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Pathology

Vision

Our Department has a proud history of training pathologists who have been prepared for practice in academic institutions, community hospitals and reference laboratories. Our goal going forward is to help insure that each student is committed to medical excellence and has the ability to pursue a practice lifetime of self-motivated continuing medical education and improvement.

Mission

Pathology is the study of disease. We will advance our knowledge of disease through research teaching and service in order to become a respected and renowned department on both a national and international level.

We provide excellence in teaching, service and research in pathology to the students, clinicians and patients of FIU, and the community as a whole.

Research

The Department believes that research is an integral part of medical education. We encourage our students to get involved early in their careers, predominately through clinically-oriented research, that can lead to poster presentations, abstracts and peer-reviewed publications. Basic science research is also emphasized through collaboration with all other departments at the university.

Clinical

Selected scholarly publications:

  • 2016

    Morlote DM, Alexis JB. Is the routine microscopic examination of proximal and distal resection margins in colorectal cancer surgery justified? Ann Diagn Pathol. 2016 Aug;23:35-7

    Zaiac M, Daoud A, Lawrence K, Prado G, Miller N, Garces S, Recine M. Enhancing the antiseptic properties of non-sterile disposable gloves: a prospective randomized pilot study of a novel sterilization technique for dermatologic surgery, Journal of American Academy of Dermatology (2016), doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2015.12.025

    Delto JC, Garces S, Sidhu AS, Ghaffaripour T, Omarzai Y, Nieder AM. Giant Fungating Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Scrotum. Urology. 2016 May;91:e1-2

    Pundhir P, Tuda C, Vincentelli C, Morlote D, Rivera C. Scolecobasidium granulomatous pneumonia and abscess - an emerging opportunistic fungal pathogen: a case report.
    Int J STD AIDS. 2016 Apr 22. pii: 0956462416646688. [Epub ahead of print]
    PMID: 27105660

    Sanchez, G., Alexis, J. Are Autolytic-Type Changes In Cholecystectomy Specimens Related To Fixation Delay. Florida Society of Pathologists Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, February 2016. Presented at MSMC Research day on April 12, 2016. Presented at FIU
    Annual Faculty and Student Awards Ceremony & Medical, Graduate Student, and Resident Research Symposium (FIUCOM) April 29, 2016

    Imperatore K, Olivieri B, Vincentelli C. Acute gastric volvulus: a deadly but commonly forgotten complication of hiatal hernia. Autops Case Rep. 2016 Mar 30;6(1):21-6

    Sussman, D., Deshpande, A, Shankar, U, Barkin, J., Medina, A.,
    Poppiti, R.J.,Cubeddu, L., Barkin, J. Comparison of Performance Characteristics of Oval Forceps versus Serrated Jaw Forceps in Gastric Biopsy. Accepted for publication to Journal of Digestive Diseases and Sciences. March. 2016

    Ferguson, L., Kaftanovskaya, Elena M., Manresa, C, Barbara, A., Poppiti, R.J., Tan, Y., and Agoulnik, Alexander I. Constitutive Notch signaling causes abnormal development of the oviducts, abnormal angiogenesis, and cyst formation in mouse female reproductive tract. Biology of Reproduction. 2016 Mar 94(3):67

    Morlote, D., Poppiti, R.J., Yaziji, H. “Improving the Accuracy of ERBB2 (HER2) FISH Testing in Breast Cancer by Implementing a Robust Approach Encompassing Real-Time Histopathologic and Immunohistochemistry Characteristics: A Survey of 2000 Invasive Carcinomas”. United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, March 12-18, 2016

    Morlote, D., Castellano-Sanchez, A., Pelaez, L., Brathwaite, C. Epstein-Barr Virus-Associated Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma in a Patient with Complete Di George Syndrome with subsequent DLBCL, BMT and PTLD (AC). Poster presentation. Florida Society of Pathologists Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, February 2016

    Morlote, D., Alexis, J. Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans With Coexisting Fibrosarcomatous And Giant Cell Fibroblastoma-like Components In The Breast Of A Woman. Florida Society of Pathologists Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, February 2016

    Morlote, D., Castellano-Sanchez, A., Sriganeshan, V., Omarzai, Y. Follicular Dendritic Cell Sarcoma Presenting As Subcutaneous Masses In Left Chest Wall. Florida Society of Pathologists Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, February 2016

    Imperatore, K., Vento, J., Vincentelli, C. Acute Gastric Volvulus: A Deadly But Commonly Forgotten Complication Of Hiatal Hernia. Autopsy Case Report. Florida Society of Pathologists Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, February 2016

    Imperatore, K., Paramo, J., Omarzai., Y. Mucinous breast carcinoma on the nipple of a man: A case report. Florida Society of Pathologists Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, February 2016

    El Hussein, S., Alexis, J. Appendiceal Inversion. Florida Society of Pathologists Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, February 2016

    El Hussein, S., Omarzai, Y., Santos, H. Vincentelli, C. Disseminated Peritoneal Leiomyomatosis Presenting Incidentally During Cesarean Section Mimicking Malignance: A Report Of Two Cases. Florida Society of Pathologists Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, February 2016

    Garces, S., Medina, Ana M. Primary Proximal-type Epithelioid Sarcoma: Case Report. Florida Society of Pathologists Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, February 2016

    Herring, N. Brathwaite,C., Poppiti, R. Vanishing Bone Disease. Florida Society of Pathologists Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, February 2016

    Basra, P., Recine, M., Poppiti, R. Primary Carcinomsarcoma of the Gallblader with a Heterologous Component of Osteosarcoma. Florida Society of Pathologists Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, February 2016.

  • 2015

    Reed HM, Yanes RE, Delto JC, Omarzai Y, Imperatore K. Non-grafted Vaginal Depth Augmentation for Transgender Atresia, Our Experience and Survey of Related Procedures. Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2015 Oct;39(5):733-44

    Atypical Pityriasis Rosea as a Cutaneous Manifestation of Hodgkin Lymphoma. E.
    Vrotsos, J Dosal, M Zaiac, J Alexis. J Dermatol Case Rep. Accepted for publication October 2015.

    El Hussein, S., Vincentelli, C. Sporadic renal hemangioblastoma: A rare neoplasm and potential mimicker of malignancy. College of American Pathologists annual meeting. October 2015, Nashville TN. Poster presentation.

    Imperatore K, Vento J, Vincentelli C. Acute gastric volvulus: a deadly but commonly
    forgotten complication of hiatal hernia. Autopsy case report. College of American
    Pathologists annual meeting. October 2015, Nashville TN. Poster presentation.

    Delto JC, Morlote D, Recine MA, Bhandari A. A Case of Colon Cancer Metastasis to the Penis. Urology. 2015 Jul;86(1):16-8.

    Allantoic, Vitelline and “Hybrid” Embryonic Vestiges of The Umbilical Cord. An
    Immunohistochemical Study. A Hirzel, J Alexis. Appl Immunohistochem Mol
    Morphol. 2015 Jul; 23(6): 430-2.

    Is Serum Lactate Necessary In Patients With Normal Anion Gap And Serum Bicarbonate? Daniel Aronovich, DO, Maykel Trotter, MD, Cynthia Rivera, MDMichael Dalley, DO, David Farcy, MD, Michel Betancourt, MD, Lydia Howard, MD, Sharon Licciardi, Luigi Cubeddu, MD, PhD, Robert Goldszer, MD, MBA.. Critical Care, Original Research, Volumen16 Issue 3. Published May 2015 DOI: 10.5811/WESTJEM.2015.2.23906

    Gilden, D., White, T.M., Khmeleva, N., Heintzman, A., Choe, A., Boyer, P.J., Grose, C., Carpenter, J.E., Rempel, A., Bos, N., Kandasamy, B., Lear-Kaul, K., Holmes, D., Bennett, J.L., Cohrs, R.J. Mahalingam, R., Mandava, N., Eberhart, C.E., Bockelman, B., Poppiti, R. J., Tamhankar, M.A., Fogt, F., Amato, M., Wood, E., Durairaj, V., Rasmussen, S., Petursdottir, V., Pollak, L., Mendlovic, S., Chatelain, D. and Keyvani, K. Prevalence and distribution of VZV in temporal arteries of patients with giant cell arteritis. Neurology. 2015 May 12;84(19):1948-55

Education and Training

The Department participates in medical education throughout all four years. Our Pathology and Infectious Disease course leads the way during the first year followed by pathology education in every science course in Period 2. Pathology electives and selectives are available during both Period 3 and 4.

Contact Us

Florida International University
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Department of Pathology
11200 SW 8th Street, AHC 4-250W3
Tel: 305-348-0570
Fax: 305-348-0123

Voluntary Faculty

Alan Schiller, MD
Clinical Professor

Ana M. Medina, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Antonio E. Martinez, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Carole Brathwaite, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Cristina Vincentelli, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Hector Colom, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

John Alexis, MD, ChB
Clinical Associate Professor

Liset Pelaez, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Lydia Hernandez Howard, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Monica A. Recine, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Raul Vila
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pathology

Sharon Licciardi, BS(MT) ASCP, SBB
Clinical Instructor

Steven Melnick, MD
Clinical Associate Professor

Susan Sharp, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Vathany Sriganeshan, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Wendolyn Sneed, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Yumna K. Omarzai, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor