John R Gilberston, MD

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Biomedical Informatics University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Dr. Gilbertson became an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh in 2019, when he was recruited from the Massachusetts General Hospital / Partners Healthcare to focus on AI and Machine Learning applications in Pathology. At MGH he was Associate Professor of Pathology, Associate Chief of Pathology, Director of Pathology Informatics and Founder and the Founder and Director of the MGH / Partners Fellowship in Clinical Informatics. He has given 121 national and international lectures, published 71 peer reviewed papers, trained 37 informatics fellows and has designed and implemented multiple clinical and research information systems.
Dr Gilbertson is active in industry as co-founder and CTO of Interscope Technologies, an active member of Executive and Scientific Advisory Boards and consulting positions at companies, such as Philips, Sunquest and Thermo-Fisher. He held leadership positions on working groups at the College of American Pathologists, the Association for Pathology Informatics, American Telemedicine Association, FDA, HL7 and DICOM.

Representative Publications

  1. Wetzel AW, Gilbertson JR, Beckstead J, Feineigle P, inventors; Interscope Technologies, assignee. System for microscopic digital montage imaging using a pulse light illumination system. US patent 6,798,571. 2004 Sept 28
  2. Gilbertson JR, McClintock DS, Lee RE, Onozato, Kuo FC, Beckwith BA, Yagi Y, Dighe AS, Gudewicz TM, Le LP, Wilbur DC, Kim JY, Brodsky VB, Black-Schaffer S. Clinical fellowship training in pathology informatics: a program description. Journal of Pathology Informatics 2012;3:11
  3. Patel AA, Gilbertson JR, Parwani AV, Dhir R, Datta MW, Gupta R, Berman JJ, Melamed J, Kajdacsy Balla A, Orenstein J, Becich MJ. An informatics model for tissue banks – lessons learned from the Cooperative Prostate Cancer Tissue Resource. BMC Cancer 2006;8(2):183-92

Research Interests

  • Whole Slide Imaging
  • Informatics Education
  • Informatics Systems and Data Sets

Research Grants

Currently, at Pittsburgh, Dr Gilbertson’s research support is limited to 40,000/year as a consultant on a National Mesothelioma Virtual Bank (NMVB) imaging project. Going forward, he will be responsible for developing funding research for pathology imaging and machine learning.
Throughout his career, the great majority (90%) of his support has been through industry, including:
- Funding through his start ups in Pittsburgh: DFD and Interscope Technologies
- Research funding in his WSI research lab (at MGH): e.g. NEC, 3D Histech, Olympus, Kurabo, Sony, BioImagine, Omnyx, Canon, Sony, Philips and others.
- Funding as Director of Pathology Informatics (MGH): Usually development as part of an enterprise implementation of a clinical system (e.g. Sunquest, Philips), departmental research systems or FDA studies.