Assistant Professor

Charmi Patel, M.D.

First Name: 
Charmi
Last Name: 
Patel

Assistant Professor of Pathology
Director of Immunohistochemistry Division

Office Address: 

University of Arizona
Comstock Bldg.
PO Box 250108
Tucson, AZ  85724-5108

Office Phone Number: 
(520) 626-6830
Fax: 
(520) 626-2521
Training: 

Fellowship in GI/Liver/Pancreatobiliary Pathology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Residency in Pathology (AP/CP), University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC), MO
Chief Resident, University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC), MO
Residency in Medical Microbiology, B.J. Medical College, Gujarat University, India
MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery), B.J. Medical College, Gujarat University, India

Expertise: 

Pancreatobiliary Pathology
Gastrointestinal luminal and liver pathology
Immunohistochemistry

Research Interests: 

Gastrointestinal cancers

Professional Service: 

-   Interpretation and diagnosis of gastrointestinal luminal, hepatic and pancreatobiliary biopsies and resection (medical, oncologic and transplant) specimens, University of Arizona Medical Center, Main and South Campus

-   Oversee immunohistochemistry section, University of Arizona Medical Center, Main Campus

-   Teaching of medical students, pathology residents and GI pathology fellows, University of Arizona, School of Medicine

-   Supporting Tissue Acquisition and Cellular/Molecular Analysis Shared Service (TACMASS), University of Arizona Cancer Center

-   Participant of GI SPORE research team, University of Arizona Cancer Center

Natalie N. Whitfield, PhD.

First Name: 
Natalie N.
Last Name: 
Whitfield, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pathology
Division Chief of Clinical and Molecular Microbiology
Director of the Infectious Disease Research Core (IDRC)

Office Address: 

1501 N. Campbell Avenue, #1041B
PO Box 245059
Tucson, AZ  85724-5059

Office Phone Number: 
(520) 694-6008
Fax: 
(520) 694-7329
Training: 

PhD -   University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI; Cellular and Molecular Biology Training Program, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
BS -   University of Texas at El Paso, TX, Department of Biological Sciences, Biomedical Track with a minor in Chemistry

Expertise: 

Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Diagnostics
Molecular Test Methods and Test Development

Research Interests: 

Dr. Whitfield's research focus is framed around her position as Director of the Infectious Disease Research Core (IDRC), which designs, develops, validates, implements, and performs evidence-based assessments of new laboratory methods with the goal of diagnosing, treating and preventing infectious diseases and public health threats. Nationally recognized Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) are utilized for all aspects of IDRC research and technology development because IDRC research focuses on FDA application processes and implementation in clinical laboratories across the globe. Specific emphasis is placed on the pathogenesis and detection of hospital acquired infections, bacteremia, and sepsis, as well host-pathogen interactions for these infections.

Professional Service: 

Director of the Infectious Disease Research Core (IDRC)
Executive Committee Member, Applied Biosciences Graduate Interdisciplinary Program
Faculty Member, Applied Biosciences Graduate Interdisciplinary Program

Robert Klein, M.D.

First Name: 
Robert
Last Name: 
Klein

Assistant Professor of Pathology
Director of Informatics
Medical Director UAHN South Campus

Office Address: 

University of Arizona Health Sciences Center
Comstock Bldg.  Rm 212
PO Box 245108
Tucson AZ  85724-5108

Office Phone Number: 
(520) 626-6960
Fax: 
(520) 626-2521
Training: 

1997:  MD, University of Utah

1997-2002:  Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency, University of Arizona

2002-2005:  Cancer Research and Bioinformatics Fellowship, Arizona Cancer Center

Expertise: 

Surgical Pathology
Clinical Pathology
Informatics
Statistics

Research Interests: 

Informatics
Cancer Biology
Data Analysis

Professional Service: 

Endocrine and general surgical pathology at University of Arizona Health Network, University Campus
General surgical and clinical pathology at University of Arizona Health Network, South Campus

Lauren LeBeau, M.D.

First Name: 
Lauren
Last Name: 
LeBeau

Assistant Professor of Pathology

Office Phone Number: 
(520) 626-6687

Jennifer Thorn, M.D.

First Name: 
Jennifer
Last Name: 
Thorn

Assistant Professor of Pathology

Office Address: 

1501 N. Campbell Avenue
Comstock Building  #220
Tucson, AZ 85724

Office Phone Number: 
(520) 626-6869
Fax: 
520) 626-2521
Training: 

2004, MD, Loma Linda University School of Medicine; Loma Linda, CA
2004 – 2005, Resident in Pediatrics, Loma Linda University; Loma Linda, CA
2006 – 2009, Resident in Anatomic & Clinical Pathology, University of Arizona
2009 – 2010, Chief Resident in Anatomic & Clinical Pathology, University of Arizona
2010 – 2011, Fellow in Molecular Genetic Pathology, University of Arizona

Expertise: 

Molecular Genetic Pathology
Surgical Pathology

Professional Service: 

Molecular Pathologist at University of Arizona Medical Center, University Campus Surgical Pathologist at University of Arizona Medical Center, University Campus and South Campus

Fangru Lian, M.D.

First Name: 
Fangru
Last Name: 
Lian

Assistant Professor of Pathology
Director of Dermatopathology

Office Address: 

1501 N. Campbell Ave, LSN 551
PO Box 245043
Tucson, Arizona 85724-5029
 

Office Phone Number: 
520-626-6241
Fax: 
520-626-8410
Training: 

2005: Dermatopathology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas,Texas.
2004: Pathology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas.
2002: Pathology, Washington University, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri.
2001: Pathology, University of Arkansas Medical Science (UAMS), Little Rock, Arkansas.
2000: Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.
1998: Masters of Science in Pathology, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan,
1996: Radiation Oncology Residency, Shanghai Medical University, Shanghai.
1991: MD. Shanghai Medical University, Shanghai, China. 

Expertise: 

Dermatopathology, skin cancer and melanoma, dermatitis
Anatomic pathology

Research Interests: 

Dr. Lian’s research interests focus on Dermato-Oncology, including but not limited to Melanoma, Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and Pre-Malignant Pathological Processes in skin. She is also the expert frequently consulted for other cancer processes such as Lymphoma, metastatic malignancy of skin.

Dr. Lian’s another major research focus is in Tele-Pathology. She is the active member of The University of Arizona Tele-Medicine program, the nation’s founding Tele-Medicine program.

Professional Service: 

Dr. Lian’s Dermatopathology service located primarily at The University of Arizona University Medical Center. She also provides General Pathology Consultation Service at the University Hospital-Kino Campus and expert Dermatopathology Consultation Service at the SAVAMC (Southern Arizona VA Medical Center).

Monika Schmelz, Ph.D.

First Name: 
Monika
Last Name: 
Schmelz

Assistant Professor of Pathology

Office Address: 

1501 N. Campbell Ave, Room 5103
PO Box 245029
Tucson, Arizona 85724-5029
 

Office Phone Number: 
(520) 626-9884
Lab Phone Number: 
(520) 626-7894
Fax: 
(520) 626-6081
Lab Affiliation: 
Rimsza Lab
Training: 

1982:             M.S., Biology Karl Ruprecht University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
1989:             Ph.D., Cell & Tumor Biology, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany
1991-1993:  Post-doctoral training, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL),
                       Heidelberg, Germany

Expertise: 

Cell/Molecular Biology
Confocal Microscopy
Immunohistochemistry
Tissue Banking

Research Interests: 

Mechanism of Lymphoma

Deborah J. Novak, M.D.

First Name: 
Deborah J.
Last Name: 
Novak

Assistant  Professor of Pathology
Director of Transfusion Medicine

Office Address: 

1501 N. Campbell Avenue
PO Box 245059
Tucson, AZ 85724

 

Office Phone Number: 
(520) 626-3820
Fax: 
(520) 626-7329
Training: 

Transfusion Medicine/Blood Bank fellowship, University of New Mexico
Pathology residency, Creighton University, Omaha, NE
Family Practice residency, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
Medical school: University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE

Expertise: 

Transfusion Medicine/Blood Bank

Professional Service: 

Transfusion Medicine/Blood Bank

Judith L. Pugh, M.D.

First Name: 
Judith L.
Last Name: 
Pugh

Assistant Professor of Pathology
Director, Gastrointestinal Pathology Fellowship Program

Office Address: 

1501 N. Campbell Avenue
PO Box 245108
Tucson, Arizona 85724-5108

Office Phone Number: 
(520) 626-6830
Fax: 
(520) 626-2521
Training: 

1988:  MD, Texas Tech University School of Medicine, Lubbock, TX
2000-2002:  Clinical and Anatomic Pathology, Baptist Healthcare System, Birmingham, AL
2002-2004:  Clinical and Anatomic Pathology, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
2004-2005: Gastrointestinal Pathology Fellowship, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL

Expertise: 

Gastrointestinal pathology (lumenal, hepatic and pancreatobiliary) in pediatric and adult patients
Pediatric solid tumor pathology

Research Interests: 

Mucosal eosinophilia

Professional Service: 

Interpretation and diagnosis of lumenal, hepatic and pancreatobiliary biopsies and resection specimens in pediatric and adult patients, University Medical Center
Teaching of medical students, residents and fellows, U of A
Institutional pathologist for the Children’s Oncology Group, U of A
Review of intradepartmental applications to the U of A Institutional Review Board
Member, Graduate Medical Education Committee