University of Damascus, Syria (MD), University of Pittsburgh, PA (Residency in Anatomic & Clinical Pathology; Fellowship in Transplant Pathology), Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, MA (Fellowship in Renal Pathology; Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Transplant Immunology)
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, Columbia University Medical Center, NY
Using immunohistochemistry and in vitro approaches, my research focuses on the role of dendritic cells in shaping early and late kidney allograft inflammation, including their association with distinct morphologic patterns of allograft injury. I am also interested in investigating the pathophysiology and the clinical impact of transplant glomerulitis on long term allograft function.
What made you decide to work in transplantation?:
I always have been fascinated by the biology of the renal allograft. The ability to combine immunology concepts with morphologic observations to facilitate patient care made the field of renal transplant pathology attractive to me. During my residency and post-doctoral training, I have had the good fortune to work with Drs. Parmjeet Randhawa, Anthony Demetris, Adriana Zeevi, Helmut Rennke, and Anil Chandraker, who are charismatic leaders in the fields of transplantation, immunology, and renal pathology.
What do you find to be the most valuable aspect of your work?:
I love the fact that my clinical duties and pathology-oriented research are so closely integrated. Each day is an inspiration, which comes with its own challenges.