Dr. Yan Peng completed her Pediatric Residency/Chief Resident at Beijing Medical University Hospitals and practiced there as a Pediatric Nephrologist for two years. After a combined six years of basic research on kidney disease at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN and UT-Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW), Dallas, TX, she went to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for her Pathology Residency. Upon the completion, she took two fellowship trainings in Breast and Gynecologic Pathology at UPMC and Cytopathology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School in Boston, respectively.

She has been a Breast and Gynecologic Pathologist and Cytopathologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She is the Pathology Liaison at Cancer Committee of UTSW Simmons Cancer Center and University Hospital. She had served as Medical Directors of Diagnostic Immunohistochemistry Laboratory and Tumor Biomarker Image Analysis Laboratory at one of UTSW teaching hospitals for 10 years. As co-investigator, she has participated in more than 30 National Cancer Institute (NCI) Breast and Gynecologic cancer clinical trials.

She has published 70 peer-reviewed articles and served as an editorial board member for multiple scientific journals.


Medical School
Beijing Medical University (1986)
Beijing University Hospital (1989), Pediatrics
Graduate School
Beijing Medical University (1991)
Mayo Clinic (1995), Physiology
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1999), Molecular Nephrology Research
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (2003), Anatomic & Clinical Pathology
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Magee Womens Hospital (2004), Breast & Gynecologic Pathology
Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (2005), Cytopathology

Clinical Interest

Breast Pathology

  • Comprehensive Immunohistochemical Markers including Prognostic Markers
  • Evaluation of Breast Tissue for Diagnosis & Treatment Plans

Gynecologic Pathology

  • Biopsy & Cytology Correlation
  • Cervical/Endocervical Biopsies & Endometrial Curetting
  • HPV Hybridization for Cervical & Vulvar Biopsies
  • Identification & Quantitation of Infectious Organisms
  • Prognostic Markers for Endometrial Carcinomas

Research Interest

  • Breast Cancer and Gynecologic Cancer Pathology
  • Diagnostic, prognostic and predictive tumor biomarkers


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Honors & Awards

  • Vice President, North Texas Society of Pathologists (NTSP)
  • President-Elect, International Association of Chinese Pathologists (IACP)
  • President-Elect, The UTSW Faculty Senate
  • Distinguished Young Investigator Award in Medicine
    Beijing, China (1993)
  • Distinguished Scientist Award of Canada China Child Health Foundation
  • Best National Medical Article Award
    China (1991)
  • Outstanding Medical Student Award and Scholarship
    Beijing Medical University (1986)