Britt-Marie Ljung, MD


Dr. Britt-Marie Ljung is a pathologist and one of several doctors at UCSF Medical Center who performs fine needle aspirations, a simple procedure through which material is drawn out of a lump or tumor to determine if it is benign or malignant. The procedure can yield a quick assessment within a day or two. Ljung is dedicated to finding the causes of cancer and providing patients a timely diagnosis.

Educated in Stockholm, Sweden at the Karolinska Institute, she earned a medical degree in 1975. She completed part of her medical training in Sweden in oncology, the study of cancer; and in cytology, the study of cellular diagnosis. She continued her training at UCLA and in 1983 completed a residency in pathology, the medical science most concerned with the development of abnormal conditions, such as cancer. She joined the staff at UCSF Medical Center that same year. Ljung has written over 100 articles on the complex nature of breast and other cancers for medical and scientific journals. She is a professor of pathology at UCSF with activities in cytopathology, the science that deals with disease on the cellular level.


Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy Clinic
1825 Fourth St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-7043
Fax: (415) 353-7676

Hours: Monday to Friday
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy Clinic
1600 Divisadero St., Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-7043
Fax: (415) 353-7676

Hours: Monday to Friday
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Karolinska Institute Sweden 1975


UCLA Medical Center, Anatomic Pathology 1983


Karolinska Hospital, Sweden 1980
UCSF Medical Center, Cytology 1986

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Ljung BM. Thyroid fine-needle aspiration: smears versus liquid-based preparations. Cancer. 2008 Jun 25; 114(3):144-8.
  2. Ljung BM, Langer J, Mazzaferri EL, Oertel YC, Wells SA, Waisman J. Training, credentialing and re-credentialing for the performance of a thyroid FNA: a synopsis of the National Cancer Institute Thyroid Fine-Needle Aspiration State of the Science Conference. Diagn Cytopathol. 2008 Jun; 36(6):400-6.

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