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 in Rochester and UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW), she went to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for pathology residency. After residency training, she completed two ACGME fellowships in Breast and Gynecologic Pathology and Cytopathology at UPMC and Harvard Medical School, respectively.

Dr. Peng is a surgical pathologist and cytopathologist with extensive expertise in breast and gynecologic pathology and certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology and Cytopathology. She is pathology representative at the Cancer Committee of the NCI-designated comprehensive Simmons Cancer Center. She served as Medical Director of Diagnostic Immunohistochemistry Laboratory and Tumor Biomarker Image Analysis Laboratory for about 10 years.

Dr. Peng has participated in multiple National Cancer Institute (NCI) breast and gynecologic cancer clinical trials. She serves as a clinical investigator for the NCI Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program. She is co-investigator in multiple NIH RO1 funded research projects on identifying novel therapeutic targets for triple negative breast cancer.

Dr. Peng has published more than 90 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. She is an editor for a textbook entitled Practical Breast Pathology (Springer) and serves as an editorial board member for multiple scientific journals including Human Pathology.

Dr. Peng is a member of University Faculty Promotion and Tenure Committee. She is chair of Pathology Faculty Mentoring Committee and facility site director of breast pathology fellowship. She is past president of North Texas Society of Pathologists.


Medical School
Beijing Medical University (1986)
Beijing University Hospital (1989), Pediatrics
Other Post Graduate Training
Beijing Medical University, China (1991)
Graduate School
Beijing Medical University, China (1991)
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine (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

Research Interest

  • Breast Cancer and Gynecologic Cancer Pathology
  • Diagnostic Immunohistochemistry: Theranostic and Genomic Applications
  • Prognostic and predictive tumor biomarkers


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Honors & Awards

  • Session Chair, The Breast Pathology Platform Sessions for the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) 110th annual meeting
  • Outstanding peer reviewer for Human Pathology (one of leading pathology scientific journals in the US)
  • Member, Abstract Review Board of United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (Breast Pathology Category)
  • President, International Association of Chinese Pathologists
  • President, UT Southwestern Faculty Senate
  • Finalist for Best Scientific Abstract Award of American Society for Clinical Pathology (senior mentor)
  • 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)