Mary Jo Robinson, DO, FAOCP, FCAP

Associate Professor of Pathology


Mary Jo Robinson, DOMary Jo Robinson, DO, joined Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in May 2015 as an Associate Professor of Pathology. During her medical career over the last 20 plus years, she has specialized in teaching pathology to medical students and residents as well as actively practicing anatomic pathology, laboratory medicine, and dermatopathology.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Gonzaga University in 1976, after which she completed a Medical Technology internship at St. Joseph Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. She practiced as a medical technologist in Washington until 1983, when she began medical school at Des Moines University - College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. She graduated in 1987, did a rotating internship at the former Des Moines General Hospital in 1988, followed by a residency in Anatomic Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Kennedy Health System/UMDNJ-SOM (now Rowan University) in 1992. Dr Robinson began practicing Pathology and teaching at Kennedy Health Systems and UMDNJ-SOM that year. In 1994, she took a year sabbatical to complete a fellowship in Dermatopathology at the Dermatopathology Institute of Jefferson University with A. Bernard Ackerman, MD and then returned to practice and teach at Kennedy and UMDNJ-SOM.

She left New Jersey in 2008 to return to the Pacific Northwest, where she first practiced pathology with a private group in Kent, Washington and then moved to Yakima, Washington in late 2009 to teach pathology as an Associate Professor of Pathology at Pacific Northwest University (PNWU). During her time at PNWU she also taught an undergraduate course in Pathophysiology at Heritage University in Toppenish, Washington and was the Medical Director for the Medical Technology program at that school as well as a member of the supervising board for that program.

Dr. Robinson’s professional interests include curriculum innovation and the use of social media as an educational tool. She has been active in the osteopathic profession, working with the NBOME for over 20 years first as an item writer and currently as National Pathology Faculty Chair. She is a past President of the American Osteopathic College of Pathology and Past Chair of the executive board for the American Osteopathic Board of Pathology and has received several awards from both groups for her service to the profession. She has served on the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists as a representative and as an alternate representative for the American Osteopathic Board of Pathology. She also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

Clinical/Research Interests

During Dr. Robinson’s career as a practicing pathologist (1992-2010), her research interests were predominantly clinically oriented and after her fellowship in Dermatopathology, mostly related to her interest in Melanoma and adnexal skin pathology. Her current interests are mostly related to reform of medical school curriculum and the incorporation of social media as an educational tool.

Representative Publications:

Chapter in Textbook:“Implications of Genetic Studies,” Robinson MJ and Massi D, in Dysplastic Nevus: Atypical Mole or Typical Myth?, by Ackerman AB, Massi D, Nielsen TA. Ardor Scribendi: Philadelphia PA. 1999:343-362.

Textbook:  Ackerman AB, Cavegn B, Abad-Casintahan MF, Robinson MJ: Ackerman’s Resolving Quandaries in Dermatology, Pathology and Dermatopathology. Prometheus Medical Press: Philadelphia, PA. 1995.

Robinson MJ, Patel S; “Pseudoepitheliomatous Hyperplasia and Necrobiotic Palisading Granulomatous Reaction to Tattoo Pigment.” Journal of the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, 15(1):38, 2010.

Russo J, Robinson MJ: “Aggressive Digital Papillary Adenocarcinoma: A case report and review of the literature.” Journal of the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, 8(2):61-63, 2007.

Leo A, Robinson MJ: “Adamantinoid Trichoblastoma/Cutaneous Lymphadenoma: A Case Report and Review of Literature”. Journal of the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, 1(4): 17-19, 2005.

Robinson MJ: “Resolving Quandaries in Dermatopathology: A Gene (1p36, 9p13-p21, 10q24-q26..) Specific for the Dysplastic Nevus Syndrome”? Dermatopathology: Practical and Conceptual, 2:180-185, 1996.

Ackerman AB, Abad-Casintahan MF, Robinson MJ: “Dysplastic Nevus- Message or Massage?” Dermatopathology: Practical and Conceptual, 1:63-66, 1995

Ackerman AB, Cavegn B, Abad-Casintahan MF, Robinson MJ: “Resolving Quandaries in Dermatopathology: Atopic Dermatitis.” Dermatopathology: Practical and Conceptual, 1: 44-47, 1995.

Robinson MJ, Fogel RF: “Granulomatous Lymphadenitis Caused by Coccidioides Immitis.” Journal of American Osteopathic Association, 94: 578-582, 1994.

Robinson MJ, Oberhofer TR: “Identification of Pathogenic Neisseria Species with the Rapid NH System.” Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 17(3):400-404, 1983.

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