John Childs, MD

Dr. John ChildsJohn Childs, MD
Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Dermatopathology
System Director, Surgical Pathology & Histology
Director, Electron Microscopy Laboratory
Section Leader, Renal Pathology
Associate Professor, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

100 North Academy Avenue
Danville, PA 17822-1920

Dr. Childs is Geisinger Medical Laboratories' system director for surgical pathology and histology. He is also on the faculty of the Geisinger Dermatopathology Fellowship and Pathology Residency Programs.

His areas of specialization include dermatopathology, renal pathology, and breast pathology.


Dr. Childs received his MD from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, and completed a pathology residency at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, followed by a fellowship in dermatopathology at the National Capital Consortium in Washington, DC.  He served as Director of the Pathology Residency Program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, from 2016-2022 and directed their dermatopathology fellowship from 2017-2021.  


Dr. Childs is board-certified in anatomic and clinical pathology and dermatopathology.

Professional Affiliations

College of American Pathologists
American Society of Dermatopathology
International Society of Dermatopathology
Association of Pathology Chairs (Residency Program Directors and Associate Residency Program Directors)

Research Interests

Dr. Childs' research interests include graduate medical education and molecular biomarkers in melanoma.

Recent Academic Activity

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals:

Shyu I, Johnson KA, Gratzinger D, Brissette MD, Childs JM, Dixon LR, George MR, McCloskey CB, Prieto VG, Rojiani AM, Timmons CF, Hoffman RD. Positive Job Search Experience for New Pathologists Seeking First Employment Between 2017 and 2019. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2021 Sep 1;145(9):1117-1122.

George MR, Johnson KA, Childs JM, et al. The Impact of the COVID‐19 Pandemic on the 2019‐2020 Job Search for Newly Trained Pathologists. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2021 Mar 1;145(3):261- 262.

Neelon D, Lannan F, Childs J. Granular Cell Tumor. 2020 Oct 11. In: StatPearls [Internet].

Shyu I, Johnson KA, George MR, Gratzinger D, Brissette MD, Childs JM, et al. Gender Parity in Gainful Employment and Other Gender Trends in the Job Market for Recent Pathology Graduates. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2020 Apr;144(4):435‐442.

Timmons CF, Black‐Schaffer WS, Naritoku WY, Powell SZ, Johnson KA, Brissette MD, Childs JM, et al. Entry of Graduates of US Pathology Residency Programs into the Workforce: Cohort Data Between 2008 and 2016 Remain Positive and Stable. Acad Pathol. 2020 Feb 6;7:2374289520901833. eCollection 2020 Jan‐Dec.

Lakhal‐Naouar I, Koles N, Rao M, Childs JM, et al. Transcutaneous immunization using SLA or rLACK skews the immune response towards a Th1 profile but fails to protect BALB/c mice against a Leishmanial major challenge. Vaccine. 2018;37(3):516‐523.

VanHorn SA, Johnson KJ, Childs JM. Rheumatoid‐nodule‐like cutaneous granuloma associated with recombinase activating gene 1‐deficient severe combined immunodeficiency: A rare case. J Cutan Pathol. 2018; 45(12):940‐943.

Yuan CM, Nee R, Little DJ, Narayan R, Childs JM, Prince LK, et al. Survey of Kidney Biopsy Clinical Practice and Training in the United States. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2018 May 7;13(5):718‐725.

Abstracts, Posters, and Other Presentations:

Cook D, Childs JM, Watson M. Proximal Tubule Dysfunction and Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis Following Use of a Novel Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor. Poster Presentation.  American Society of Nephrology National Conference, 2020.

Tobin T, Childs JM, Nee R, Yuan C. A Unique Case of Light Chain Proximal Tubulopathy. Poster Presentation. American Society of Nephrology National Conference, 2020.

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