Paari Murugan, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Paari Murugan

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-273-5465

Lab Phone 612-273-1142

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

Jawaharlal Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research (Pathology), Pondicherry, India (Pathology), 2008

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (Anatomic Pathology), 2012

MD Anderson Cancer Center (Oncological Surgical Pathology), 2013

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (Genitourinary Pathology), 2014

Madras Medical College (MBBS), Chennai, India, 2004


Dr. Murugan is a board certified anatomic pathologist whose area of expertise is in the surgical pathology of genitourinary and bone / soft tissue tumors. He works closely with multidisciplinary teams involving urologists, orthopedicians, medical/radiation oncologists, and radiologists in providing expert care to patients with kidney, urinary bIadder, prostate, adrenal, testis, bone and soft tissue neoplasms. His 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. Murugan is involved in medical student, resident and fellow education as well as translational research. He enjoys teaching and is constantly engaged with residents and fellows with interactive discussions during daily sign-outs and conferences. In acknowledgment of his contribution, he was conferred the Anatomic Pathology Teacher of the Year award in 2015 and 2018. His research projects mainly focus on the histomorphological features of neoplastic entities and their immunohistochemical and molecular profiles. He correlates these findings with tumor behavior in relevance to therapy and prognosis. 

Dr. Murugan has contributed over 60 peer-reviewed publications, numerous scientific meeting presentations, book chapters and has lectured nationally and internationally. He is an associate editor for the journal Diagnostic Pathology and ad hoc reviewer for several journals including Journal of Urology, BMC Cancer, Virchows Archiv and Human Pathology.He also serves as Medical Director of the University of Minnesota CTSI's Biorepository and Laboratory Services.



Selected Publications

PubMed link


  • Cheng E, Murugan P, Ogilvie C (2020) Tenosynovial Giant Cell Tumor/Pigmented Villonodular Synovitis: In Trent J, Delaney T, Pollock R, Rosenberg A (eds). Sarcomas: Evidence-based Diagnosis and Management. Springer Publishing Company, New York
  • Murugan P, Alanee S. Squamous Carcinoma of Bladder: In Bladder Cancer, International Consultation on Bladder Cancer, European Association of Urology, 3rd ed. 2017
  • Gopal M, Murugan P, Mamdani N, Jayashree S, Gopichandran V: Acing the USMLE and the Match – A guide for international medical graduates. Jaypee Medical Publishers, New Delhi, 2008.


Board Certifications

American Board of Pathology, 2012