Head and Neck Pathology

The Head and Neck Pathology Laboratory at Hopkins is a leading center for the study of tumors of the head and neck, including tumors of the salivary glands, upper respiratory tract, and thyroid gland. We consult with other pathologists and physicians around the country seeking expert diagnosis and second opinions on these cancers. We also take part in several national clinical trials investigating the use of molecular screening to detect head and neck cancers.

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Lisa Rooper, M.D. The Head and Neck Pathology Laboratory was established in 1995 by Dr. William Westra. We provide expert consultation for neoplastic and non-neoplastic diseases of the oral cavity, oropharynx, larynx, nasal cavity, nasopharynx, salivary glands, thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, maxillofacial region, and other head and neck sites. Dr. Lisa Rooper is currently the laboratory's primary consultant. Dr. Rooper is a head and neck pathologist who completed her training at Johns Hopkins under Dr. Westra and Dr. Justin Bishop. She has published extensively in head and neck pathology and has received a number of awards for her work, including the Vincent Hyams Award and the Leon Barnes Award from the North American Society of Head and Neck Pathologists. Other members of the diagnostic team include specialists in oral pathology, bone pathology, and soft tissue pathology as well as otolaryngologist/head and neck surgeons, radiation and medical oncologists and molecular geneticists.

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To aid in the diagnosis and classification of head and neck tumors, we can perform an extensive panel of immunohistochemical stains, RNA in-situ hybridization for various Human Papillomavirus types and Epstein Barr Virus, and a wide range of fluorescence in-situ hybridization studies. Studies can be done on tissue or on blocks of slides prepared elsewhere.


We will fax a written report within three days after we receive your slides and surgical pathology report. Dr. Rooper is also available for phone consultations from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. E.S.T. at 410-955-3580.