Hematopathology Services

With over 11 board-certified hematopathologists, the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco offers second opinion and expert consultation services for adult and pediatric patients with benign and malignant hematologic disorders.  Specimens that may be submitted for evaluation include peripheral blood, bone marrow, lymph nodes, spleen and other tissue.  In addition to morphologic evaluation, we offer comprehensive ancillary testing as required.

When submitting material for evaluation, please:

  • Specify if you would like a specific hematopathologist to review your case, otherwise the case will be assigned to the pathologist on the consultation service.
  • Include a cover letter with patient's name, age, gender, brief clinical history, specimen type and your case number.
  • Provide a copy of the patient's preliminary or final pathology report.
  • Include all stained slides, including immunostains, and a representative formalin-fixed paraffin block or 15 unstained slides, along with a copy of all pathology reports and other pertinent reports (flow cytometry, cytogenetics, etc.)
  • Send all material to:

UCSF Laboratory Medicine - Hematopathology

Attn: Iryna Yarova

University of California, San Francisco

505 Parnassus Ave., M569

San Francisco, CA 94143-0451

Phone: (415) 353-1672

Fax: (415) 353-1106

 

Core Faculty for Consultative Services:

Sonam Prakash, MD

Dr. Prakash is a clinical professor of Pathology in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at UCSF. She is board certified in hematopathology, anatomic pathology and clinical pathology. 

Dr. Prakash completed medical school at Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India and residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles. She then completed a fellowship in oncologic pathology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, followed by a hematopathology fellowship at the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute, under the supervision of Elaine Jaffe, MD.

Before joining UCSF, Dr. Prakash was a hematopathologist at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center with Steven Swerdlow, MD, furthering her expertise in lymph node pathology. She then worked at Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York with Attilio Oraziz, MD, an expert in myeloproliferative neoplasms, and myelodysplastic syndromes/myeloproliferative neoplasms. Dr. Prakash specializes in the diagnosis of myeloid and lymphoid neoplasms. Her research interests include myeloproliferative neoplasms and myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative neoplasms. In addition to her clinical and research interests, Dr. Prakash is the director of the UCSF Hematopathology Fellowship program.

Karthik Ganapathi, MD, PhD

Dr. Ganapathi is a clinical assistant professor of Pathology in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at UCSF. He is board -certified in hematopathology, anatomic pathology and clinical pathology.

Dr. Ganapathi earned his medical degree at Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai, India and his doctorate from Boston University School of Medicine. He then completed his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology from the University of Buffalo followed by a hematopathology fellowship at the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute, under the supervision of Elaine Jaffe, MD.

Before joining UCSF, Dr. Ganapathi was a hematopathologist at Columbia University Medical Center, New York. Dr. Ganapathi specializes in the diagnosis of lymphoid and myeloid neoplasms and his clinical and research interests include morphologic and immunophenotypic characterization of myeloid neoplasms, lymphoproliferative disorders and pediatric hematopathology.

Yi Xie, MD, PhD

Dr. Xie is a clinical assistant professor of Pathology in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at UCSF. She is board certified in hematopathology, anatomic pathology and clinical pathology.

Dr. Xie received her medical degree from Peking University Health Science Center in Beijing, China, and her doctorate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed her residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Souther California followed by a hematopathology fellowship at the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute, under the supervision of Elaine Jaffe, MD.

Before joining UCSF, Dr. Xie was a hematopathologist at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC. Yi specializes in the diagnosis of hematologic neoplasms including leukemias, lymphomas, myelomas, myelodysplastic syndroms and myeloproliferative neoplasms. Her research interests include immunophenotypic and molecular characterization of myeloid and lymphoid neoplasms, as well as their reactive mimics.