Kristin Olson, M.D.

Kristin A. Olson, M.D.


Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Surgical Pathology


  • Associate Dean for Curriculum and Medical Education
  • Associate Professor


To see if Kristin A. Olson is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).

Pathology Building

4400 V St.
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Primary Phone:

Additional Phone Numbers

Clinic Fax: 916-734-2560
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 pathology of the gastrointestinal tract and liver.

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


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

B.A., UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA 1996


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


Surgical Pathology with Emphasis in Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Pathology, UCLA, Los Angeles CA 2010-2011

Board Certifications

American Board of Pathology, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology,

Professional Memberships

Association of Pathology Chairs

Rodger C. Haggitt Gastrointestinal Pathology Society

United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology

Honors and Awards

Boris Ruebner and John Rosenquist Excellence in Teaching Award 2018, 2018

UC Davis Outstanding Instructor Award in Basic Sciences 2018, 2018

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

UC Davis Health System Pathology Resident Program Faculty Teaching Award 2013, 2014

Boris Ruebner & John Rosenquist Excellence in Teaching Award, 2013

University of New Mexico Leadership in Education Award, 2010

Tricore Reference Laboratory GEM Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2005

Select Recent Publications

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. AJSP. 2016; 40(11):1550-1556.

Wei D, Olson KA. Hepatic Angiomyolipoma. ASCP Case Reports. 2016.

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;30(12):4202-4213.

Bowlus C, Olson KA, Gershwin E. Evaluation of Indeterminate Biliary Strictures. Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2015;13(1):28-37.

Kim J, Olson K, Butani L. Sevelamer crystals in the mucosa of the gastrointestinal tract in a teenager with end-stage renal disease. Pediatr Nephrol. 2015; 31(2):339-4. 

Serizawa N, Tian J, Fukada H, Baghy K, Scott F, Chen X, Kiss Z, Olson K, Hsu D, Liu F, Torok N, Jiang J. Galectin 3 Regulates HCC Cell Invasion by RhoA and MLCK Activation. Lab Invest. 2015; 95(10).