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Staff Pathologist, Division of Pathology

Affiliate, Global Health Center

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


Board Certified

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 and Laboratory MedicineUC Department of Pediatrics


Pathology, Cardiology, Pathology, Global Health

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.