A photo of Lara Berklite.

Lara E. Berklite, MD

  • Member, Division of Pathology
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine



I practice pediatric pathology and laboratory medicine, including autopsy, transplant pathology, pathology of liver diseases, gastrointestinal diseases and pediatric solid tumors. I‘m a team player who strives to do her best in her field of expertise. While I talk mostly to other healthcare providers, I know that everything I do impacts patients and their families.

I’ve always had a passion for discovery, research and children. It’s important to me that my work contributes to positive change, both in patient care and in my community. Pediatric pathology provides an avenue to improve clinical outcomes and quality of life for children by better understanding pediatric disease.

As a medical student at Cincinnati Children’s, I was inspired by the dedication and motivation of the pediatric clinical teams and wanted to be part of their efforts to advance medical knowledge. As a behind-the-scenes doctor, most patients and families never meet me, but I play an important role in diagnosis and management decisions. I’m dedicated to providing the absolute highest quality care for patients at this hospital.

In my research, I study pediatric solid tumor biology, mechanisms of therapy resistance in malignancy and liver disease pathology.

During my free time, I love to run around Cincinnati (especially with my dog), try new restaurants, explore local parks and read all kinds of books.

MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2013.

Residency: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA.

Certification: AP/CP American Board of Pathology, 2021.

Fellowship: Pediatric Pathology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2021 - 2022.

Services and Specialties



Pediatric solid tumors; pediatric liver pathology


Su2029 INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY VS. ENDOSCOPIC ULTRASOUND GUIDED LIVER BIOPSIES IN PEDIATRIC MASLD. Schwartz, TS; Mouzaki, M; Berklite, L; Lopez-Nunez, O; Miethke, A; Xanthakos, S; Vitale, DS. Gastroenterology. 2024; 166:s-898.

Pediatric hepatic vascular tumors: clinicopathologic characteristics of 33 cases and proposed updates to current classification schemes. Berklite, L; Malik, F; Ranganathan, S; Gupta, A. Human Pathology. 2023; 141:78-89.

Focal Nodular Hyperplasia-Like Lesions With Glypican-3 Positivity in Infancy. Berklite, L; Shenoy, A; Hollowell, M; Fung, B; Ranganathan, S. Pediatric and developmental pathology : the official journal of the Society for Pediatric Pathology and the Paediatric Pathology Society. 2023; 26:30-38.

Teratoid Hepatoblastoma-Our Experience. Berklite, L; Ranganathan, S. Cancers. 2022; 14:6135.

Large viral meningoencephalitis CSF serologic panel lacks utility in clinical decisions and outcomes. Berklite, L; Mitchell, S; Wheeler, SE. Clinical Biochemistry. 2022; 109-110:17-22.

Pediatric Benign Tumors With a Skeletal Muscle Component: Myogenin Expression, Diagnostic Pitfalls, and New Molecular Insights. Berklite, L; Ozolek, J; Wang, L; Santoro, L; Donofrio, V; Stracuzzi, A; John, I; Alaggio, R. Pediatric and developmental pathology : the official journal of the Society for Pediatric Pathology and the Paediatric Pathology Society. 2021; 24:213-226.

SOX9 Immunohistochemistry in the Distinction of Angiomatoid Fibrous Histiocytoma From Histologic Mimics: Diagnostic Utility and Pitfalls. Berklite, L; John, I; Ranganathan, S; Parafioriti, A; Alaggio, R. Applied Immunohistochemistry and Molecular Morphology. 2020; 28:635-640.

Fibrous histiocytoma/dermatofibroma in children: the same as adults?. Berklite, L; Ranganathan, S; John, I; Picarsic, J; Santoro, L; Alaggio, R. Human Pathology. 2020; 99:107-115.

Early Bilateral Gonadoblastoma Associated With 45,X/46,XY Mosaicism: The Spectrum of Undifferentiated Gonadal Tissue and Gonadoblastoma in the First Months of Life. Berklite, L; Witchel, SF; Yatsenko, SA; Schneck, FX; Reyes-Múgica, M. Pediatric and developmental pathology : the official journal of the Society for Pediatric Pathology and the Paediatric Pathology Society. 2019; 22:380-385.

Patient Ratings and Comments

All patient satisfaction ratings and comments are submitted by actual patients and verified by a leading independent patient satisfaction company, NRC Health. Patient identities are withheld to ensure confidentiality and privacy. Only those providers whose satisfaction surveys are administered through Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center are displayed. Click here to learn more about our survey

Overall Patient Rating