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Phillip D. McMullen, M.D., Ph.D.

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Appointment: (585) 276-3000

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Professional Background

Dr. McMullen is a board-certified pathologist who specializes in autopsy, thoracic, and cardiac pathology. He is a graduate of the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he completed both his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. He completed his residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Chicago, where he also completed fellowship training in Thoracic and Surgical Pathology.


Dr. McMullen has research interests in infectious disease pathology and host-pathogen interactions. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. McMullen helped develop a novel autopsy protocol used to safely perform autopsies on victims of the pandemic, and was directly involved with a number of studies investigating the pathologic features of fatal SARS-CoV2 infection. His current research pursuits include studying the roles of platelets and megakaryocytes in severe infections.



  • Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology - American Board of Pathology


MD, PhD | University Of Illinois

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2020 - 06/30/2021
Fellowship in Thoracic and Surgical Pathology at University of Chicago Medical Center

07/01/2017 - 06/30/2020
Residency in Anatomic Pathology & Clinical Pathology at University of Chicago Medical Center

06/01/2016 - 06/30/2017
Internship in Anatomic Pathology & Clinical Pathology at University of Chicago Medical Center

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Duchossois Family Institute Research Fellowship
Sponsor: University of Chicago, Duchossois Family Institute

2019 - 2020
Wissler Fellowship Award
Sponsor: University of Chicago Medicine, Department of Pathology

Edward Cohen Award
Sponsor: Medical Scientist Training Program, University of Illinois

Richard Finkelstein Award
Sponsor: American Society of Microbiology

2010 - 2011
American Heart Association Research Grant
Sponsor: American Heart Association

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Journal Articles

McMullen P, Pytel P, Snyder A, Smith H, Vickery J, Brainer J, Guzy R, Wu D, Schoettler N, Adegunsoye A, Sperling A, Hart J, Alpert L, Chang A, Gurbuxani S, Krausz T, Husain AN, Mueller J. "A series of COVID-19 autopsies with clinical and pathologic comparisons to both seasonal and pandemic influenza." . 2021 Sep 0; 7(5):459-470. Epub 2021 May 07.

McMullen P, Smith H, Pytel P. "Entrapped Megakaryocytes in the Microvasculature of Brain Tissues are not Specific to COVID-19 but can be Seen Across a Spectrum of Acute Lung Injuries." Journal of neuropathology and experimental neurology.. 2021 Aug 17; Epub 2021 Aug 17.

Diaz A, Bujnowski D, McMullen P, Lysandrou M, Ananthanarayanan V, Husain AN, Freeman R, Vigneswaran WT, Ferguson MK, Donington J, Madariaga ML, Abdelsattar ZM. "Pulmonary parenchymal changes in COVID-19 survivors." The Annals of thoracic surgery.. 2021 Jul 31; Epub 2021 Jul 31.