Pathology

Faculty & Staff


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Kamani Lankachandra, M.D.
Professor, UMKC School of Medicine Truman Medical Center Hospital HillPathology
  • Department Chair
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Alexey Glazyrin, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, UMKC School of Medicine Truman Medical Center Hospital HillPathology
  • Program Director
  • Hematopathology Director
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Gail Murray, MBA
Truman Medical Center Hospital HillPathology Administration
  • Residency Program Coordinator
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Daniel Dim, M.D.
Associate Professor, UMKC School of Medicine Truman Medical Center Hospital HillPathology
  • Anatomic Pathology Director
Cynthia Essmyer, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, UMKC School of Medicine Saint Luke’s Hospital
  • Director, Microbiology Laboratory
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Hana Hamdan, M.D.
Assistant Professor, UMKC School of Medicine Truman Medical Center Hospital HillPathology
  • Director, Transfusion Services
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Soheila Hamidpour, M.D.
Assistant Professor, UMKC School of Medicine Truman Medical Center Hospital HillPathology
  • Director of Clinical Chemistry
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Michael Handler, M.D., MMM
Associate Clinical Professor, UMKC School of Medicine PathologyMedical Director for the Missouri Center for Patient Safety

Vice President Medical Affairs/Chief Medical Officer
SSM St. Joseph Hospital West

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Michael Handler, MD, MMM is the Medical Director for the Missouri Center for Patient Safety and the Vice President of Medical Affairs/Chief Medical Officer for SSM St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake Saint Louis, Missouri.

As VPMA/chief medical officer since 2007, Dr. Handler serves as liaison between the organized medical staff and administration, which advances the clinical practice of medicine for the campus.  Dr. Handler has been a physician in Missouri since 1985.  He operated a private Obstetrics and Gynecology practice in suburban St. Louis from 1989 through 2007 and has served as a house obstetric physician for SSM St. Joseph Hospital West from 2007 through present.  Dr. Handler has an avid passion for patient safety and quality and has implemented many successful quality improvement initiatives.  He serves as the network physician champion for TeamSTEPPS for the six hospitals in SSM St. Louis.

Dr. Handler earned his medical degree at University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine in 1984.  He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at St. Louis University Hospitals in 1989 and earned his Master of Medical Management from Tulane University in 2008.

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Carole McArthur, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Professor, UMKC School of Medicine Truman Medical Center Hospital HillPathology
  • Research Co-Director
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Agostino Molteni, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.C.B.
Director of Student Research UMKC School of Medicine
  • Professor of Pathology & Pharmacology – UMKC School of Medicine
  • Professor Emeritus of Pathology – Northwestern University
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Research Interests

Dr. Molteni’s main research interest is the study of development of interstitial pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) in several models of experimental lung injury: exposure to radiation and hypoxia, administration of bleomycin and fat embolism syndrome. Also studied is the role played by the renin angiotensin system in the development of fibrosis and the antifibrotic protection of angiotensin converting inhibitors or angiotensin II receptor blockers.

His projects are conducted in cooperation with Dr. Betty Herndon (UMKC SOM); Dr. T. McIff, Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery and Dr. A. Poisner, Dept. of Pharmacology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Dr. B. Uhal, Dept. of Physiology, Michigan State University, Dr. R. Baybutt, Dept. of Health Sciences, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL., Dr. G Van Den Heuvel, Dept. of Physiology, Eastern Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.

Research Career Development Award, National Institutes of Health, 1972
Albert E. Lasker Award, 1980, to NHLBI sharing as principal investigator, Central Laboratory Hypertension Detection and Follow-up Program
Meritorious Service Award, Chicago Heart Association,1982
Clinical Chemists Recognition Award, 1983

Recent research includes the evaluation of exenatide in a rodent model of non-alcoholic liver steatosis, and in particular, the drug’s effect on the pancreas and the thyroid of these animals. This study was performed in cooperation with Dr. Herndon, Dr. Laura Alba, and others of the Dept. of Medicine, in the UMKC SOM. An additional study is the evaluation of pulmonary and cardiac damage in a model of Cux-1 mice expressing the cyclin kinase inhibitors P21 and P27 (Drs Baybutt and Van Den Heuvel).

Selected Publications

Has published more than 200 articles and book chapters and more than 370 presentations at national and international scientific meetings.

Curcumin Effects on Hepatic Steatosis and Histopathology in an Obese Mouse Model. British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research: 5(8): 1017-1023, 2015. Article no BJMMP.2015.112

Fat Embolism sensitizes rats to a “second hit” with LPS: an animal model of Pulmonary Fibrosis: Journal of Trauma and Acute Surgical Care; 783:552-557, 2015

Fat Embolism Syndrome following caesarean section in an obese patient and it’s similarity to an animal model of the same syndrome: a case report. Case reports in Clinical Pathology: Published online 3-3-2015, D01110.5430/crcp.vnp

NF-KB controls Resistance of Human Salivary Gland (HSG) Cells to apoptosis in an in vitro model of Sjögren syndrome. Open Journal of Rheumatology and Auto immune Diseases (OJRA): Vol 4 #3; ID: 2040 128, 2014

Mitigating effect of Captopril and Losartan on Lung Histopathology in a rat model of Fat Embolism. The Journal of Trauma 70 (5):1186-1191; 2011

Biochemical and Histological Effects of Exendin 4 (exenatide) in the rat pancreas. Diabetologia53(1):153-159; 2010

“Persistent and progressive fibrotic changes in a model of fat embolism.” Journal of Trauma 72 (h) 992-998, 2012

“Dietary flaxseed oil protects against bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis in rats.” Pulmonary Medicine, published on line, June 2012 10457031 doi 0.1155/2012/457031

“Urease and Helicobacter spp. Antigens in Pulmonary Granuloma” Journal of Comparative Pathology(2012) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcpa.2012.06.011

“Effect of exendin (exenatide) on the thyroid and parathyroid gland in a rat model.” Eur. J., of Pharmacology 2012 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejphar.2012.07.024 

Cathi Murphey Half, Ph.D, HCLD/CC (ABB)
Midwest Transplant Network Director Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics LaboratoryPathology
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Evanthia Omoscharka, M.D.
Assistant Professor, UMKC School of Medicine Truman Medical Center Hospital HillPathology
  • Director, Point of Care
Fred Plapp, M.D., Ph.D.
Saint Luke’s Hospital
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Diane Peterson, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor, UMKC School of Medicine Jackson County Medical ExaminerPathology
  • Chief Medical Examiner – JCME