17084-Kuhar, Matthew

Matthew J. Kuhar, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

IU Health Pathology Laboratory
350 W 11th Street, Room 4056

Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Dr. Matthew Kuhar supports the Pathology Department’s numerous educational programs across the state of Indiana in his role as Vice Chair of Education.  He works with leaders of each program to help set strategic aims, remove barriers to success, and identify resources and best practices with the goal of improving educational outcomes and meeting the pathology workforce needs of Indiana and beyond.         

Dr. Kuhar previously served the Pathology Residency Program Director for eight years, and now serves as an Associate Residency Program Director.  He is an Associate Professor of Pathology, Laboratory Medicine, and Dermatology; his clinical practice is devoted to Dermatopathology.  

As a medical student at Drexel University, he received the Joel J. Roslyn MD award for “Outstanding Leadership while Demonstrating a Notable Level of Commitment and Service to His Fellow Students”.  As a pathology resident at IUSM, he was the inaugural recipient of the department’s “Resident Award for Excellence in Teaching” in 2008, and again in 2009.  He was the IUSM House Staff Forum President from 2006-2008. More recently as a faculty at IUSM, he was awarded the 2018 “Trustee Teaching Award.” 

Dr. Kuhar is active within IUSM more broadly.  He is the department’s representative to the Faculty Steering Committee.  He has served on the Diversity Council, Faculty Assembly, Teacher-Learner Advocacy Committee, System Lab Formulary Committee, Graduate Medical Education Committee, and as an inaugural member of the Graduate Medical Education Executive Committee where he was charged with annual program evaluation and quality improvement review for the 100+ accredited residency and fellowship programs at IUSM.  He has also served as the faculty advisor of the Alliance at IUSM student interest group, and as the Medical Student Career Mentor for the Department of Pathology.    

National service is a passion of his, and he is very active in multiple organizations, especially those related to the accreditation of training programs, the certification of pathologists, and dermatopathology.  Dr. Kuhar serves on the ACGME Review Committee for Pathology, which sets national accreditation requirements for pathology residency and fellowship programs, monitors program compliance with those standards, and renders accreditation decisions.  He is also a co-author of the ACGME Dermatopathology 2.0 Milestones. He has served as a board examiner for the American Board of Pathology for Dermatopathology certification (2017-2022) and for Continuing Certification in Anatomic Pathology (2016-2023).  Dr. Kuhar has contributed to reshaping life-long learning of pathology through his work on the ABPath Continuing Certification Advisory Committee.  He has served on multiple committees of the American Society of Dermatopathology, and currently serves on their Mentorship Awards Committee and Membership Committee.  He volunteers his time at the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, where he chairs their Resident Advisory Subcommittee and is a member of the Finance, Membership, and DEI Committees.

Key Publications

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Spandau DF, Chen R, Wargo J, Rohan C, Southern D, Zhang A, Loesch M, Weyerbacher J, Tholpady S, Lewis D, Kuhar M, Tsai KY, Kemp MG, Markey M, Cates E, Williams A, Knisely C, Bashir S, Gabbard R, Hoopes R, and Travers JB.  Randomized controlled trial of fractionated laser resurfacing to aged skin as prophylaxis against actinic neoplasia.  Journal of Clinical Investigation. 2021 Oct 1;131(19):e150972.  doi: 10.1172/JCI150972

Hurst K, Bisbee EL, Parsons AC, Patel RM, North JP, Tse JY, Kuhar M, Plaza JA, Motaparthi K.  Impact of the American Society of Dermatopathology Mentorship Awards Program.  Journal of Cutaneous Pathology. 2021; 48(11):1432-1434.

Alrabadi N, Gibson N, Curless K, Cheng L, Kuhar M, Chen S, Warren SJP, Alomari AK. Detection of driver mutations in BRAF can aid in diagnosis and early treatment of dedifferentiated metastatic melanoma.  Modern Pathology. 2019;32(3):330-337.

Titles & Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
  • Culbertson Scholar in Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology
  • Vice Chair of Education
  • Pathology Associate Residency Program Director
  • Education
    2010 FEL Dermatopathology, Indiana University
    2009 RES Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Indiana University
    2005 MD Drexel University
    2001 BS Gannon University
  • Research


  • Professional Organizations
    American Medical Association
    American Society of Dermatopathology
    Association of Pathology Chairs (APC)
    College of American Pathologists
    Indiana Association of Pathologists
    United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology
  • Board Certifications
    American Board of Pathology - Dermatopathology
    American Board of Pathology - Pathology-Anatomic/Pathology-Clinical*
  • Clinical Interests


    Melanocytic proliferations

    Inflammatory skin disorders

  • Awards
    Org: Indiana University
    Desc: Trustee Teaching Award
    Scope: School
    Date: 2018-05-01
    Org: Indiana University, Dept of Pathology
    Desc: Resident Award for Excellence in Teaching
    Scope: Department
    Date: 2009-06-19
    Org: Indiana University, Dept of Pathology
    Desc: Resident Award for Excellence in Teaching
    Scope: Department
    Date: 2008-06-20
    Org: Drexel University
    Desc: Joel J Roslyn Award for Outstanding Leadership
    Scope: School
    Date: 2005-05-18
    Org: Drexel University
    Desc: Richard Shuman Award for Excellence in Pathology and Lab Medicine
    Scope: Department
    Date: 2005-05-18

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