Paula E North, MD

Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Pediatric Pathology
Children’s Wisconsin since 2005
  • Professor, Department of pathology, the Medical College of Wisconsin




Dr. North is a professor in the Department of pathology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. As an internationally recognized expert in the pathological diagnosis of congenital and perinatal vascular anomalies, she provides primary Pathology diagnostic support to the Birthmarks and Vascular Anomalies Center as well as an international vascular anomalies consultation service. Dr. North is also Professor in the Institute for Health and Society at MCW and an active member of the MCW Global Health Program. 


  • Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Pediatric Pathology

Areas of Interest

  • Birthmarks
  • Pathology
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Education and Awards


  • 1992, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, MD


  • 1995, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences - Pathology


  • 1992 -- Richard J. Webber Research Award, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • 1992 -- Faculty Gold Key, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, School of Medicine
  • 2000 -- John P. Milliken Award for Research, International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies
  • 2010 -- College of American Pathologists Humanitarian Award
  • 2015 -- Named the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation (VBF) Physician of the Year

Research and publications


Dr. North is internationally recognized for her landmark research regarding the origin of hemangiomas. This work and subsequent studies have yielded several important clues about what causes infantile hemangiomas as well as important new tools for diagnosing them. Her most recent work in the field of vascular anomalies contributed significantly to the discovery of the genetic cause of port-wine stains.

Dr. North is also a funded researcher in the field of environmental health, serving as Deputy Director of the NIH/NIEHS-supported Children’s Environmental Health Sciences Core Center. She is Principal Investigator for a Fogarty International Center exploratory grant in environmental health focused in the rainforest of Northern Peru.