Alexander R. Judkins, MD, FCAP, FRCP (Edin)

Department Head and Pathologist-In-Chief, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Executive Director, Center for Personalized Medicine (CPM)
Attending Physician
Vice Chair Department of Pathology, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Professor of Pathology (Clinical Scholar), Keck School of Medicine of USC

Dr. Alexander R. Judkins serves as the Department Head and Pathologist-In-Chief for the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Executive Director for the Department's Center for Personalized Medicine Program. At the USC Keck School of Medicine, he is the Vice Chair of the Department of Pathology and is an Associate Professor of Pathology (Clinical Scholar). His main areas of research include pediatric brain tumors, digital pathology, and pathology informatics.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric neuropathology with special interest in pathology of central nervous system tumors in infants and children.


Medical School

University of Rochester School of Medicine


Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Anatomic Pathology)


Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Anatomic Pathology)


Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Neuropathology)
Office of Medical Examiner, City of Philadelphia (Forensic Pathology)



American Board of Pathology: Anatomic Pathology, Neuropathology, Forensic Pathology


United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Children's Oncology Group
American Association of Neuropathologists
National Association of Medical Examiners
Association for Pathology Informatics
Society for Pediatric Pathology
College of American Pathologists
Society for Neuro-Oncology
Digital Pathology Association
Society for Neuroscience
California Society of Pathologists
Los Angeles Society of Pathologists
California Medical Association/LA County Medical Association

Medical Awards

National Endowment for the Humanities Younger Scholars Fellowship, SUNY Geneseo (1986)
Honors Year-Out Fellowship in Pathology, University of Rochester School of Medicine (1993)
George Hoyt Whipple, MD Prize, Rochester Academy of Medicine (1996)
William B. Hawkins Award, University of Rochester School of Medicine (1996)
Alpha Omega Alpha (1996)
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (2011)



Margol AS, Judkins AR. Pathology and Diagnosis of SMARCB1-deficient Tumors, Cancer Genet (2014), doi: 10.1016/j.cancergen.2014.07.004. PMID:25246033
Lee JV, Carrer A, Shah S, Snyder N, Wei S, Venneti S, Worth A, Yuan ZF, Lim HW, Liu S, Jackson E, Aiello N, Haas N, Rebbeck, Judkins AR, Won KJ, Chodosh LA, Garcia BA, Stanger BZ, Feldman MD, Blair IA, Welle KE. Akt-Dependent Metabolic Reprogramming Regulates Tumor Cell Histone Acetylation, Cell Metab 20(2):306-19, 2014. PMID: 24998913
Venneti S, Judkins AR, Santi, M, Felicella, MM, Yarilin D, Phillips JJ, Sullivan LM, Martinez D, Perry A, Lewis PW, Thompson CB, Judkins, AR. A sensitive and specific histopathologic prognostic marker for H3F3A K27M mutant pediatric glioblastomas. Acta Neuropathol, 128(5):743-53, 2014. PMID:25200322
Margol A, Robison N, Gnanachandran J, Hung LT, Kennedy R, Vali M, Muthugounder S, Dhall G, Finlay JL, Erdreich-Epstein A, Krieger MD, Drissi R, Fouladi M, Gilles FH, Judkins AR, Sposto R, Asgharzadeh S. Tumor Associated Macrophages in SHH Subgroup of Medulloblastomas. Clin Cancer Res 2014 Oct 24 pii.clincanres.1144.2014 [epub ahead of print] PMID:25344580
Zhang J, Fan J, Venneti S, Cross JR, Takagi T, Bhinder B, Djaballah H, Kanai M, Cheng EH, Judkins AR, Pawel B, Baggs J, Cherry S, Rabinowitz JD, Thompson CB. Asparagine plays a critical role in regulating cellular adaptation to glutamine depletion. Mol Cell 2014 Oct 23;56(2):205-18. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2014.08.018. Epub 2014 Sep 18. PMID:25242145


Research Summary

Diagnosis and molecular characterization of pediatric brain tumors; Digital pathology, imaging and pathology informatics