Erika R. Bracamonte, MD

Dr. Bracamonte serves as Director of Surgical Pathology and oversees the Histopathology laboratory at University Medical Center.  In addition to providing surgical pathology diagnostic interpretations, she directs the renal biopsy service, including light microscopy, immunofluorescence and electron microscopic evaluation of native and allograft renal biopsies. Dr. Bracamonte serves as Director of the Post-Sophomore Fellowship program for medical students interested in spending a year in the pathology department.  In addition to teaching pathology residents and fellows, she is intimately involved in the Arizona Med Curriculum of the College of Medicine, where her lecture topics include the pathology of acute and chronic inflammation, medical renal disease, and genitourinary pathology.  

Research Interests: 

Dr. Bracamonte is interested in the mechanisms that contribute to allograft loss, particularly with regard to antibody mediated rejection and endothelial cell injury.  In collaboration with colleagues in internal medicine, surgery and clinical pathology, she is investigating ways to identify endothelial injury in renal and cardiac allografts. 

  • MD: University of Arizona College of Medicine, 2003
Honors and Awards
  • Dean’s List Awards for Excellence in Teaching, 2008
  • Dean’s List Awards for Excellence in Teaching, 2009
  • The Vernon and Virginia Furrow Award for Innovations in Teaching, 2010
  • University of California San Francisco, Anatomic Pathology, 2004-2005
  • University of Washington, Renal Pathology, 2005-2006
  • University of Arizona, Surgical Pathology, 2006-2007
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Pathology

Select Publications


Sis, B., M. Mengel, M. Haas, R. B. Colvin, P. F. Halloran, L. C. Racusen, K. Solez, W. M. Baldwin, E. R. Bracamonte, V. Broecker, et al., "Banff '09 meeting report: antibody mediated graft deterioration and implementation of Banff working groups.", Am J Transplant, vol. 10, issue 3, pp. 464-71, 2010 Mar. PMID: 20121738
Kaplan, B., T. Jie, R. Diana, J. Renz, A. Whinery, N. Stubbs, E. Bracamonte, C. Spier, P. Schubart, H. Rilo, et al., "Histopathology and immunophenotype of the spleen during acute antibody-mediated rejection.", Am J Transplant, vol. 10, issue 5, pp. 1316-20, 2010 May. PMID: 20346068


Bracamonte, E., N. Leca, K. D. Smith, R. F. Nicosia, V. Nickeleit, E. Kendrick, P. S. Furmanczyk, C. L. Davis, C. E. Alpers, and J. Kowalewska, "Tubular basement membrane immune deposits in association with BK polyomavirus nephropathy.", Am J Transplant, vol. 7, issue 6, pp. 1552-60, 2007 Jun. PMID: 17425622


Bracamonte, E. R., J. Kowalewska, J. Starr, J. Gitomer, and C. E. Alpers, "Iatrogenic phospholipidosis mimicking Fabry disease.", Am J Kidney Dis, vol. 48, issue 5, pp. 844-50, 2006 Nov. PMID: 17060007
Bracamonte, E. R., P. Hullman, and K. D. Smith, "Nodular glomerulopathy in a 50-year-old diabetic man.", Am J Kidney Dis, vol. 48, issue 6, pp. 998-1003, 2006 Dec. PMID: 17162158