As a pediatric pathologist, I study cells on a slide to help make a diagnosis. I specialize in histiocytic neoplasms, a rare group of white blood cell disorders that affect both pediatric and adult patients. I review pathology consultations from around the world right here at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Every tissue slide I examine represents a patient. I care deeply about providing the most accurate and timely diagnosis based on the advanced tools available to me as a pathologist.
I enjoy seeing diseases in full color under the microscope, and now with digital pathology technology, also on the computer screen. Although I don't typically see patients in person, I do know them through their tissues and disease. I am honored to provide "behind the scenes" education to doctors about diseases so they can treat patients in the best manner.
As the co-director of the Histiocytosis Center at Cincinnati Children’s together with Dr. Ashish Kumar of the Cincinnati Children’s Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute, we are leading the field in the diagnosis and treatment of LCH and related histiocytic diseases.
My research focuses on the pathobiology of histiocytic neoplasms.
I was honored to be the 2018 recipient of the Histiocyte Society’s Nesbit Award in Clinical Science. The award honors collaborative research efforts on the molecular biology of juvenile xanthogranuloma lesions.
In my free time, I am an avid bike spinner, lover of travel, and hold another full-time job as a mother of two.
Pediatric pathology and histiocytic neoplasms and disorders
Histiocytic neoplasms and disorders including Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH), Erdheim Chester disease (ECD), Rosai-Dorfman-Destombes disease (RDD), juvenile xanthogranuloma family (JXG), malignant histiocytic neoplasms, and hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis and macrophage activation syndrome (HLH/MAS); secondary research areas: heart transplant pathology, digital pathology, and improving the educational experiences for academic trainees
Associate Professor, UC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Pathology, Histiocytosis Center