Department of Pathology News

2016-2017 Residents and Fellows

Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 8:30 AM

Location: Moses

2016 Group Residents Fellows 






S Cameron
Sophie Cameron
Gregory Dickinsonre
Gregory Dickinson
J Schultz
Jason Schultz
Stacia Semple
Xi Zhang
Xi Zhang
Joseph Burt
Joseph Burt (PSYF)


Jeffrey Ahlstedt
Jeffrey Ahlstedt
Shaomin Hu
Shaomin Hu
Jack Jacob
Jack Jacob
Ziena Khairy
Ziena Khairy
Sigfred Lajara
Sigfred Lajara
Priyanka Patil
Priyanka Patil


Rosemari DiDonato
Rosemarie DiDonato
Ivo Francischetti
Rita Gupta
Ritu Gupta
Hugo Kaneku
Sabrine Racine-Brzostek


Evan Himchak
Chief Resident
Etan Marks
Chief Resident
Lauren McL
Lauren McLemore

Gloria RR
Gloria Ramos-Rivera
Chief Resident
Elizabeth Stuart R
Elizabeth Stuart Richards



S Gera
Shweta Gera
Seema Khutti
M Casey
Michael Casey
Michelle Gatica-Torres
Michelle Gatica-Torres
Akki Ashwan Gi Liver
Ashwan Akki,
Maheen Hossain
Maheen Hossain
m eskandari
Mohammad Eskandari
F Massimi
Farzana Massimi, MD
Molecular Genetics
Tianhua GuoCrooped
Yumei Fu, MD
Women's Health



Kirsten Fleming  Kirsten Fleming
Ari  Ari Leifer, MD
Cytopathology Fellow
Private practice group, Atlanta, GA
SMaleki  Sarah Maleki, MD
Residency, Montefiore Medical Center, NY
Cytopathology Fellow
Oncological surgical pathology fellowship, Memorial Sloan Cancer Center
Larissa Chismar  Larissa Chismar, MD
Dermatopathology Fellow
Olena Dorokhova  Olena Korokhova, MD
Residency, Montefiore Medical Center, NY
Dermatopathology Fellow
bivin2  William Bivin, MD
GI Liver Fellow
Assistant Professor and Head of Gastrointestinal Pathology, University of Missouri Health Systems
Gordana Katava2  Gordana Katava, MD
Hematopathology Fellow
Rutgers New Jersy Medical School to complete AP/CP Residency training.
Ronald Rice  Ronald Rice, MD
Residency, Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center
Hematopathology Fellow
Women's Health Fellow, Montefiore Medical Center
  Nilufer Inamdar, MD
Molecular Genetics
harmon  Bryan Harmon, MD
Women's Health Fellow Attending Pathologist, Montefiore Medical Center


Jeffrey Arnold  Jeffrey Arnold, MD
2014 Cytopathology Fellowship, University of Pennsylvannia;
2015 Surgical Pathology Fellowship, Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA
Monica Chung  Monica Chung, MD
2014 Breast Pathology Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston;
2015 Surgical Pathology Fellowship, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC
Olena Dorokhova, MD  Olena Dorokhova, MD
Dermatopatholgy Fellowship, Montefiore Medical Center
Kenneth Friedman  Kenneth Friedman, MD
2014 Gastrointestinal Pathology Fellowship, Rhode Island Hospital (Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University), Providence, RI;
2015 Surgical Pathology Fellowship, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Randin Nelson  Randin Nelson, MD
Transfusion Medicine Fellowship, National Institute of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD
Sanjita  Sanjita Ravishankar
2014 Pediatric and Perinatal Pathology, Women and Infant's Hospital/Rhode Island Hospital (Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University), Providence, RI;
2015 Surgical Pathology Fellowship, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Sophia rodriquez  Sophia Rodriquez, MD
Forensic Pathology Fellowship, New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque



Esther Adler  Esther Adler, MD
Patholgist and cytopathology director at Kings County Hospital Center and Assistant Professor at Downstate University.
Laleh Hakim  Laleh Hakima, MD
Residency, Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY
Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, MO


Jennifer Vickers  Jennifer Vickers, MD
Faculty position at UT Southwestern Dermatology, Austin, Texas
Jessica Mercer  Jessica Mercer, MD
Private practice, Gwinnett Dermatology, Atlanta GA
Andrea Chakrapani  Andrea Chakrapani, MD 


Shilpa  Shilpa Jain, MD
Attending pathologist at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.


Hong Chen  Hong Cheng, MD
Attending pathologist with Meridian Program, a private practice in New Jersey.
Yanang Fang  Yanan Fang, MD 


DaQuong ma  Deqiong Ma, MD
Clinical Cytogenetics Fellow, Montefiore Medical Center


yinhang  Yinghua Pang, MD
Attending pathologist at Woodhull Hospital, Brooklyn


Ekatarina  Ekaterina Castano, MD
Renal/GU Fellowship, Yale University
Ari2  Aaron Leifer, MD
General Oncologic Pathology Fellowship
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Cytology Fellowship, Montefiore
Jessica Niakin  Jessica Niakan, MD
Surgical Pathology and Breast Pathology
Fellowships, Mount Sinai
Anita Singh  Anita Singh, MD
Surgical Pathology and Soft Tissue Fellowships
MD Anderson, Houston, TX



Xiu Yang  Xiu Yang, MD
Attending Pathologist
University of Louisville, KY
Cole  Adam Cole, MD
Attending Pathologist
Montefiore Medical Center


Rosmanrev  Ilana Rosman, MD 
Thai Ly Yen  Thai Ly Yen, MD
Alexis Young  Alexis Young, MD 


Jonathan Chow  Jonathan Chow, MD
Attending Pathologist
Brooklyn Hospital
Weiji Li  Weiji Li, MD
Attending Pathologist
Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO


Katherine Downey  Katherine Downey, MD
South Shore Hospital, MA


Esther Adler  Esther Adler, MD
Cytopathology Fellowship
Montefiore Medical Center


Esther Adler, MD
Women's Health Fellowship, Montefiore Medical Center

Adam Cole, MD
Cytopathology Fellowship, Montefiore Medical Center

Janice Diaz-Cavalliery, MD
Forensic Pathology Fellowship, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, City of New York Program

Kristin Ware, MD
Forensic Pathology Fellowship, Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, Houston, TX


Julian Arce, MD
Attending Pathologist, Long Island College Hospital

Sarah Frost, MD
Pathology Fellow, Mount Sinai Hospital

Christopher A. D'Angelis, MD
Attending Pathologist, University at Buffalo Pathologists, Inc.

Melinda R. Mohr, MD
Attending Pathologist, Eastern Virginia Medical School

Marc Meulener, MD

GI Liver
Yusheng Han, MD
University of Minnesota

Rekha Bhat, MD

Donghong Cai, MD, PhD
Attending Pathologist, University at Buffalo Pathologists, Inc.

Surgical Pathology
Bella Graber, MD
Cytology Fellow, Syracuse University

Women's Health
Xiaoqing O'Leary, MD, PhD

Recent News 

ZhuHalmos-microscope Teaming Up to Bring Life-Saving Immunotherapy to Cancer Patients Montefiore’s IHC Laboratory and Clinical Oncology Team Up to Bring PD-L1 Testing for Cancer Immunotherapy In-House

Fooksman Visualizing the Immune Response Einstein Researchers Uncover Early Events in Severe Malaria Via Real-Time Video


MayaJoining Forces to Validate a Novel Biomarker for Breast Cancer Metastasis. In December 2016, Joseph Sparano, MD, associate chair of medical oncology at the Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care, presented an invited paper at the 39th San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Sparano reported on a study he led to clinically validate MetaSite (MS), a novel biomarker for metastasis in breast cancer. Joining him were two of his coauthors, Joan Jones, MD, and Maja Oktay, MD,PhD—both members of the Montefiore/Einstein Department of Pathology and Einstein’s Department of Anatomy & Structural Biology.



Michael Prystowsky Michael Prystowsky, MD, PhD, “The People Have Spoken,” Archives of Pathology, February the full article 



Michael PrystowskyDr. Prystowsky is also featured “An Ocean Apart,” a Q & A with leading British and American leaders in the field, on the role of pathology and pathologists. The Pathologist, January the full article  


James PullmanJames Pullman, MD, PhD, and Jonathan Nylk, PhD, “Finely Tuned Microscopy,” The Pathologist, December 2016. read the full article 



louis-weissLouis Weiss, MD, MPH, was awarded a $2.1 million, five-year grant by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to continue his efforts to understand how microsporidia—a type of single-celled parasite--infects host cells via a unique invading structure called the polar tube. read more 
DavidFooksmanDavid Fooksman, PhD, and Gregoire Lauvau, PhD, received a two-year $250,000 R21 grant from the NIAID to continue their groundbreaking use of in vivo video to shed light on the type 1 interferon pathway, an inflammatory signal that appears to play a pivotal role in severe malaria. (For details, see in Published Research and Cross-Campus Collaborations.)


FernandoFernando Macian-Juan, MD, PhD, has received a five-year, $2 million grant from the NIAID to study how chaperone-mediated autophagy (CMA) in T cells regulates the cells’ function. CMA is a degradation system that cells use to break down and recycle their more  


RachelRachel Hazan, PhD, has received a one-year, $300,000 grant renewal from the Avon Foundation to continue leading a study on the role of cell cycle inhibitor P21 in triple-negative breast cancer, with a focus on metastatic disease. Her project collaborators are Susan Fineberg, MD, and Joseph Sparano, MD.


Experimental pathology aims to define disease in terms of fundamental molecular and cellular processes. Research in our Department is focused on critical issues in multiple disease classes. Areas of focus include 

Research in each of these areas is highly interactive, and the Department strives for a collegial atmosphere in which collaborations can flourish. This effort is conducted through a variety of department-level activities, including regular meetings to discuss work in progress and a departmental retreat at which students, postdoctoral fellows, residents and faculty all have opportunity to present and discuss their research.

Research Funding Program

The Department of Pathology has established a research funding program to encourage residents and fellows to participate in clinical pilot research projects. Up to $2,000 will be awarded per research project, for projects of up to two years in duration.

Research Faculty

Amanda Beck, DVM 

Geoffrey Childs, PhD 

Joan W. Berman, PhD 

Mahalia Desruisseaux, MD, PhD 

Amy Fox, MD  

David Fooksman, PhD  

Rachel Hazan, PhD 

Lawrence Herbst, DVM, PhD 

Huan Huang, MD 

Sunhee C. Lee, MD  

Fernando Macian, MD, PhD 

Maja Oktay, MD, PhD 

Harry Ostrer, MD 

Thomas J. Ow, MD 

Michael B. Prystowsky, MD, PhD 

Moshe Sadofsky, MD, PhD 

Laura Santambrogio, MD, PhD 

Bridget Shafit-Zagardo, PhD 

Herbert Tanowitz, MD 

Louis Weiss, MD 



FernandoFernando Macian-Juan, MD, PhD, has been granted tenure in the Department of Pathology. Dr. Macian-Juan is a Professor of Pathology. The Macian-Juan laboratory studies the mechanisms that regulate the induction of T cell tolerance and exhaustion; reversal of tumor-induced T cell tolerance as an immunotherapeutic approach; autophagy and T cell function; and aging in the T cell compartment.



lauraLaura Santambrogio, MD, PhD, has been awarded tenure in the Department of Pathology. Dr. Santambrogio is a Professor of Pathology, of Microbiology & Immunology and of Orthopaedic Surgery. The Santambrogio laboratory investigates antigen processing and MHC class II presentation pathways; pathogenesis of autoimmune response to self antigens; analysis of the lymph formation and lymphatic transport.



mahaliaMahalia S. Desruisseaux, MD, has been named an Associate Professor of Pathology at Einstein. She also holds the title of Associate Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases). Dr. Desruisseaux’s research focus is cerebral malaria: mechanisms of longterm cognitive dysfunction; regulation and activation of vasoactive mediators; and on modulators of blood-brain barrier impairment, and of neuronal and glial cell dysfunction.

Wendy Szymczak, PhD, has been appointed Associate Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at Montefiore. Dr. Szymczak formerly served as assistant to Laboratory Director Michael Levi, PhD. She also holds the title of Assistant Professor of Pathology at Einstein. Prior to joining Montefiore, Dr. Szymczak completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at Einstein in 2013. She earned her doctorate in molecular genetics, biochemistry & microbiology from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2010.

Emelia Cortez, Phlebotomy Laboratory manager, and her team, received a certificate of RESPECT in January for their outstanding efforts to ensure that patients in the Phlebotomy Unit at Montefiore’s Greene Medical Arts Pavilion received excellent care despite the challenges of a particularly stressful day. The honor, bestowed on the recommendation of grateful patients, recognizes service that “exemplifies the behaviors of the Montefiore Standards of Respect.”


Over the past year, research studies by Pathology Department faculty members have been published in prestigious, peer-reviewed scientific journals.

View a sampling of these articles here. 


  Gloria Ramos-Rivera, MD, chief resident of the Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Program at Montefiore, has been awarded the College of American Pathologists’s Ventana Fellowship. Funded by Ventana Medical Systems, the $5,000 grant will allow Dr. Ramos Rivera to participate in an advanced elective in translational diagnostics. She will travel to Tucson, AZ, in June, for the four-week training. Read more. 
 Decoding the Mysteries of a Lethal Parasite
Tatsuki Sugi, DVM, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Dr. Louis Weiss, is shedding light on the survival mechanism of Toxoplasma gondii. Read more. 
Exploring Low-Intensity Focused Ultrasound’s Potential as Cancer Immunotherapy
Karin Skalina, a predoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Chandan Guha, is investigating a new application of ultrasound as a non-invasive approach to cancer immunotherapy. Read more. 

Women’s March 2017: Montefiore Pathology Resident Stands Up for Social Justice
Elizabeth Richards, MD, describes her experience as a participant in the Women’s March in Washington, DC, and in a follow-up event in New York City. Read more. 


We welcome Fabiane Matos dos Santos, PhD, a Visiting Scientist from the Federal University of Espirito Santo (FUES) in Brazil, and Sangeetha Thangaswamy, PhD,  from the Satara Univerity School of Chemical and Biotechnology in India.

Read about Drs. Matos dos Santos and Thangaswamy, and see the roster of our new Pathology residents here. 

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