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Hopkins Cytopathology

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Syed Z. Ali, M.D., FRCPath, FIAC

Director, Division of Cytopathology;
Primary Appointment in Pathology;
Secondary Appointment in Radiology

Fine needle aspiration (FNA) has a widely recognized and established role as the initial diagnostic modality in most neoplastic and inflammatory disorders of the viscera and soft tissues. My major interest is focused on clinico-morphologic studies primarily based on FNA of thyroid and pancreas with integration of clinico-radiologic data and ancillary techniques such as immuno-cytochemistry and molecular studies. These latter techniques not only augment our morphologic diagnoses in difficult cases, but often also provide important prognostic information for better clinical management.

Digital photo imaging and telepathology is rapidly emerging as a major tool, not only in education and research, but also in diagnostic pathology. By utilizing state-of-the-art imaging equipment, I am involved in several on-going projects in this exciting new field ranging from web-based tutorials to sophisticated virtual photomicroscopy.


Collins J, Rossi ED, Chandra A, Ali SZ. Terminology and nomenclature schemes for reporting thyroid cytopathology: An overview. Semin Diagn Pathol. 2014 Dec 19. pii: S0740-2570(14)00114-2. doi: 10.1053/j.semdp.2014.12.007. [Epub ahead of print]

Toll AD, Rossi ED, Ali Z. Role of ancillary testing in thyroid fine needle aspiration: Review and update. Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology (JASC). 2014;3(4), 218-224.

Olson MT, Ali SZ. Cytotechnologist On-Site Evaluation of Pancreas Fine Needle Aspiration Adequacy: Comparison with Cytopathologists and Correlation with the Final Interpretation. Acta Cytol. 2012 Jul 25;56(4):340-346. [Epub ahead of print]

Cibas ES, Ali SZ; NCI Thyroid FNA State of the Science Conference. The Bethesda System For Reporting Thyroid Cytopathology. Am J Clin Pathol. 2009 Nov;132(5):658-65. Review. PubMed PMID: 19846805.

Holmes BJ, Hruban RH, Wolfgang CL, Ali SZ. Fine needle aspirate of autoimmune pancreatitis (lymphoplasmacytic sclerosing pancreatitis): cytomorphologic characteristics and clinical correlates. Acta Cytol. 2012;56(3):228-32. Epub 2012 Apr 26.


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