Rochester, Minnesota




The research interests of Lizhi Zhang, M.D., focus on pancreatic cancer, pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor, autoimmune pancreatitis and other pancreatic diseases. Dr. Zhang has expertise using clinical, molecular and genomic tools to conduct translational studies to understand pancreatic pathology. Dr. Zhang leads the Mayo Clinic Pancreatic Cancer SPORE Tissue Core, which provides biospecimens for use in pancreatic cancer trials.

Focus areas

  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Prognostic markers of pancreatic cancer and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor
  • Clinical and pathological features of type 1 and type 2 autoimmune pancreatitis
  • Genetic features of benign and metastatic solid pseudopapillary tumor
  • Genetic abnormalities of pancreatoblastoma

Significance to patient care

Through detailed morphological and genetic analysis, Dr. Zhang aims to provide useful information related to the diagnosis, therapeutic targets and prognosis of pancreatic diseases.

Professional highlights

  • Director, Pancreatic SPORE Tissue Core, Mayo Clinic, 2019-present
  • President, The International Association of Chinese Pathologists, 2015
  • Recipient, Stowell-Orbison Award, United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology, 2009
  • Recipient, GIPS Abstract Award, Rodger C. Haggitt Gastrointestinal Pathology Society (GIPS), 2006


Primary Appointment

  1. Consultant, Division of Anatomic Pathology, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology


  1. Fellow - Gastroenterology/Liver Pathology Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  2. Resident - Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. Postdoctoral Research Fellowship University of Michigan Medical School
  4. Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Universitat Bern
  5. Resident - General Surgery Second Affiliated Hospital of Dalian Medical University
  6. Master of Science - Surgery Dalian Medical University Graduate School, Dalian Medical University
  7. MD Dalian Medical College

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