University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Bio for Debra G.B. Leonard, M.D., Ph.D.
Debra G.B. Leonard, M.D., Ph.D.

Debra G.B. Leonard, M.D., Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine


Contact Information
E-mail: Debra.Leonard@uvmhealth.org
Office Location:
FAHC, MP1-113A

Expertise

Molecular Pathology

Academic Interests

• National policy development for genomic medicine
• Translation of molecular mechanisms of disease into clinical molecular/genomic testing

Postdoctoral Training

1/2014 Participant, Program for Chiefs of Clinical Services, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
7/2002-4/2003 Fellow, Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
7/1991-6/1992 Fellow, Surgical Pathology, New York University Medical Center, New York, NY
7/1990-6/1992 Post-doctoral Fellow, Dept. of Pathology, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
7/1988-6/1991
Resident, Anatomic Pathology, New York University Medical Center, New York, NY

Education

1988    M.D., New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY

1987    Ph.D., Sackler Institute, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York, NY (Biochemistry/Molecular Biology)

1976    B.A., Smith College, Northampton, MA (Biology)

Academic Appointments

2013–Present  Professor and Chair, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT
2013–Present  Physician Leader, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, VT
2009–2012     Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Faculty Diversity in Medicine and Science, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY
2005–2012     Director, Pathology Residency Training Program, New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY
2004-2013     Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY
2004–2013     Vice Chair for Laboratory Medicine, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY
2002–2004     Co-Director, Pathology Residency Training Program, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
2000–2004     Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
1996–2004     Director, Molecular Diagnosis and Genotyping Facility, Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
1996–2000     Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
1992–1996     Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH

Awards and Honors

2015 Lifetime Achievement Award, College of American Pathologists
2009 Leadership Award, Association for Molecular Pathology
2007 America’s Top Pathologists, Molecular Pathology
2001-04 Member, John Morgan Society, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
1997 Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
1988 Member, Alpha Omega Alpha, Delta of New York, Medical Honor Society
1981-87 National Research Service Award, Medical Scientist Training Program, Dept. of Health and Human Services

Publications

Sophia L. Yohe, Alexis B. Carter, John D. Pfeifer, James M. Crawford, Allison Cushman-Vokoun, Samuel Caughron, and Debra G. B. Leonard (2015) Standards for Clinical Grade Genomic Databases. Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine: November 2015, Vol. 139, No. 11, pp. 1400-1412.

Robboy S.J., Gupta S., Crawford J.M., Cohen M.B., Karcher D.S., Leonard D.G.B., Magnani B., Novis D.A., Prystowsky M.B., Powell S.Z., Black-Shcaffer W.B. The Pathologist workforce in the United States: II. An interactive modeling tool for analyzing future qualitative and quantitative manpower demands for services. Arch Pathol Lab Med (2015). [Epub ahead of print].

Zutter M., Bloom KF, Cheng L, Hagemann IS, Kaufman JH, Krasinskas AM, Lazar AJ, Leonard DG, Lindeman NI, Moyer AM, Nikiforova MN, Nowak JA, Pfeifer JD, Sepulveda AR, Willis JE, Yohe SL. The Cancer Genomics Resource List 2014. Arch Pathol Lab Med Dec 01 2014 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 25436904.

Aziz N., Zhao Q., Bry L., Driscoll D.K., Funke B., Gibson J.S., Grody W.W., Hegde M.R., Hoeltge G.A., Leonard D.G., Merker J.D., Nagarajan R., Palicki L.A., Robetorye R.S., Schrijver I., Weck K.E., Voelkerding K.V. College of American Pathologists' Laboratory Standards for Next-Generation Sequencing Clinical Tests. Arch Pathol Lab Med (2014) Aug 25 2014 [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 25152313.

Rennert H., Leonard D.G.B., Cushing M., Azurin C. and Shore T. Avoiding Pitfalls in Bone Marrow Engraftment Analysis: A Case Study Highlighting the Weakness of Using Buccal Cells for determining patient’s constitutional genotype post-transplant. Cytotherapy 15(3):391-5, 2013.