Research & Publications
Sanja Dacic, MD, PhD, MSc, an internationally renowned and highly accomplished leader in anatomic pathology, assumed the position of Vice Chair and Director of Anatomic Pathology in the Department of Pathology at Yale School of Medicine on May 1, 2022.
Dr. Dacic comes to Yale from the University of Pittsburgh, where she was Professor of Pathology; Director of Anatomic Pathology at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital; Director of the Thoracic Pathology Center of Excellence; and Director of the FISH laboratory. She previously was Director of the Molecular Anatomic Pathology Laboratory at UPMC.
Dr. Dacic received her medical and Doctor of Philosophy degrees at the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, in Zagreb, Croatia, and completed her residency training at the University of Pittsburgh.
Her research focuses on diagnostic pulmonary and molecular pathology and the development of prognostic biomarkers. She is a key leader of impactful basic and translational research projects in lung cancer and pleural mesotheliomas, which have resulted in hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific articles, practice guidelines, book chapters, and reviews.
Dr. Dacic is a co-author of the original and revised College of American Pathologists/International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC)/Association for Molecular Pathology guidelines for molecular testing in lung cancer. In 2020, she was awarded the IASLC Award for Translational Research. She was a member of the Editorial Board for the 5th WHO Classification of Thoracic Tumors (2019). Dr. Dacic is a deputy editor in chief of Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and serves on the editorial boards of high impact journals.
Dr. Dacic has served as a board member of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP), as well as on its Education Committee and as a member and chair of its Young Investigators Awards Committee. She currently serves as president of the Pulmonary Pathology Society and is a member of the U.S. and Canadian Mesothelioma Group, the International Mesothelioma Panel, and the IASLC Pathology Committee.
Education & Training
- FellowshipUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical Center (2002)
- Chief ResidentUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical Center (2001)
- ResidencyUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical Center (2001)
- PhDUniversity of Zagreb School of Medicine, Pathology (1998)
- Postdoctoral FellowshipUniversity of Connecticut Health Center (1997)
- MScUniversity of Zagreb School of Medicine, Experimental Pharmacology (1993)
- MDUniversity of Zagreb School of Medicine, Medicine (1990)
Honors & Recognition
|Fred R. Hirsch Lectureship Award for Translational Research||International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer||2020|
|Young Investigator Award||Arthur Purdy Stout Society||2011|
|Daljit and Elaine Sarkaria Lecture||UCLA Department of Pathology||2010|
|Research Day Award - Clinical Research Category||University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Department of Pathology||2004|
|Fellowship in Genitourinary Pathology||American Registry of Pathology/ Armed Forces Institute of Pathology||2000|
|Best World Wide Web Case Report||University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Department of Pathology||2000|
|International Cancer Technology Transfer Fellowship (ICRETT)||International Union Against Cancer (UICC)||1994|