Department of Pathology

GI Liver Research Program

General Description

The newly formed Gastrointestinal/Liver Pathology Service within the section of Surgical Pathology is dedicated to providing cutting edge diagnosis, educating and training residents and fellows, and performing translational and basic research. The GI/liver pathology service works closely with clinicians and researchers in the Montefiore Pediatric and Adult Gastroenterology and Hepatology divisions, the Liver Transplantation Service, and the Marion Bessin Liver Research Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Because of the strong commitment by Montefiore and Einstein to excellence in GI/liver patient care and research, there are ample clinical specimens (approximately 25,000 GI/liver biopsy cases and resections per year) to support these efforts, as well as ample opportunities for collaboration with world-class researchers.


The GI/liver pathology service includes 5 pathologists (Michelle Ewart, MD, pediatric pathologist,, Qiang Liu, MD, Emily Loyd, MD, Katherine Sun, MD, PhD, and Katie Tanaka, MD) with subspecialty training in pediatric and adult neoplastic and inflammatory GI and liver pathology, including liver transplant. In addition to case sign out and consultation, the service provides teaching conferences to pathology residents and presents at interdepartmental conferences, including adult GI pathology (once a month at Moses and Weiler), pediatric GI/Liver pathology (twice a month), adult liver pathology (twice a month), GI/Liver tumor board (once a week), GI oncology teaching conference (once a month at Weiler) and cross campus liver clinical/research (3 times a year).

An ACGME fellowship program was also started as of 2011.

Research Opportunities

Outside of the Pathology Department, Drs. Alan Wolkoff and Paul Gaglio (liver), Len Augenlicht (colon cancer), Larry Brandt (clinical GI) and others offer a wide range of opportunities for collaboration in basic science, translational and clinical research projects. Current joint projects include investigation of inflammatory markers and carcinogenesis in inflammatory bowel disease (human and mouse model) with Dr. E. Lin, the evaluation of the transition zone in Hirschsprung's Disease with Dr. S. Borenstein, effects of autophagy in an animal model of lipid accumulation in the liver with Dr. M. Czaja and evaluation of PTEN immunohistochemistry in colorectal carcinoma.


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