Hunter, William J. M.D.

Hunter, William J. M.D.

Department of Pathology: Professor

Specialties: Electron Microscopy, Renal and Cardiovascular Pathology, Transfusion Medicine, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

Professor of Pathology,
Pathologist, Creighton University Medical Center and Omaha Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Contact Information

Primary Location:
Alegent Creighton Health/Creighton University Medical Center
Pathology Department 
601 N. 30th St
Omaha, NE. 68178

Email Address

Education and Training

B.S. - Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington (1967)
M.D. - Creighton University, Omaha, NE (1971)
Pathology Residency - University of Kansas Medical Center (1975)
Board Certified:
Anatomic/Clinical Pathology (1975)
Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine (1979)


  • Teaching: Course Director:

IDC201 Cardiovascular System (M-2 year)
IDC279 Case studies in Medicine (small group sessions M-2 year)

  • Lecturer in Molecular and Cell Biology, Neurosciences (M-1 year), Hematology/Oncology, Renal, Endocrine/Reproductive, Gastrointestinal System Courses (M-2 year)
  • Co-director and lecture in NUR 651, advanced Patholophysiology to graduate nurse practitioner program
  • Pathology residents - autopsy, surgical and cytopathology

    Research Sub-specialty Interests

    • Atherosclerosis as an inflammatory disease
    • Vitamin D and atherosclerosis
    • Apoptosis


    • Radwan MM, Radwan BM, Nandipati KC, Hunter WJ 3rd, Agrawal DK. Immunological and molecular basis of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, Expert Rev Clin Immunol. 2013 Aug;9(8):727-38.  PMID 23971751
    • Trowbridge R, Mittal SK, Sharma P, Hunter WJ, Agrawal DK. Vitamin D receptor expression in the mucosal tissue at the gastroesophageal junction. Exp Mol Pathol. 2012 Oct;93(2):246-9.
    • Trowbridge R, Sharma P, Hunter WJ, Agrawal DK. Vitamin D receptor expression and neoadjuvant therapy in esophageal adenocarcinoma. Exp Mol Pathol. 2012 Aug;93(1):147-53
    • Pan Z, Sanger WG, Bridge JA, Hunter WJ, Siegal GP,Wei S. A novel t(6;13)(q15:q34) translocation in a giant cell reparative granuloma (solid aneurysmal bone cyst). Hum Pathol. 2012 Jun, 43:952-7.
    • Gupta GK, Dhar K, Del Core MG, Hunter WJ 3rd, Hatzoudis GL, Agrawal DK. Suppressor of cytokine signaling-3 and intimal hyperplasia in porcine coronary arteries following coronary intervention. Exp. Mol. Pathol. 2011 91:346-352.
    • Aggarwal H, Aggarwal A, Hunter WJ 3rd, Yohannes P, Khan AU, Agrawal DK. Expression of Leukemia/Lymphoma Related Factor (LRF/POKEMON) in Human Benign Prostate Hyperplasia and Prostate Cancer. Exp Mol Pathol. 2011; 90:226-30.
    • Aggarwal A, Hunter WJ 3rd, Aggarwal H, Silva ED, Davey MS, Murphy RF, Agrawal DK. Expression of leukemia/lymphoma-related factor (LRF/POKEMON) in human breast carcinoma and other cancers. Exp Mol Pathol. 2010 Oct;89(2):140-8.
    • Kaushik M, Alla VM, Pasupuleti S, Hunter C, ShatatL, Hunter WJ. Cardiac angiosarcoma and recurrent pericardial effusion. South Med J. 2010 Aug; 103:849-50.
    • Thambidorai SK, Korlakunta HL, Arouni AJ, Hunter WJ, Holmbrg MJ: Acute Eosinophilic Myocarditis Mimicking Myocardial Infarction.  Tex Heart Inst J 2009; 36 (4):355-7
    • Wang B, Hunter WJ, Bin-Sagheer S, Bewtra C: Rare Potential Pitfall in Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy in Gastric Duplication Cyst.  Acta Cytologica 2009 53(2):219-21.
    • Wang B, Bewtra C, Hunter W: Diffusely Spreading, Superficial Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma: Case Report with Cyto and Histopathologic Features. The Internet Journal of Pathology, 2007, Vol 6, Number 2.
    • Zenggang Pan &William J. Hunter: Hydatid Cyst of the Liver: A Case Report and Review of the Literature:  The Internet Journal of Parasitic Diseases. 2007; Volume 2, Number 1.
    • Turaga KK, Silva-Lopez E, Sanger WG, Nelson M, Hunter WJ, Miettinen M, Gatalica Z. A (9;11) (q34:q13) translocation in a hibernoma. Cancer, Genetics and Cytogenetics; 2006, 170:163-166.
    • Kroeger KD, Mitra AK, Declore M, Hunter WJ, Agrawal DK: A comparison of stent-induced stenosis in coronary and peripheral arteries. Journal of Pathology 2006 (In press).
    • Allen TR, Krueger KD, Hunter WJ, Agrawal DK: Evidence that insulin-like growth factor-1 requires protein kinase C-epsilon, PI3-kinase and mitogen-activated protein kinase pathways to protect human vascular smooth muscle cells from apoptosis. Immunol Cell Biol. 2005 Dec; 83(6):651-67.
    • Bewtra C, Xie QM, Hunter WJ, Jurgensen W: Ichthyosis uteri: a case report and review of the literature. Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine 2005 May; 129(5): e124-5.
    • Caughron SK, Bridge JA, Bewtra CB, Hunter WJ, Soundararajan S, Silva E, Gatalica Z: Monosomy 22 as a diagnostic aid in a case of late recurrence of adult granulosa cell tumor of the ovary. Cancer, Genetics, and Cytogenetics; 2005, 156(1):83-5.
    • Yohannes P, Hunter WJ, Prasad M: Primary adenocarcinoma of cutaneous vesicostomy 40 years later, a rare case. Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine 2004; 128:e58-e59.
    • Dhume AS, Soundararajan K, Hunter WJ, Agrawal DK: Comparison of vascular smooth muscle cell apoptosis and fibrous cap morphology in symptomatic and asymptomatic carotoid artery disease. Annals of Vascular Surgery 2003; 17(1):1-8.
    • Krueger KD, Hunter WJ, DelCore MG, Agrawal DK: Calphostin C as a rapid and strong inducer of apoptosis in human coronary artery smooth muscle cells. International Immunopharmacology 2003; 3(13-14: 1751-1759.
    • Allen RT, Hunter WJ, Agrawal DK: Morphologic and temporal analysis of vascular smooth muscle cell apoptosis induced by c-Myc and E1A. Scanning 1998;20:577-586.
    • Allen RT, Pai J, Bovard K, Hunter WJ, Agrawal DK: Immunogold staining for Bcl-xL and morphological analysis of rat and human vascular smooth muscle cell undergoing apoptosis induced by c-Myc or saturosporine. Scanning 1998;20(3):207-208.
    • Pai J, Knoop FC, Hunter WJ, Agrawal DK: Chlamydia pnuemoniae and occlusive vascular disease: Identification and characterization. J Pharmacol Toxicol Methods 1998; 39: 51-61
    • Allen RT, Hunter Wj, Agrawal DK: Morphologic and Temporal Anaylsis of Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Apoptosis Induced by c-Myc and E1A. Scanning 1998; 20: 577-586.
    • Skoumal SM, Florell SR, Bydalek MK, Hunter WJ: Malpractice Protection: Communication of Diagnostic Uncertainty. Diagnostic Cytopathology 1996; 14: 385-389.
    • Allen RT, Hunter WJ, Agrawal DK: Morphological and Biochemical Characterization and Analysis of Apoptosis. Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods 1997; 37: 215-228.
    • W. Hunter et al: A Noninjury, Diet-Induced Swine Model of Atherosclerosis for Cardiovascular-Interventional Research. Angiology 1996; 47: 849-858.