Surgical Pathology Service
Director of Surgical Pathology and Vice Chair
Co-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)
- Yunn-Yi Chen, MD, PhD (Breast)
- Soo-Jin Cho, MD, PhD (Pediatrics)
- Linda Ferrell, MD (Liver and GI)
- Jessica Finn, MD (Lab Management)
- Karuna Garg, MD (GYN)
- Ryan M. Gill, MD, PhD (Liver, GI, Hematopathology)
- Kuang-Yu Jen, MD, PhD (Renal and Transplants)
- Kirk D. Jones, MD (Pulmonary)
- Grace E. Kim, MD (Liver, GI, Pediatric)
- Gregor Krings, MD, PhD (Breast)
- Zoltan Laszik, MD, PhD (Renal and Transplants)
- Joseph T. Rabban III, MD, MPH (GYN)
- Rageshree Ramachandran, MD, PhD (Liver and GI)
- Patrick A. Treseler, MD, PhD (Hematopathology)
- Anatoly Urisman, MD, PhD (Pulmonary)
- Charles J. Zaloudek, MD (GYN)
Mt. Zion Hospital (MZ)
- Ronald Balassanian, MD
- Andrew Horvai, MD, PhD (Bone and Soft Tissue)
- Gioia Iezza, MD
- Elham Khanafshar, MD, MS
- Jeffry P. Simko, PhD, MD (GU)
- Annemieke van Zante, MD, PhD
- Poonam Vohra, MD
San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center (SFGH)
- Walter Finkbeiner, MD, PhD (Fetal)
- James P. Grenert, MD, PhD (GI and Liver)
- Douglas K. Hanks, MD
- Stephen Nishimura, MD (Pulmonary)
- Poonam Vohra, MD (Breast)
Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC)
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.
Numerous faculty and Residents present posters and powerpoint presentations on their current research. Faculty also teach short courses and give lectures at specialty conferences during this week long event.
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 & Hepatobiliary
- 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 Veterans 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. Click here for more information.
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.
Breast Pathology Research:
Fetal Pathology Research:
Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Research:
- Yunn-Yi Chen, MD, PhD
- Linda Ferrell, MD
- Ryan M. Gill, MD, PhD
- James P. Grenert, MD, PhD
- Kuang-Yu Jen, MD, PhD
- Sanjay Kakar, MD
- Grace E. Kim, MD
Gynecologic Pathology Research:
Placenta Pathology Research:
Prostate/Bladder Pathology Research:
Pulmonary Pathology Research:
Renal Pathology Research:
Soft Tissue/Bone 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.