Department of Pathology

The Department of Pathology provides specialized anatomic tissue diagnosis and advanced laboratory medicine within the context of multiple laboratory facilities accredited by
the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and CLIA/CMS.

Subspecialty pathologic expertise is available in multiple fields within anatomic pathology, with American Board of Pathology certified specialists in Dermatopathology,
Hematopathology, and Cytopathology. Fellowship-trained specialists in Gastrointestinal Pathology and Genitourinary Pathology provide leadership in these areas, and
subspecialty working groups within Surgical Pathology provide focused management of Breast, Gynecologic, Endocrine, Musculoskeletal, and Renal Pathology.

Department Chair: Julie Steele, MD

Department Vice Chair, Finance: Kik Thorson, MD

Department Vice Chair, Personnel: Mariah Baughn, MD

Department Advanced Practice Clinician Lead: Karen Ron, PA

Clinical Vice President, Diagnostic Services: Nik Patel, MD

Division Division Head
Seong Ra, MD Anatomic Pathology
Amanda Haynes, DO Clinical Pathology
          C.L.I.A. Lab Directors C.L.I.A. Laboratories
           Emma Du, MD Scripps Green Hospital
           Edward Kane, MD Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla
           Paul Gibbs, MD Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas
          Seong Ra, MD Scripps Anatomic Pathology Lab
          Amanda Haynes, DO Scripps Medical Laboratory, Sorrento Mesa

Fei Bao, MD

  • Gastrointestinal Pathology

Kelly Bethel, MD

  • Hematopathology

Pamela Boswell, DO

  • Breast and Lung Pathology

Bernard Chang, MD

  • Cytopathology and Surgical Pathology

Emma Du, MD

  • Transplant Hepatopathology and Hematopathology

Damian DeRienzo, MD

  • Dermatopathology and Surgical Pathology

Liying Fu, MD

  • Genitourinary and Renal Pathology

Pranav Gandhi, MD

  • Hematopathology

Paul Gibbs, MD

  • Surgical Pathology

Cora Humberson, MD

  • Dermatopathology

Edward Kane, MD

  • Cytopathology and Surgical Pathology

Catherine Nguyen, MD

Beth Palla, MD

  • Dermatopathology and Breast Pathology

Seong Ra, MD

  • Dermatopathology and Gastrointestinal Pathology

Brit Shackley, MD

  • Hematopathology and Surgical Pathology

Elina Shustef, DO

  • Dermatopathology

Julie Steele, MD

  • Breast Pathology and Surgical Pathology

Eric Swanson, MD

  • Gastrointestinal Pathology

Albert Su, MD

  • Dermatopathology and Surgical Pathology

Keith Thompson, MD

  • Surgical Pathology and  Renal Pathology

Kik Thorson, MD

  • Cytopathology and Genitourinary Pathology

Dakota Bevans, Pathologist Assistant

Karen Ron, Pathologist Assistant

Dino DelMar, Pathologist Assistant

Carla Munoz-Alba, Pathologist Assistant

Chris Rufo, Pathologist Assistant

Katharine Lynch, Pathologist Assistant

Tawnya Harvey, Pathologist Assistant


Scripps Green Hospital
Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla
Scripps Memorial Encinitas
Scripps Medical Laboratory Sorrento Mesa

Department members provide regular teaching conferences in Hematopathology, Dermatopathology, Gastrointestinal Pathology, and Surgical Pathology for Fellows and for Podiatry Residents.

Recent areas of research interest for department members have included: breast cancer staging methods, circulating tumor cell biology, lymphomagenesis, the diagnosis and treatment of hairy cell leukemia, metabolic pathways of prostate carcinogenesis, malignancies of lung, liver, and pancreas, soft tissue and joint pathology, vasculitides, and clinical applications of digital pathology for primary diagnosis.