I’m a board certified anatomic and pediatric pathologist practicing in general pediatric pathology for the last 13 years with key expertise in vascular pathology, pediatric liver tumor pathology, and cilia motility studies/ultrastructure analysis. I strive to get to the depth of the problem, look for clues like Sherlock Holmes, try and be as detailed as possible in the course of my review in order to get to a correct diagnosis which may eventually influence treatment and future management of the child.
It’s always been my desire to work in the medical field, diagnose, and treat children as I believe they hold the key to a brighter tomorrow. Some may think of children as small adults, but the majority of their pathology is unique only to them, thus making pediatric pathology special.
In addition to my clinical service work, I enjoy and having been teaching medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty. Compared to other specialties, pediatric pathologists are sparse worldwide thus since 2015, I have been travelling yearly internationally to provide education in pediatric pathology.
To date, I have 50+ peer reviewed publications, and coauthored a handful of book chapters mostly in areas that have lead me to be skilled in vascular anomalies, liver tumor, and pediatric pathology. Translational research bridges the gap between basic science and current management, and my publications encompass collaboration with both sides to include current pathological classification, pathogenesis into a given disease, descriptions of pathology lesions, new entity descriptions, pathologic differential diagnosis, and diagnostic methods to an eventual diagnosis. My colleagues and I were honored by the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) with a Certificate of Merit for our article Radiologic-Pathologic Update on Vascular Lesions: A Review of the 2014 Revised Classification of Vascular Tumors and Malformations According to the International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies (ISSVA).
Through translational research, I along with my collaborators hope to seek more information on the following:
- Pathology classification and nomenclature of vascular anomalies
- Pathology-radiology correlation with liver tumors, liver fibrosis and vascular anomalies
- Etiology of the development of fibrolamellar carcinoma.
- Background liver and liver adenoma correlation in children, and what causes them
- Understanding what happens to the liver when flow is altered or disrupted
- Primary ciliary dyskinesias
In my free time I love to cook, have an interest in healing properties of teas and herbals, aromatherapy, enjoying traveling, writing, and keeping up to date with worldly events.
Pediatric pathology; surgical pathology; pediatric liver tumors and vascular anomalies; ciliapathies; vascular anomalies; pediatric liver and cardiac transplant pathology; non-neoplastic liver anomalies; colorectal developmental anomalies/cloaca
Professor, UC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Pathology, Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations, Colorectal Disorders, Liver Tumor