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Pathology & Immunology

Houston, Texas

Pathology and Immunology
Pathology & Immunology
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Francis H. Gannon, M.D.Associate Professor of Pathology and Orthopedic Surgery


  • M.D. Degree, Jefferson Medical College, School of Medicine Philadelphia, PA, 1986-1991
  • Biology, B.S. Degree, LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA 19242, 1982-1986


  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA


  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA


  • Bone Pathology

Board Certification

  • Anatomic Pathology

Current Position

  • Associate Professor of Pathology and Orthopedic Surgery and staff pathologist DeBakey VA Medical Center Houston TX

Professional Positions Held

  • Associate Professor of Pathology and Orthopedic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Tx, 2006-present
  • Staff pathologist, DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston Tx, 2006-present
  • Chairman, Department of Orthopedic Pathology, AFIP, 2004-2006
  • Chairman, Department of Repository and Research Services, Armed Forces Institute of
  • Pathology, 2001-2006
  • Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Staff Pathologist, Department of Orthopedic Pathology, Washington D.C., 1998-2006
  • Assistant Professor of Pathology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Bethesda Maryland, 1999-present
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, 1994-present
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pathology, Department of Pathology, 1994-1998
  • Jefferson Medical College, Instructor in Pathology, Department of Pathology, 1993-1994

Honors and Awards

  • Participated in the BBC documentary "The Skeleton Key" on FOP patients which was awarded
  • Wellcome Trust Award for Best Science and Medical Documentary, 1999
  • Royal Television Society Award for Best Documentary, 1999
  • International Image and Science Festival Grand Prize for Best Science Documentary Worldwide
  • Association of British Science Writers Award for Best Science Documentary
  • Employee of the year, GS13 and above, AFIP, 2000
  • Meritorious Civilian Service Award, Feb 2003
  • Commander's award for Civilian service April 2005

Professional Organization Memberships

  • Reviewer, Journal of Skeletal Radiology, 2006-Present
  • Texas Society of Pathologists, 2006-Present
  • Houston Society of Pathologists, 2006-Present
  • International Skeletal Society, 2005-Present
  • Reviewer, Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research, 1995-Present
  • American Society for Bone and Mineral
  • Research, 1994-Present
  • International Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva Association, 1994-Present
  • Member, International Academy of Pathologists, 1991-Present

Representative Publications

  • Fouletier-Dilling CM, Bosch P, Davis AR, Shafer JA, Stice SL, Gugala Z, Gannon FH, Olmsted-Davis EA. Novel compound enables high-level adenovirus transduction in the absence of an adenovirus-specific receptor. Hum Gene Ther. 2005 Nov; 16(11):1287-97
  • Smartt, JM, Jr. Karmacharya J, Gannon FH, Ong G, Jackson O, Bartlett SP, Poser RD, Kirschner RE. Repair of the immature and mature craniofacial skeleton with a carbonated calcium phosphate cement: assessment of biocompatibility, osteoconductivity, and remodeling capacity. Plast Reconstr Surg 2005 May; 115(6): 1642-50
  • Olmsted-Davis EA, Gugala Z, Camargo F, Gannon FH, Jackson K, Kienstra KA, Shine HD, Lindsey RW, Hirschi KK, Goodell MA, Brenner MK, Davis AR. Primitive adult hematopoietic stem cells can function as osteoblast precursors. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2003 Dec 23;100(26):15877-82
  • Smith SE, Murphey MD, Motamedi K, Mulligan ME, Resnik CS, Gannon FH. From the archives of the AFIP. Radiologic spectrum of Paget disease of bone and its complications with pathologic correlation. Radiographics. 2002 Sep-Oct;22(5):1191-216. Review
  • Gadwal SR, Fanburg-Smith JC, Gannon FH, Thompson LDR. Primary chondrosarcoma of the head and neck in pediatric patients: A clinicopathologic study of 14 cases with a review of the literature. Cancer 88(9):2181-2188, May 1, 2000
  • Gannon FH, Sokoloff L. Histomorphometry of the aging human patella: histologic criteria and controls. Osteoarth Cart 1999;7:173-81
  • Gannon FH, Kaplan FS, Olmsted E, Finkel GC, Zasloff M, Shore E. Differential immunostaining with Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP) 2/4 in early fibromatous lesions of Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva and Aggressive Juvenile Fibromatosis. Hum Pathol 1997;238-245
  • AB, Shore EM, Gannon FH, Zasloff MA, Taub R, Muenke M, Kaplan FS. Over-expression of an osteogenic morphogen in Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva. New Eng J Med 1996;335:555-61
  • Junge RE, Mehren KG, Meehan TP, Crawshaw GJ, Duncan MC, Gilula L, Gannon FH, Finkel GC, Whyte MP. Familial periarticular hyperostosis and renal disease in black lemurs (eulemur macaco macaco). J Am Vet Med Assoc 1994;205:1024-9
  • Kaplan FS, Craver R, MacEwen D, Gannon FH, Finkel GC, Hahn G, Tabas JA, Zasloff M. Progressive osseous heteroplasia: A disorder of mesenchymal differentiation. J Bone Joint Surg 1994; 76A(3):425-36
  • Kaplan FS, Tabas JA, Gannon FH, Finkel GC, Zasloff M. The histopathology of Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva: An endochondral process. J Bone Joint Surg 1993;75A(2):220-30

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