Surgical Pathology Service
Director of Surgical Pathology and Vice Chair
Associate Director of Surgical Pathology
Assistant to the Vice Chair Contact
- Tom Rocereto
- Academic Affairs and Consults
- 505 Parnassus Avenue
- M590, Box 0102
- San Francisco, CA 94143-0102
- Phone: 415-353-1633
- Fax: 415-353-1200
Main Departmental Administrative Office (Clinical Inquiries)
- Phone: 415-353-1613
Hot Seat Desk
- Phone: 415-353-1296
The UCSF Surgical Pathology division is composed of diagnostic surgical pathologists with expertise in a broad array of specialties. This division is based primarily at Moffitt-Long Hospital as well as Mt. Zion Hospital and is under the direction of Dr. Linda Ferrell. Approximately 25,0000 surgical specimens (excluding dermatopathology, cytopathology, and bone marrow specimens) are evaluated annually at these two hospitals. The core Surgical Pathology service at Moffitt-Long and Mt Zion hospitals is associated with sub-specialty divisions of Neuropathology, Dermatopathology, Medical Renal Pathology, Cytopathology, and Bone Marrow Pathology (in the Department of Laboratory Medicine). The pathology departments at the San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center and the Veterans Administration Medical Center offer their own surgical pathology services under direction of Dr. Walter Finkbeiner (SFGH).
Moffitt-Long Hospital (ML) and Mt Zion Hospital (MtZ) Surgical Pathologists:
- Yunn-Yi Chen, MD, PhD (GI and Breast) – ML
- Teresa M. Darragh, MD (Cytopath and GYN) – ML
- Linda Ferrell, MD (Liver and GI) – ML
- Karuna Garg, MD (Breast, GYN, Kidney Tumor) – ML
- Ryan M. Gill, MD, PhD (Liver, GI, Hematopathology) – ML
- Andrew Horvai, MD, PhD (Bone/Soft Tissue) – MtZ
- Gioia Iezza, MD (Cytopathology) – MtZ
- Kuang-Yu Jen, MD, PhD (Renal) – ML
- Kirk D. Jones, MD (Pulmonary) – ML
- Elham Khanafshar, MD, MS (Cytopathology) – MtZ
- Grace E. Kim, MD (Liver, GI, Pediatric) – ML
- Zoltan Laszik, MD, PhD (Cytopathology and Renal) – ML
- Joseph Thomas Rabban III, MD, MPH (GYN and Breast) – ML
- Rageshree Ramachandran, MD, PhD (Liver and GI) – ML
- Jeffry P. Simko, PhD, MD (Prostate/Bladder) – MtZ
- Patrick Treseler, MD, PhD (Hematopathology, Endocrine) – ML
- Annemieke van Zante, MD, PhD (Cytopathology, Head and Neck) – MtZ
- Charles J. Zaloudek, MD (GYN) – ML
San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center Surgical Pathologists:
- Walter Finkbeiner, MD, PhD
- James P. Grenert, MD, PhD (GI)
- Douglas K. Hanks, MD
- Stephen Nishimura, MD (Pulmonary)
- Lamia Shagrun, MD
Veterans Administration Medical Center Surgical Pathologists:
In addition to providing diagnostic services for surgical specimens from patients at Moffitt-Long and Mt Zion hospitals, consultations services in a wide variety of specialty areas is available to non-UCSF pathologists, clinicians, and patients wishing a second opinion. We also provide confirmation of diagnoses for patients with pathology material from other hospitals who are coming to UCSF for further clinical evaluation.
Continuing Medical Education (CME) Courses
The division offers a number of CME courses available to pathologists and pathologists-in-training, and our faculty also participate in a variety of CME courses organized by other groups.
Current Issues in Surgical Pathology
This annual CME course is jointly hosted by faculty from UCSF and Stanford.
California Seminars in Pathology
This annual CME course is hosted by the California Society of Pathologists and incorporates UCSF pathologists within its program.
USCAP Short Courses
This annual CME course is hosted by the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathologists. In 2008 two Short Courses will be directed by UCSF faculty:
- Selected Topics in Uterine Pathology
Monthly SouthBay Pathology Society CME
This monthly case-based CME meeting is hosted by the SouthBay Pathology Society. Our faculty routinely present cases for education at this meeting.
ASCP Short Courses
This annual CME course is hosted by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. In 2008, one Short Course will be directed by UCSF faculty.
Several fellowships in diagnostic surgical pathology are offered within this division including:
- Fellowship in General Surgical Pathology
- Fellowship in Gastrointestinal Pathology
- Fellowship in Gynecologic Pathology
Additional fellowships are offered by other sub-specialty divisions within the Department of Pathology.
Anatomic Pathology residents rotate through the Surgical Pathology divisions at Moffitt-Long Hospital, Mt Zion Hospital, San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center, and Vetera ns Administration Medical Center.
Faculty from Surgical Pathology divisions at all 4 hospitals provide daily didactic teaching for AP residents.
Medical Student Training
A one month elective is offered by the Surgical Pathology division at Moffitt-Long Hospital for medical students wishing to gain exposure to this areas.
Many of our surgical pathologists conduct clinically-oriented research in the areas of their sub-specialties. Major groups are listed below. Details can be found on each faculty’s individual page.
Gastro-intestinal and Liver Pathology Research:
- Linda Ferrell, MD
- Yunn-Yi Chen, MD, PhD
- Ryan M. Gill, MD, PhD
- Kuang-Yu Jen, MD, PhD
- Sanjay Kakar, MD
- Grace E. Kim, MD
- James P. Grenert, MD, PhD
Gynecologic Pathology Research:
Breast Pathology Research:
Soft Tissue/Bone Pathology Research:
Prostate/Bladder Pathology Research:
Pulmonary Pathology Research:
Transplant Pathology Research:
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The Diagnostic Consultation service offers second opinions on surgical pathology diagnoses. Non-UCSF providers or patients may directly submit glass slides for a second opinion consultation by any of our diagnostic pathologists of their choosing. Our list of experts in each specialty can be found below. We also offer a variety of ancillary tests for prognostic and predictive purposes, including immunohistochemical staining (please call for details) and FISH for HER2/neu amplification. A formal UCSF pathology report is generated for each consultation. We aim for expert care and efficient turn-around time. In addition to a copy of the original pathology report and the glass slides, we recommend a cover letter that includes as much detail as possible on clinical history, prior surgical procedures, and gross specimen findings. For bone and soft tissue and pulmonary cases, we strongly advise submitting all relevant radiologic images, either digitized on a CD-ROM or the actual films. This will maximize our evaluation of the case materials. Direct conversation with our pathologists by telephone is also encouraged.
The Diagnostic Confirmation service offers a diagnostic review of glass slides from non-UCSF hospitals for patients who are or will be receiving care by a UCSF provider. Select this service if you are a UCSF provider wishing to confirm a non-UCSF diagnosis or wishing to present a non-UCSF case at one of the multi-disciplinary tumor boards. If you are request ancillary testing (such as immunohistochemistry or FISH), select this service.