Hospital Affiliates

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Truman Medical Centers is a not-for-profit two acute-care hospital health system.

TMC Hospital Hill is a busy, urban hospital with a Level I trauma center designation.

 

cmh08_200wChildren’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics is one of the country’s leading free-standing independent pediatric medical centers with 319 licensed beds, more than 40 pediatric subspecialty clinics, a Level IIIc intensive care nursery and the only Level I pediatric trauma center between St. Louis and Denver. The hospital’s faculty of more than 400 pediatric subspecialists is one of the largest in the country and is actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research, and educating the next generation of pediatric specialists.

 

Pathology

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Welcome to the Department of Pathology

Welcome to the Department of Pathology at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine. I invite you to explore these pages to learn more about our commitment to research, patient care, and training in pathology.

We are fortunate to have a closely-knit department with dedicated faculty members and support staff. The residents have a very well-rounded training with the right mix of daily workload and independent study. Residents are exposed to a diverse learning environment through rotations to different hospitals including Truman Medical Center-Hospital Hill, Truman Medical Center-Lakewood, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Saint Luke’s Hospital, Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office, Community Blood Center and Midwest Transplant Network. This constellation of facilities makes us one of the most unique for learning all aspects of pathology & for participating in cutting-edge research. The faculty members have placed special emphasis on thorough discussions during sign-out with enough time devoted to newest techniques in pathology. The residents are involved in research projects with faculties in anatomical pathology, clinical pathology and basis science. Our faculty enthusiastically embraces its responsibility to train the next generation of pathologists.

Kamani Lankachandra, M.D.
Chair and Program Director

About Us

Pathology Residents 2018

Mission:

The Department of Pathology thrives on daily patient care, training the pathologists of the future & teaching medical students the basic foundations of pathology.

Vision Statement:

The constant application of ever-new methods in pathology is a goal, along with providing resources that are both current & proven. Residents & students learn in an up-to-date environment that is also rich in history. Our vision in our complex & multiform setting is to serve all & to imbue that concept into our daily lessons.

Objectives:

(1) Patient care is always our first goal.
(2) The training of our residents & medical students is a priority.
(3) The integration of cutting-edge research in the academic lives of our attendings, residents & medical students is a must.

Upcoming Plans

• Evaluation of Pre-Natal Vitamin D Level Associated with Pregnancy Outcome
• Sickle Cell Research among African Americans in Kansas City
• High Incidents of Breast Cancer among Minority Populations of Kansas City

Brief History of Dept of Pathology

UMKC SOM Pathology Course Evolution:  Offered since 1971, initially as Laboratory Medicine/Clinical Pathology 4x per year for MS4 & MS5, then in 1989 Pathology Course was taught 2x per year (50 students each) for MS4. Today, we teach the course during the winter semester annually to MS3 (100 students).

  • UMKC SOM Monthly Elective in Pathology:  Offered since 1971
  • UMKC SOM Pathology Residency Program:  Offered since 1988
  • UMKC School of Dentistry Pathology Course:  2012-present
  • TMC Cytotechnology School:  1983 – 1998
  • TMC Histotechnology School:  1991 – 1996

TMC Medical Laboratory Technologist (MLT) Training Program for KU beginning in 2006, Barton County Community College beginning in 2007 & National American University beginning in fall 2013

Shawnee Mission High School Seniors’ Elective Program:  2000 – present

Research

The scholarly work of our pathology residents includes one month of a research rotation during which time they work with one of the MD/PhD research associates leading into a first-author national presentation or a publication. Both are ultimately required for graduation. First-author presentation offers a stipend to cover the travel & incidental expenses. Currently, all residents are involved in ongoing research with the Director of Research at UMKC SOM. Further, they periodically produce case reports & utilization reviews within the department as opportunities to create publications. The residents also collaborate with other departments in research.

Presentations:

(1) International = 2

  • European Congress of Pathologists in September, 2012 in Prague
  • Kamani Lankachandra, MD & Evanthia Omoscharka, MD
  • October, 2012 in Modena, Italy
  • Agostino Molteni, MD, PhD

(2) National = 12

  • Baltimore, MD in March, 2013
  • Hana Hamdan, MD
  • Washington, DC in April, 2013
  • Hamid Zia, MD
Publications:
  • Peer Reviewed Journal Articles (Published or In Press) = 6
  • Peer Reviewed Journal Articles (Submitted or In Preparation) = 3
  • Abstracts = 2
  • Grants = 6
  • Editorial Boards = 6
  • Book Chapters = 1

 listing of Presentations and Publications below

Collaborations:
  • KU Dept of Orthopaedics
  • UMKC SOM/TMC Dept of OB/GYN
  • UMKC SOM/TMC Dept of Medicine Endocrine & GI & Pulmonary
  • UMKC School of Dentistry
  • KCUMB
Clinical Service Work:
  • TMC-HH + TMC-LW: Number of FTEs = 96
  • Clinical Test Volume = 1.1 million
  • Anatomic Test Volume = 20,000
  • Autopsies = 34
  • POC (Point of Care):
  • Sites Involved = 12
  • Community Service:
  • K.C. Free Health Clinic
  • Good Samaritan House

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Additional Presentations & Publications

Haldiman L, Weimholt CR, Singh G. “Feasibility and Usefulness of Troponin I Testing.” J Insur Med, 2014;44:184-8.

Baidoo C, Babbra R, Pathan M, Quinn T, Herndon B, Molteni A. “Expression of B-cell Lymphoma Gene (bcl-6) and Cyclin D in Human Colon Adenocarcinoma.” Sara Morrison Grant Proposal, UMKC SOM. Presentation at the Experimental Biology Conference in Washington, D.C. in April 2011.

Chang Q, Rahme R, Aoun S, Batjer H, Bendok B. “Upregulated Expression of CXCR4 and Osteopontin Co-localized with Inflammatory Cells in Human Intracranial Aneurysms.” Submitted to Stroke, 2012.

DePond W, Kure K, Lankachandra K, Gidwani R, Nelson B, Zimmerman H, Talboy G, Miranda R. “Human papillomavirus-58 & -73-associated digital squamous cell carcinoma in a patient with aggressive digital papillary adenocarcinoma.” Am J Dermatopathology, 31(4):375-8, June 2009.

Dim D, Mansour A, Lankachandra K. “Fine needle aspiration biopsy of a palpable breast mass with a diagnosis of carcinoma correlates with invasive ductal carcinoma on needle core biopsy or excision specimen.” Abstract submitted for American Society of Cytopathology meeting, November 2012.

Hamdan H, Stanford J, Herndon B, Kunz K, Hufstedler J, Chou J, Dim D, Zia H, Mansour A, Lankachandra K, Baybutt R, Molteni A. “Restoration of bone marrow morphology by retinoic acid in a Vitamin A deficiency model in rats.” Presented at Experimental Biology in San Diego, California in April 2012.

Ouban A, Hamdan H, Hakam A, Ahmed A. “Claudin-1 expression In Squamous Cell Carcinomas of Different Organs. Comparative Study of Cancerous Tissues and Normal Controls,” Int J Surg Pathol. Oct 13, 2011.

D. Bulchandani, J. Nachnani, L. Alba, L. Graves, A. Molteni, M. Pathan, H.Hamdan and B. Herndon.

“Thyroid calcitonin and C-cell hyperplasia increase with exenatide use: a rat model.” Presented at Experimental Biology in Washington DC, April 2011.

Kure K, Lingamfelter D, Taboada E. “Large multifocal cardiac myxoma causing the sudden unexpected death of a 2 month-old infant—a rapidly growing, acquired lesion versus a congenital process? A case report.” Am J Forensic Medicine & Pathology, 32(2):166-8, June 2011.

Lale S, Ardinger H, Mardis N, Changho S, Lancaster T, Singh V. “Total absence of ribs in a newborn with cerebrocostomandibular syndrome.” Pediatric & Developmental Pathology, Vol 14, #2, pp.134-137, March 2011.

Lale S, Kure K, Lingamfelter D. “Challenges to diagnose metaplastic carcinoma of the breast through cytologic methods: an eight-case series.” Diagnostic Pathology, 6:7, January 18, 2011.

Lawrenz J, Baybutt R, Baidoo C, Dim D, Chang Q, Herndon B, Poisner A, Molteni A. “Mast cell role in pulmonary hypertension of a rat model.” Experimental Biology 2012, San Diego, CA, April 21 – 25, 2012

Lingamfelter D. “The Possible Role of a LAM Antigen ELISA Assay in the Diagnosis of Tuberculosis: a Pilot Study,” Kansas City Society of Pathology Monthly Meeting, June 6, 2007.

Lingamfelter D, Yan Y, Chen Y, Quinn T. “Expression of Haptoglobin in Acute Myeloid Leukemic Cells,” American Society of Hematology 49th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia, December 8-11, 2007.

Mansour A, Dim D, Lankachandra K. “Primary intraosseous microcystic meningioma, a case report.” Abstract accepted for poster presentation at the CAP (College of American Pathologists) meting, September 2012 in San Diego, CA. Also, this will be published in the Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, September 2012 issue.

Nzabi M, Singh V. “Eosinophils in Resected Colons of Hirschsprung Disease.” Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine 2008 Vol. 132, No. 9, pp.1454-1527; College of American Pathologists ’08 Annual Meeting; San Diego, California, September, 2008.

Flauta V, Kim P, Nzabi M, Quinn T, Lankachandra M, Lankachandra K. “Visualizing NF kappa B, IkB and TLR-8 activity from paraffin-embedded mouse *human neural tissue by immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence and confocal microscopy.” American Journal of Clinical Pathology 2007;128 pp.681-710; New Orleans, Louisiana, October, 2007.

McArthur C, Gidwani R, Flauta V, Nzabi M, Lingamfelter D, et al. “Detection of HIV/TB co-infection using a combined urine & salivary LAM-assay. Detection of HIV/TB co-infection using a combined urine & salivary LAM assay.” American Society for

Microbiology: Abstract No. 07-GM-A-4900-ASM, Toronto, Canada, May,2007.

Omoscharka E, Lankachandra K. “Orbital hemangiopericytoma: A case report.” 24th European Congress of Pathology, Prague, Czech Republic, September 11, 2012 poster presentation.

Gingival metastasis from prostatic adenocarcinoma: Report of a case and review of literature. Evanthia Omoscharka, Kamani Lankachandra.. 24th European Congress of Pathology, Prague, Czech Republic, September 10, 2012 poster presentation.

Lingamfelter D. “The Possible Role of a LAM Antigen ELISA Assay in the Diagnosis of Tuberculosis: a Pilot Study,” Kansas City Society of Pathology Monthly Meeting, June 6, 2007.

Lingamfelter D, Yan Y, Chen Y, Quinn T. “Expression of Haptoglobin in Acute Myeloid Leukemic Cells,” American Society of Hematology 49th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia, December 8-11, 2007.

Mansour A, Dim D, Lankachandra K. “Primary intraosseous microcystic meningioma, a case report.” Abstract accepted for poster presentation at the CAP (College of American Pathologists) meting, September 2012 in San Diego, CA. Also, this will be published in the Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, September 2012 issue.

Nzabi M, Singh V. “Eosinophils in Resected Colons of Hirschsprung Disease.” Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine 2008 Vol. 132, No. 9, pp.1454-1527; College of American Pathologists ’08 Annual Meeting; San Diego, California, September, 2008.

Flauta V, Kim P, Nzabi M, Quinn T, Lankachandra M, Lankachandra K. “Visualizing NF kappa B, IkB and TLR-8 activity from paraffin-embedded mouse *human neural tissue by immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence and confocal microscopy.” American Journal of Clinical Pathology 2007;128 pp.681-710; New Orleans, Louisiana, October, 2007.

McArthur C, Gidwani R, Flauta V, Nzabi M, Lingamfelter D, et al. “Detection of HIV/TB co-infection using a combined urine & salivary LAM-assay. Detection of HIV/TB co-infection using a combined urine & salivary LAM assay.” American Society for Microbiology: Abstract No. 07-GM-A-4900-ASM, Toronto, Canada, May,2007.

Omoscharka E, Lankachandra K. “Orbital hemangiopericytoma: A case report.” 24th European Congress of Pathology, Prague, Czech Republic, September 11, 2012 poster presentation.

Gingival metastasis from prostatic adenocarcinoma: Report of a case and review of literature. Evanthia Omoscharka, Kamani Lankachandra.. 24th European Congress of Pathology, Prague, Czech Republic, September 10, 2012 poster presentation.

Electives

Pathology Elective

Up to two UMKC SOM and/or KCUMB medical students rotate in the department per month.

Instructors: Anatomical and Clinical Pathology Staff

Location: Pathology Department, Truman Medical Center, 2nd Floor, 2301 Holmes Street, Kansas City Mo 64108

To apply:

Requests must be received at least 8 weeks prior to the start of the requested clerkship date.

Cancelation: ​
You must withdraw at least 4 weeks before your starting date.

Inquiries to:

Petra Bricker:  brickerp@umkc.edu
Telephone: (816) 235-1931
Maximum number of Students: Two
Period to be Offered: 4 weeks rotations

Description of Elective:

This four weeks long /5 credits elective will expose the 4th year UMKC medical student to the fields of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology including Surgical Pathology, Cytopathology, Hematopathology and Laboratory Medicine.

The Anatomic pathology rotation, with duration of 2 weeks:  Responsibilities include participation in gross prosections, frozen section evaluations, microscopic evaluation of surgical and cytopathology specimens and differential diagnostic considerations and possible performance of autopsies (based on availability). Students are supervised by pathology residents and faculty on service.

The Hematopathology rotation is of one week duration. During this rotation the student will develop the skills needed to interpret and formulate a differential diagnosis of the more commonly occurring disorders seen in peripheral blood and bone marrow. The student will review the slides with the resident rotating in the hematopathology service. During sign out with the attending faculty and resident, the student will have the opportunity to present their brief case histories, and summarize available laboratory data. Morphologic evaluation and case interpretation will take place during sign out.

The Laboratory Medicine rotation of one week duration: During this period the student will rotate through Hematology, Blood Bank, Clinical Chemistry and Microbiology services. Students are supervised daily by pathology residents and clinical faculty on service.

All scheduled morning conferences begin at 8:00 a.m; with the exception of CMH conferences which start at 9:00-9:30 AM.

All students are expected to make a presentation during the last week of rotation on a subject of their choice which is related to pathology (i.e. an interesting case or a pathology topic of interest to you). Clerkship director and resident staff are available for advice and assistance.

Faculty and Resident staff will evaluate students during their rotation based on attendance at sign-out, conferences, and final presentation. Students will be given an opportunity to evaluate their experience in pathology during their clerkship.

Please e-mail Petra Bricker at the above e-mail address one to two weeks prior to the start of the rotation to confirm that you are to report on the first day of the elective to the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

GOAL
The purpose of the Pathology elective is to provide an understanding of the role the anatomic and clinical pathologist plays in patient management.

OBJECTIVES

By the end of the Pathology Elective, the student will be able to:
– Formulate a differential diagnosis based on clinical history.
– Observe and describe gross findings in organs.
– Differentiate normal and abnormal gross findings.
– Correlate clinical manifestations of the patient with cytologic or histologic findings.
– Recognize the microscopic characteristics of common diseases.
– Describe the clinical and pathologic characteristics of common diseases.
– Formulate a final diagnosis based on clinical history, cytologic or histologic findings, ancillary studies and laboratory results.

FACULTY
Soheila Hamidpour, MD
E-mail address: soheila.hamidpour@tmcmed.org
Office phone number: (816)404-0600

CURRICULUM
The curriculum includes:

  • Daily lectures: Morning conferences at 8:00 a.m.
  • Please refer to resident schedule given by the Anatomic and Clinical pathology chief residents for respective Anatomic and Clinical pathology conferences, including tumor boards.

EVALUATION
Faculty and Resident staff will evaluate students during their rotation based on attendance at sign-out and lab, conferences, and final presentation. This information will provide the basis for filling out and submitting the standardized student evaluation (used for 4th year electives) to be completed by Dr. Hamidpour and forwarded to UMKCSOM.

Faculty & Staff

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Kamani M. Lankachandra, M.D.

Professor, Chair, Program Director
Department(s) of Pathology
Truman Medical Center - UMKC Health Sciences District
Lankachandra, Kamani M.
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Eric Ervin

Residency Program Coordinator
Pathology
Truman Medical Center - UMKC Health Sciences District
Ervin, Eric
Cynthia Essmyer, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Director - Microbiology Laboratory
Department(s) of Pathology
Saint Luke's Hospital
Essmyer, Cynthia
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Hana Hamdan, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Assistant Program Director, Director - Transfusion Services
Department(s) of Pathology
Truman Medical Center - UMKC Health Sciences District
Hamdan, Hana
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Soheila Hamidpour, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Chemistry
Department(s) of Pathology
Truman Medical Center - UMKC Health Sciences District
Hamidpour, Soheila
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Valerica Mateescu, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Director, Hematopathology
Department(s) of Pathology
Truman Medical Center - UMKC Health Sciences District
Mateescu, Valerica
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Gagan Mathur, M.D., M.B.A.

Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Pathology
Section: Transfusion Medicine
Saint Luke's Hospital
Mathur, Gagan
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Carole P. McArthur, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Research Co-Director
Department(s) of Pathology
Section: Dentistry
Truman Medical Center - UMKC Health Sciences District
McArthur, Carole P.
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Agostino Molteni, M.D., Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, Professor - Pathology and Pharmacology, Director of Student Research, Professor Emeritus - Northwestern University
Department(s) of Pathology
UMKC School of Medicine Molteni, Agostino

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Cell Biology, Emergency Medicine, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Pathology, Cardiology

Molteni, Agostino
235-5604
M3-C12
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Suparna Nanua, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Pathology
Section: Hematopahtology
Saint Luke's Hospital
Nanua, Suparna
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Evanthia Omoscharka, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Director - Point of Care
Department(s) of Pathology
Truman Medical Center - UMKC Health Sciences District
Omoscharka, Evanthia
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Diane Peterson, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Chief Medical Examiner
Department(s) of Pathology
Jackson County Medical Examiner
Peterson, Diane
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How to Apply


Completed ERAS applications are accepted between September 1 – October 31.
Interviews are held in November, after the selection committee has chosen a list of candidates to invite.

NRMP is strictly adhered to with no pre-MATCH appointments.  In the event that we do NOT match, we immediately go into SOAP, followed by Find-A-Resident if necessary.

The official policy of the UMKC SOM GME Office is that all residents will pass their USMLE Step 3 by the end of their PGY-2 residency in order to be promoted to PGY-3. However, the expectation in the Dept of Pathology is that all residents will pass their USMLE Step 3 by the end of their PGY-1 residency in order to be promoted to PGY-2. Our departmental policy will be implemented for all ERAS2012 applicants and the years thereafter.

Requirements

(1) Full-page personal statement as to why you want to enter the field of Pathology
(2) Three letters of recommendation from faculty members
(3 )USMLE scores with a minimum score of 190
(4) Graduation from an accredited medical college within the past five years preferred.
(5)Application only via ERAS + registration with NRMP for MATCH.

Salaries and Benefits

UMKC Residents and Fellows:  Salaries • Benefits • Contract
Children’s Mercy Hospital Residents and Fellows:  Salaries • Benefits • Sample Contract