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Assistant Professor

Bruce Parks, M.D.

First Name: 
Bruce
Last Name: 
Parks

Assistant Professor of Pathology
Forensics

Office Address: 

1501 N. Campbell Avenue
PO Box 245043
Tucson, AZ  85724-5043

Office Phone Number: 
(520) 626-1703

Fatima Zahra Aly, M.D., Ph.D.

First Name: 
Fatima Zahra
Last Name: 
Aly

Assistant Professor of Pathology
Adjunct Assistant Professor in Otolaryngology
Director of Cytopathology

Office Address: 
PO Box 245043
Comstock House, Room 205
Office Phone Number: 
(520) 626-6830
Fax: 
(520) 626-2521
Training: 

MBChB in 1997 (University of Leicester, United Kingdom)
PhD Microbiology and Immunology (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of UK (2005)
National Cancer Institute Staff Fellow in Anatomic Pathology (2007-2011)
Cytopathology Fellowship (2012)

Expertise: 

Head and Neck Pathology
Oral Pathology
Salivary Gland pathology
Thyroid Cytopathology
Cytopathology

Research Interests: 

Translation of diagnostic and prognostic bench markers into clinical practice
Variation of HPV types in Native Americans

Professional Service: 

Dr Aly practices as a general surgical pathologist with an active head and neck service.  As Director of Cytopathology, she is responsible for the laboratory CAP/CLIA compliance, quality assurance and resident’s cytopathology curriculum.

Brandon T. Larsen, M.D., Ph.D.

First Name: 
Brandon T.
Last Name: 
Larsen

Assistant Professor of Pathology

Office Address: 

1501 N Campbell Ave
LSN 544
PO Box 245043
Tucson, AZ 85724

Office Phone Number: 
(520) 626-8245
Fax: 
(520) 626-2521
Training: 

2002 – 2007    Ph.D., Cardiovascular Pharmacology, Medical Scientist Training Program, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
2002 – 2009    M.D., Medical Scientist Training Program, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
2009 – 2012    Residency, Anatomic Pathology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2012 – 2013    Fellowship, Cardiovascular Pathology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
2013 – 2014    Fellowship, Pulmonary Pathology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Expertise: 

    Dr. Larsen is board certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology.  He has completed advanced subspecialty training in both cardiovascular pathology and pulmonary pathology, through separate ACGME-accredited fellowship programs at Mayo Clinic, with additional training emphasis in bone and soft tissue pathology.  While at Mayo Clinic, he also served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology.

    Dr. Larsen recently joined the faculty in the Department of Pathology at the University of Arizona in 2014, where he is currently an Assistant Professor of Pathology.  His clinical practice interests include cardiovascular, pulmonary, transplantation, and bone and soft tissue pathology, as well as general surgical and autopsy pathology.  Dr. Larsen has lectured nationally and internationally on a broad range of clinical and basic research topics in both cardiovascular and pulmonary pathology, including surgical pathology of cardiovascular and pulmonary medical diseases, cardiac and pulmonary neoplasia, cardiovascular physiology, and endothelial biology.   He has authored several dozen peer-reviewed publications and numerous book chapters in these areas.

Research Interests: 

Surgical pathology of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
Cardiac, pulmonary, and vascular neoplasia
Vascular biology
Interstitial lung disease
Pulmonary infections
Bone and soft tissue pathology

Professional Service: 

    Dr. Larsen is an active member of the United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology, College of American Pathologists, Society for Cardiovascular Pathology, Pulmonary Pathology Society, and International Society of Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology.  He also serves on the Pathology Council of the International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation and has served on the Executive Council of the Arizona Society of Pathologists.

Charmi Patel, M.D.

First Name: 
Charmi
Last Name: 
Patel

Assistant Professor of Pathology
Director of Immunohistochemistry Division
Co-director of Tissue Acquisition and Cellular/Molecular Analysis Shared Service (TACMASS)

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 College 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, Ph.D.

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

Monika Schmelz, Ph.D.

First Name: 
Monika
Last Name: 
Schmelz

Assistant Professor of Pathology

Office Address: 

1501 N. Campbell Ave, Room 5235
PO Box 245043
Tucson, Arizona 85724-5043
 

Office Phone Number: 
(520) 626-8864
Lab Phone Number: 
(520) 626-4210
Fax: 
(520) 626-6081
Lab Affiliation: 
Schmelz 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
1991-93:  Post-doctoral training, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, Germany

Expertise: 

Cell/Molecular Biology
Confocal Microscopy
Immunohistochemistry
Tissue Banking

Research Interests: 

Mechanism of Lymphoma