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Faculty News

Read the latest updates from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine faculty.


Join us in thanking our department leaders for their service, especially those stepping into new roles this year.

Timothy Fields, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Vice Chair for Research and Faculty Development; Director, Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

Andy Goodwin, Ph.D.
Professor and Division Director,
Genomic Diagnostics*

Fred V. Plapp, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Executive Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs*, Medical Director, Clinical Laboratories

Soumen Paul, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Pathology Graduate Program; Director, Center for Organogenesis, Vascular and Perinatal Research, Institute*, Institute for Reproductive and Developmental Sciences

Janet Woodroof, M.D.
Clinical Professor and Division Director, Anatomic Pathology*; Director of Quality in Anatomic Pathology

Da Zhang, M.D., MSc
Professor and Director, Hematopathology Fellowship*

*denotes new role.


Please join us in congratulating the following faculty on their successful promotion, effective July 1, 2020. Thank you for your valuable contributions to the Department. Well done!

Garth Fraga, M.D.

Rashna Madan, MBBS

Janet Woodroof, M.D.
Clinical Professor

Elizabeth J. Friedman, M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor

Mohammad Rumi, MBBS, Ph.D.
Associate Professor with Tenure


Fang Fan, M.D., Ph.D.
M2 Mighty Punch

Elizabeth J. Friedman, M.D.
Best Faculty Teacher

Sharad C. Mathur, M.D.
Ruth Bohan Teaching Professorship Award Outstanding M2 Lecturer Award
M1 Most Inspiring Award

Andrew K. Godwin, M.D., Ph.D.
Higuchi Award and Dolph C. Simons, Sr. Award in the Biomedical Sciences


Fang Fan, M.D., Ph.D. Barbara F. Atkinson, M.D. Endowed Professor; Director, Cytopathology Fellowship
We are very appreciative of the outstanding leadership Dr. Fan provided as interim Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine from January 2017 to March 2020, as well as her continued dedication and commitment to excellence.

Mark T. Cunningham, M.D. Professor
Join us in thanking Dr. Cunningham for his outstanding leadership of the hematopathology fellowship program for the last 6 years and his continued commitment as a role model of professionalism, high quality patient care, and educational excellence.

Maura F. O’Neil, M.D. Associate Professor
We appreciate Dr. O’Neil’s service as division director of anatomic pathology for the past three years. Her dedication and outstanding contributions to the department are very much appreciated.

Lowell L. Tilzer, M.D., Ph.D. Emeritus Professor
After 30 years of dedicated service to the department, Dr. Tilzer has transitioned to Emeritus Professor status, effective 7/1/20. We especially appreciate his past service as department chair from 2009-2014. Best wishes, Dr. Tilzer!


Wenjing (Wendy) Cao, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Division
of Cancer & Developmental Biology-July 2020
She focuses on hemostasis and thrombosis, especially the biology of von Willebrand factor, coagulation factor VIII and ADAMTS

Ameer Hamza, M.D. Assistant Professor, Division of Anatomic Pathology–July 2020
His clinical and research focus is on genitourinary pathology.

Mohammad Haeri, M.D., Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Division of Anatomic Pathology–August 2020
His clinical interest is in neuropathology and ocular pathology, and he also directs the Neuropathology Core at the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center. His research focuses on exploring pathological events leading to neuronal degeneration in the brain and finding early molecular events leading to loss of neurons. 

Stephen Hyter, Ph.D. Assistant Professor and Interim Assistant Director, Division of Genomic Diagnostics Clinical Molecular Oncology Laboratory (CMOL)–July 2020
His primary clinical responsibilities are to support the Director of the CMOL. He will also support the day-to-day operations of the CMOL and its staff and perform various clinical activities. He was promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor prior to being named Interim Director. 

Liang Zheng, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Division of Cancer & Developmental Biology–July 2020
His research primarily focuses on hemostasis and thrombosis, in particular, the murine and zebrafish models of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). He is the expert in CRISPR technology and zebrafish models of diseases.

KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Mail Stop 3045
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-7070
Fax: 913-588-7073