K4/434 CSC
(608) 263-9031
(608) 265-7000 #8620
Mailing Address:

K4/434 CSC-8550
600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53792-8550

Catherine Leith, MB, BChir

  • Professor (CHS)
Director of Hematopathology

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

1990 -
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
AP/CP residency Univ. of AZ
HP fellowship Univ. of NM
1986 -
University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Tucson, AZ
MB, BChir, Girton College, Cambridge, UK

Research Interests

Optimizing quality and efficiency of pathology diagnosis while containing costs.


I am interested in improving standard strategies to diagnose and monitor hematologic disorders that maintain diagnostic excellence while containing costs.

Clinical Interests
Hematopathology. Flow cytometry.
I am division chief in hematopathology. In hematopathology, we examine all bone marrows from patients treated at UW hospital. In addition we examine lymph nodes and other tissue specimens from patients with suspected hematopoietic malignancies. Morphologic interpretation is supplemented by immunohistochemistry, flow cytometric studies, cytogenetics, and/or molecular studies as appropriate for each case. We work closely with the clinicians at UW hospital, and meet with pediatric hematology-oncologists and adult hematologists on a weekly basis to review and discuss interesting cases. I also run the flow cytometry laboratory, which is responsible for immunophenotyping of bone marrows and lymph nodes as appropriate, as well as immunodeficiency testing and CD34 analysis among others.

Appointments & Positions
2016 -
Professor (CHS)

Certifications & Licensure
1991 -
Diplomate, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, American Board of Pathology
1993 -
Special Qualification in Hematology, American Board of Pathology
2000 -
Wisconsin Medical License

Awards & Honors
American Cancer Society Clinical Oncology Fellow
Henry Tomkinson Scholar, Girton College, Cambridge University

Societies & Memberships
American Society of Hematology
United States and Canadian Academy of Pathologists
College of American Pathology
American Society of Clinical Pathology
Society of Hematopathology
Clinical Cytometry Society

Selected Publications
Yang DT, Quann PJ, Petrich AM, Leith C, Young KH, Kahl BS. "Use of tissue microarray and automated quantitative analysis for screening and validation of potential biomarkers in mantle cell lymphoma." Appl. Immunohistochem. Mol. Morphol.. 2011;19(1):62-9.
Wheeler DL, Reddig PJ, Ness KJ, Leith C, Oberley TD, Verma AK. "Overexpression of protein kinase C-{epsilon} in the mouse epidermis leads to a spontaneous myeloproliferative-like disease." Am. J. Pathol.. 2005;166(1):117-26.