Lihong Bu, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Lihong Bu

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-273-5920

Mailing Address:
MMC 76 Mayo
8076A (Campus Delivery Code)
420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

China Medical University, China

Anatomic Pathology, UT Southwestern

Renal Pathology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

PhD, Brigham Young University (Neuroscience/Physiology and Developmental Biology)


Dr. Bu is a board certified anatomic pathologist whose area of expertise is in renal pathology and genitourinary pathology. She works closely with multidisciplinary teams including nephrologists, transplant surgeons, and urologists in providing expert care to patients with kidney, urinary bIadder, prostate, adrenal, and testis diseases. Her role involves establishing accurate tissue diagnosis on biopsies and surgical excisions, a critical component in guiding treatment decisions.

In addition to the clinical diagnostic role, Dr. Bu is involved in medical student, resident and fellow education as well as transnational research. Her research projects mainly focus on glomerulonephritis, renal allograft rejection, and testicular germ cell tumor.



  • Bu L, Zhu H, Racila E, Khaja S, Hamlar D, Li F. Xanthogranulomatous Sialadenitis, an Uncommon Reactive Change is Often Associated with Warthin's Tumor. Head Neck Pathol. 2019 Aug 31. doi: 10.1007/s12105-019-01066-6
  • Toyama A, Siegel L, Nelson AC, Najmuddin M, Bu L, LaRue R, Henzler C, Caicedo-Granados E, Giubellino A, and Li F. Analyses of molecular and histopathologic features and expression of PRAME by immunohistochemistry in mucosal melanomas. Mod Pathol. 2019 Aug 2. doi: 10.1038/s41379-019-0335-4.
  • Bu L, Yang Y, McMahon L, Xiao GQ, and Li F. Wnt suppressor and stem cell regulator TCF7L1 is a sensitive immunohistochemical marker to differentiate testicular seminoma from non-seminomatous germ cell tumor. Exp Mol Pathol. 2019 Oct;110:104293. doi: 10.1016/j.yexmp.2019.104293.
  • Ferdjallah, A, Gordon P, Kirankumar V, Bu L, Dietz K, and Verghese P. Somatic mosaicism in a male patient with X-linked Alport Syndrome. Kidney Int Rep. 2019 Jul; 4(7): 1031–1035.
  • Bu L, Chen J, Nelson AC, Katz A, Kashtan CE, Kim Y, and Pierpont ME. Mixed epithelial and stromal tumor (MEST) after pediatric kidney transplant. Kidney Int Rep 2019;4, 1031–1035
  • Vakil V, Birkenbach M, Woerner K and Bu L. Tubulitis in a patient treated with nivolumab: case report and literature review. J Onco-Neph 2018;2:107-112
  • Verghese PS, Reed RC, Bu L, Matas AJ, Kim Y. The clinical implications of the unique glomerular complement deposition pattern in transplant glomerulopathy. J Nephrol. 2018;31:157-164
  • Bu, L. Mild proteinuria in a kidney transplant. Renal Pathology Society Case of the Month. January 2017
  • Bu L, Nast CN. 52 year old male with an elevated serum creatinine and mild proteinuria. Renal Pathology Society Case of the Month. March 2015


Board Certifications

Anatomic Pathology, American Board of Pathology