Kristin A. Olson, M.D. for UC Davis Health

Kristin A. Olson, M.D.

Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor

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Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Surgical Pathology

Locations and Contact

4400 V St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Additional Numbers

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Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

As a strong patient advocate, I am passionate about providing our patients with excellent care in the form of accurate and timely diagnoses.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Olson's clinical interests include gastrointestinal pathology, general surgical pathology, microbiology and infectious disease, informatics, and medical education.

Research/Academic Interests

My research interests include tumors and inflammatory conditions of the gastrointestinal tract and liver, as well as effective interventions in medical education.

For his full details on Dr. Olson's leadership role and activities, please visit her executive leadership bio page.


Anatomic Pathology

Undergraduate School

B.A., English, UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA 1996

Medical School

M.D., Anatomic Pathology, Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus OH 2004


Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, University of New Mexico, Albuqueque NM 2005-2010


Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles CA 2010-2011

Boris Ruebner and John Rosenquist Excellence in Teaching Award, 2018

UC Davis Outstanding Instructor Award in Basic Sciences, 2018

Kaiser Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching in Clinical Sciences, 2015

UC Davis Health System Pathology Resident Program Faculty Teaching Award, 2014

Boris Ruebner & John Rosenquist Excellence in Teaching Award, 2013

Tejaswi S, Loehfelm TW, Olson KA. Cholangioscopy in primary sclerosing cholangitis: a case series of benign features. VideoGIE. 2021 Jun 30;6(9):431-437. doi:10.1016/j.vgie.2021.05.008. PMID:34527845.

Koteeswaran R, Dudrey E, da Silva LFF, Kreisle R, Manglik N, Olson K, Padilla O, Ruggiero F, Russell B, Saxena R, Williams N, Talmon G. Group for Research In Pathology Education (GRIPE) 2019 Annual Winter Meeting-Making Pathology Relevant for Millennials: Challenges in teaching the new generation of medical students, using technology tools and enhancing pathology education in the 21st century, 48th Annual Winter Meeting, Jan 24-26th, 2019, New Orleans, LA. Med Sci Educ. 2019 May 18;29(3):877-880. doi:10.1007/s40670-019-00748-8. PMID:34457555.

Wang G, Corwin MT, Olson KA, Badawi RD, Sarkar S. Dynamic PET of human liver inflammation: impact of kinetic modeling with optimization-derived dual-blood input function. Phys Med Biol. 2018 Jul 24;63(15):155004. doi:10.1088/1361-6560/aac8cb. PMID:29847315.

Tian J, Yang G, Chen HY, Hsu DK, Tomilov A, Olson KA, Dehnad A, Fish SR, Cortopassi G, Zhao B, Liu FT, Gershwin ME, Török NJ, Jiang JX. Galectin-3 regulates inflammasome activation in cholestatic liver injury. FASEB J. 2016 Dec;30(12):4202-4213. doi:10.1096/fj.201600392RR. Epub 2016 Sep 14. PMID:27630169.

Matsukuma K, Gui D, Olson KA, Tejaswi S, Clayton EF, Thai A. OsmoPrep-associated Gastritis: A Histopathologic Mimic of Iron Pill Gastritis and Mucosal Calcinosis. Am J Surg Pathol. 2016 Nov;40(11):1550-1556. doi:10.1097/PAS.0000000000000706. PMID:27454942.

Serizawa N, Tian J, Fukada H, Baghy K, Scott F, Chen X, Kiss Z, Olson K, Hsu D, Liu FT, Török NJ, Zhao B, Jiang JX. Galectin 3 regulates HCC cell invasion by RhoA and MLCK activation. Lab Invest. 2015 Oct;95(10):1145-56. doi:10.1038/labinvest.2015.77. Epub 2015 Jul 6. PMID:26146960.

Rogers J, Gui D, Olson K. Xanthomatous Pseudotumor as a Rare Cause of Small Bowel Obstruction and Mimic of Malignancy: Case Report and Review of the Literature. Am Soc Clin Pathol Case Rep: Surgical Pathol. 2015 Oct;144(issue suppl_2):A406. doi:10.1093/ajcp/144.suppl2.406.

Olson KA, Dry SM. A 61-Year-Old Man with Crampy Abdominal Pain. eMedicine. 2014 Nov 11.

Mann NS, Gupta A, Olson K. Hepato-biliary Abnormalities in Adult Celiac Sprue: Systematic Evaluation of 1095 Cases with Meta-Analysis. Int Med J. 2014 June; 21(3):299-303. doi:10.14309/00000434-201210001-00338.

Olson KA, Cortina G. Sessile Serrated Adenomas and the Serrated Polyposis Syndrome. Am Soc Clin Pathol Check Sample: Surgical Pathol. 2012 September; 40(11).