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Staff Physician, Division of Pathology

Staff Physician, Division of Cardiology

Affiliate, Global Health Center

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pathology & Laboratory MedicineUC Department of Pediatrics


My Biography & Research


Dr. Kasten is a board-certified anatomic pathologist and board-certified pediatric pathologist. She finds congenital heart disease particularly fascinating -- both structural heart disease as well as microscopic heart disease-- alongside transplant pathology, myocarditis of all types, cardiac tumors, and complex medical autopsies, particularly those with an underlying cardiac cause of death. As a general diagnostic pediatric and perinatal pathologist, she sees cases from all pathologic subspecialties, and her mantra at all times is to fit her pathology diagnoses into the clinical, social, and cultural context of the child.

Dr. Kasten trained in tropical medicine and global health at both the London School of Tropical Medicine and at the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Marshall Scholar to the United Kingdom. As such, she has worked in multiple countries on several continents and is profoundly interested in improving diagnostic medicine capacity worldwide. She is active in the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), including its Center for Global Health, and enjoys consulting internationally on issues of diagnostic quality, pathology systems, and laboratory medicine.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric cardiac pathology; complex medical autopsy; diagnostic pediatric surgical pathology; perinatal pathology; procedural cytology; global pathology capacity-building

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pathology & Laboratory MedicineUC Department of Pediatrics


Pathology, Cardiology Clinic, Cardiology, Pathology, Global Health Center

My Education

MD: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY, 2010.

MSc: History of Medicine, Science and Technology, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, 2005.

MSc: Control of Infectious Disease, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK, 2003.

Fellowship: Pediatric Pathology, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, 2017-18.

Residency: Anatomic Pathology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, 2014-17.

Research Fellowship: American Society of Transplant Surgeons Surgeon-Scholar / UCLA Medical Center Department of Surgery, Los Angeles, CA, 2012-14.

Residency: General Surgery, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA, 2010-12.

Certification: Anatomic Pathology, 2017; Pediatric Pathology, 2018.

My Publications

Kasten J, Rakheja D, Zhang S, Thankavel P, Das BB. Reverse histologic remodeling after mechanical unloading of failing hearts in children with dilated cardiomyopathy. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2017 Jun 23 pii:S1053-2498(17)31875.

Kasten JL. Resident burnout: not just for the "long hours" specialties. Academic Medicine. Jul;92(7):904-5.

Ellington N, Wolf MTF, Kasten J, Rakheja D. Omental arteriopathy in primary atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome. Int Journal Surg Path. 2017 Sep;25(6):515-517.

Kasten JL, Chen W, Fuda F, Koduru P, Monaghan SA. Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma with signet ring morphology involving bone marrow, peripheral blood and cerebrospinal fluid. BloodMed.

Hu C, Kasten JL, Park H, Tai DS, Bhargava R, Grody WW, Cederbaum SD, Lipshutz GS. Myocyte-Mediated Arginase 1 Expression Controls Hyperargininemia but not Hyperammonemia in the Arginase-Deficient Mouse. Mol Ther. 2014 Oct;22(10):1792-802.

Kasten JL, Hu C, Bhargava R, Park HY, Tai DS, Byrne JA, Marescau B, De Dyn PP, Schlichting L, Grody WW, Cederbaum SD, Lipshutz GS. Lethal phenotype in conditional late-onset arginase 1 deficiency in the mouse. Mol Gen & Metab. 2013 Nov;110(3):222-30.

Ricca RL, Kasten J, Javid PJ. Superior mesenteric artery syndrome after minimally invasive correction of pectus excavatum: impact of post-operative weight loss. J Pediatr Surg. 2012 Nov;47(11):2137-9.

King JD, Ngondi J, Kasten J, Diallo MO, Zhu H, Cromwell EA, Emerson PM. Randomised trial of face-washing to develop a standard definition of a clean face for monitoring trachoma control programmes. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2011 Jan;105(1):7-16.

Avraham T, Daluvoy SV, Kueberuwa E, Kasten JL, Mehrara BJ. Anatomical and Surgical Concepts in Lymphatic Regeneration. Breast J. 2010 Nov-Dec;16(6):639-43.

Shapiro AE, Tukahebwa EM, Kasten J, Clarke SE, Magnussen P, Olsen A, Kabatereine NB, Ndyomugyenyi R, Brooker S. Epidemiology of helminth infections and their relationship to clinical malaria in southwest Uganda. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. Jan 2005;99(1):18-24.