Benjamin J. Wilkins, MD, PhD

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Benjamin J. Wilkins, MD, PhD, is an attending pathologist in the Division of Anatomic Pathology and a researcher in the Pediatric Liver Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Locations: Main Hospital
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)


Education and Training

Medical School

MD - University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH


Anatomic Pathology - Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis, MO


Pediatric Pathology - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification

Anatomic Pathology – American Board of Pathology
Pediatric Pathology – American Board of Pathology

Graduate Degree

PhD in Molecular and Developmental Biology - University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Pathologist


Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services




Zhao Xiao, Lorent Kristin, Wilkins Benjamin J, Marchione Dylan M, Gillespie Kevin, Waisbourd-Zinman Orith, So Juhoon, Koo Kyung Ah, Shin Donghun, Porter John R, Wells Rebecca G, Blair Ian, Pack Michael: Glutathione antioxidant pathway activity and reserve determine toxicity and specificity of the biliary toxin biliatresone in zebrafish. Hepatology (Baltimore, Md.) 64(3): 894-907, Sep 2016.

Chandramouleeswaran PM, Shen D, Lee AJ, Benitez A, Dods K, Gambanga F, Wilkins BJ, Merves J, Noah Y, Toltzis S, Yearley JH, Spergel JM, Nakagawa H, Malefyt Rd, Muir AB, Wang ML.: Preferential Secretion of Thymic Stromal Lymphopoietin (TSLP) by Terminally Differentiated Esophageal Epithelial Cells:Relevance to Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE). PLoS One 11(3): e0150968, March 2016.


Shen TC, Albenberg L, Bittinger K, Chehoud C, Chen YY, Judge C, Wang L, Ni J, Sheng M, Lin A, Wilkins BJ, Buza A, Lewis J, Daikhin Y, Nissim I, Yudkoff M, Bushman F, Wu G.: Engineering the gut microbiota to treat hyperammonemia.  J Clin Invest 25(7): 2841-50, Jul 2015.



Wilkins BJ and Pack M: Zebrafish cirh1a, the homolog of the North American Indian Childhood Cirrhosis (NAIC) disease gene, is required for ribosome biogenesis and liver and gastrointestinal development. The Liver Meeting, American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD) November 2016.

Posters and Presentations

Lectures by Invitation

Wilkins BA. Esophageal atresia caused by smooth muscle myosin dysregulation. Oral presentation at: Society for Pediatric Pathology Spring Meeting; 2015 Mar; Boston, MA.

Awards and Honors

2014, Lotte Strauss Prize, Society for Pediatric Pathology

2012, Harry B. Neustein Award, Society for Pediatric Pathology

1994-1998, Summa Cum Laude, John Carroll University

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial Positions

Peer Reviewer

2016-present, World Journal of Gastroenterology

2016-present, Pediatric and Developmental Pathology

Leadership and Memberships

2010-present, Society for Pediatric Pathology

- Research Committee