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Paul Lappinga, MD


  • Medical School
    University of Minnesota Medical School (Minneapolis, MN)
    University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences (Grand Forks, ND)
  • Residency
    Clinical & Anatomical Pathology: Mayo Clinic & Graduate School (Rochester, MN)
  • Fellowship
    Cytopathology: Mayo Clinic & Graduate School (Rochester, MN)
  • Board Certifications
    Board Certified: American Board of Pathology-Cytopathy
    Board Certified: American Board of Pathology-Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
    Board Certified: National Board of Medical Examiners, USMLE Steps I, II (including Clinical Skills portion), III

Surgical Pathology

To deliver accurate and timely diagnostic results to patients and providers.

1: Lappinga PJ, Kip NS, Jin L, Lloyd RV, Henry MR, Zhang J, Nassar A. HMGA2 gene expression analysis performed on cytologic smears to distinguish benign from malignant thyroid nodules. Cancer Cytopathol. 2010 Jul 1. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 20597139.

2: Lappinga PJ, Abraham SC, Murray JA, Vetter EA, Patel R, Wu TT. Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth: histopathologic features and clinical correlates in an underrecognized entity. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2010 Feb;134(2):264-70. PubMed PMID: 20121616.

3: Wood AJ, Lappinga PJ, Ahmed I. Hepatocellular carcinoma metastatic to skin: diagnostic utility of antihuman hepatocyte antibody in combination with albumin in situ hybridization. J Cutan Pathol. 2009 Feb;36(2):262-6. Epub 2008 Aug 24. PubMed PMID: 18727662.


Dr. Lappinga provides diagnostic anatomic services in autopsy pathology, cytopathology, dermatopathology, flow cytometry, hematopathology, immunohistochemistry, and surgical pathology. Clinical pathology (laboratory) services include clinical chemistry, coagulation, hematology, immunology, microbiology and transfusion (blood bank).

I am married and have two children. In my spare time I enjoy fishing, woodworking and spending time with my family.
Primary Practice Location

Sanford Bemidji Medical Center

1300 Anne Street NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

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(218) 751-5430
(800) 833-8979