuchert MJ, Pantanowitz L, Karunamurthy A, Monaco SE. Clinical Utility of Endobronchial Ultrasound-Guided Transbronchial Needle Aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) for the Evaluation of Mediastinal Lymphadenopathy Concerning for Lymphoma.Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 May;101(5):1856-63. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2015.12.019. Epub 2016 Mar 22
  • Karunamurthy A, Panebianco F, Hsiao S, Vorhauer J, Nikiforova M, Chiosea SI, Nikiforov Y. Prevalence and phenotypic characteristics of EIF1AX mutations in thyroid nodules. Endocr Relat Cancer. 2016 Feb 24. pii: ERC-16-0043. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26911375.
  • Shrestha R, Karunamurthy A, Nikiforov Y, Caramori L. Multiple Mutations may Predict Aggressive Behavior of Papillary Thyroid Cancer - A Case Report.Thyroid. 2015 Dec;25(12):1375-8.
  • Afkhami M*, Karunamurthy A*, Chiosea S, Seethala R, Nikiforova MN, Nikiforov YE Coyne C. Histopathologic and Clinical Features of Thyroid Tumors Positive for BRAF K601E Mutation. Thyroid. 2015 Dec 17. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26422023 (* equally contributed).
  • Marathe SP, Vaideeswar P, Parikh R, Mishra P, Aironi B, Agrawal N, Karunamurthy A. Noncompaction cardiomyopathy: Manifestation as a surgical pitfall- rare but real. Asian Cardiovasc Thorac Ann. 2014 May 9.
  • Karunamurthy A, Pantanowitz L, Dacic S, Cai G, Khalbuss W, Monaco S. Evaluation of Endobronchial Ultrasound-guided Fine Needle Aspirations (EBUS-FNA): Correlation with Adequacy and Histological Follow-up. Cancer Cytopathol. 2014 Jan;122(1):23-32.
  • Li Z, Barron S, Karunamurthy A, Zhao C. Surveillance for Vaginal Epithelial Lesions in Patients with Invasive Cervical Cancer after Hysterectomy: Are Vaginal Cytology and HrHPV testing Useful?. Am J Clin Pathol. 2013 Nov;140 (5):708-14.
  • Karunamurthy A, Pantanowitz L, Lepe JG, Reyes-M˙gica M. Lethal Outcomes in Klippel Trenauny Weber Syndrome. Pediatr Dev Pathol. 2013 Sep-Oct;16 (5):337-42.