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Cindy M. McGrath, MD

Professor of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Director of Cytopathology
Director, Student Fellowship in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Contact InformationHospital of the University of Pennsylvania
6 Founders Pavilion
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283
Office: 215-662-3209

Email: cindy.mcgrath@uphs.upenn.edu

Specialty Division

Anatomic Pathology

Research Expertise

Gynecologic Cytopathology
Liquid Based Gynecologic Cytopathology
Molecular Techniques in Cytopathology
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
HPV DNA Testing
Molecular Techniques in Cervical Cancer Screening
Molecular Pathology and Cytopathology
Personalized Diagnostics in Cytopathology / Precision Medicine
Process Improvement

Clinical Expertise

Cytopathology
Gynecologic Cytopathology and Pathology
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Testing
Fine Needle Aspiration, Performance and Interpretation
Cytopathology Quality Assurance and Improvement
Cytopathology in Personalized Diagnostics / Precision Medicine
Molecular Testing and Cytopathology
Lung Cancer Program
Personalized Diagnostics
Personalized Medicine and Cytopathology Specimen Utility

Other Expertise

FNA Cytopathology
Quality Assurance in Cytopathology
Education
System Integration
Process Improvement

Education

B.A. (Biology), LaSalle University, 1989
M.D. (Medicine), University of Pennsylvania, 1994

Specialty Certification

American Board of Pathology, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, 1998
American Board of Pathology, Cytopathology, 1999
American Board of Pathology, Cytopathology, Voluntary Recertification (valid thru 2024), 2014
American Board of Pathology, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Voluntary Recertification (valid thru 2024), 2014

Postgraduate Training

Resident in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, 1994-1998
Chief Resident in Anatomic Pathology

, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, 1997-1998
Fellowship, Cytopathology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, 1998-1999

Awards and Honors

Academic Scholarship, La Salle University, 1985
Maxima cum laude, University Honors in Biology, La Salle University, 1989
Department of Biology Award, La Salle University, 1989
Alpha Omega Alpha
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Junior AOA
Philadelphia, PA, 1992
American Society of Investigational Pathologists Scholarship Concepts in Molecular Biology Course, 1995
President Presenter’s Award, Society for Gynecologic Investigation 49th Annual Meeting, 2002
The Kevin E. Salhany Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, 2003
The Resident Award for Excellence in Research, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, 2004
UPHS Quality and Patient Safety Award, University of Pennsylvania Health System, “A Comprehensive Evaluation of the Processing of Pap Specimens Using Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)”, Philadelphia, PA, 2007
Nominee for Basic Science Teaching Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, PennMed MS2s, Philadelphia, PA, 2007
College of American Pathologists Spokesperson, 2007-ongoing
Best Overall Instructor of Pathology;
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Class of 2011 Teaching Awards (PennMed MS2s)
Philadelphia, PA, 2008
Best Overall Instructor of Pathology;
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Class of 2012 Teaching Awards (PennMed MS2s)
Philadelphia, PA, 2009
The Peter C. Nowell Teaching Award; University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Philadelphia, PA, 2009
Best Instructor in Reproduction Course;
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Class of 2013 Teaching Awards (PennMed MS2s)
Philadelphia, PA, 2010
Module 2 Teaching Award for Reproduction; University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Class of 2014 Teaching Awards (PennMed MS2s)
Philadelphia, PA, 2011
Module 2 Teaching Award; University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Class of 2016 Teaching Awards (PennMed MS2s)
Philadelphia, PA, 2013
Nominee for Module 2 Teaching Award; University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Class of 2017(PennMed MS2s)
Philadelphia, PA, 2014

Memberships and Professional Organizations

American Society of Cytopathology, 1999 - Present
GRIPE--Group for Research in Pathology Education, 2011 - 2014
Association of Pathology Chairs--UMEDS, Undergraduate Medical Educators Section, 2011 - 2014
College of American Pathologists, - Present
United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, - Present
Papanicolaou Society, - Present
Pathology Society of Philadelphia, - Present
American Society of Clinical Pathology, - Present

Web Links


Selected Publications

Using “Residual” Fine Needle Aspiration Rinse and Body Fluid Specimens for Next-Generation Sequencing: An Institutional Experience

Shuanzheng Wei, MD, PhD; David Lieberman, MS, CGC; Jennifer J.D. Morrissette, PhD; Zubair W. Baloch, MD, PhD; David B. Roth, MD, PhD; Cindy McGrath, MD, Cancer Cytopathology. doi: 10.1002/cncy.21666 Online December 2015 124(): 324-329, 2016, PMID:26682952

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Performance of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) High Risk (HR) DNA Testing in Daily Clinical Practice

Cindy McGrath, M.D., Annemarie Pondo, CT(ASCP), Prabodh Gupta, M.D., Cancer Cytopathology 105(S5): 371, 2005

Cytomegalovirus infection of trophoblast cells elicits an inflammatory reponse: A possible mechanism of placental dysfunction

Chou D, Ma Y, Zhang J, McGrath C, Parry S, Am J Obstet Gynecol 194(2): 535-541, 2006

Detection of High Risk Human Papillomavirus (HPV) DNA: Comparison of Hybrid Capture 2 and INFORM™ In Situ Hybridization

Cindy McGrath, M.D., Seth Fleisher, CT(ASCP), Terri Pasha, B.S., Prabodh Gupta, M.D., Cancer Cytopathology 105(S5): 371, 2005

Reproduction Block Pathology Lab/Small Group Sessions: Gynecologic and Breast Pathology Labs

McGrath CM (Gyn) Mies C, McGrath CM (Breast), Digital Slidebox--Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; Module 2 Organ Pathology; conversion of small group sessions into digital slidebox interactive program with annotations and virtual slides, 2011

Subtype distribution of human papillomavirus in HIV-infected women with cervical intraepithelial neoplasis stages 2 and 3 in Botswana.

Ramolgola-Masire D, McGrath CM, Barnhart KT, Friedman HM, Zetola NM, Int J Gynecol Pathol 30(6): 591-6, 2011, PMID:21979597

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Persistence of cervical human papillomavirus and cervical intraepithelial neoplasia 1 in an inner city population

Jeronis S, Vichnin M, Chu CS, McGrath C, J Lower Genital Tract Infection 10(3): 182, 2006

Adeno-Associated Virus-2 (AAV-2) causes trophoblast dysfunction, and placental AAV-2 infection is associated with preeclampsia

Arechavaleta-Velasco F, Ma Y, Zhang J, McGrath CM, Parry S, American Journal Of Pathology 168(6): 1951-1959, 2006, PMID:16723710

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Overexpression of p16INK4A in liquid-based specimens (SurePathÔ) as marker of cervical dysplasia and neoplasia

Saqi A, Pasha TL, McGrath CM, Yu GH, Zhang, P, Gupta P., Diagn Cytopathol 27(6): 365-370, 2002

Comparison of efficacy of diagnostic modalities in detecting Aspergillosis in non-HIV immunocompromised patients

Dinan D, Yu GH, Zhang PJ, Nachamkin I, McGrath CM, Modern Pathology 16(1): 262-263A, 2003

Comparison of cytologic preparations for atypical glandular cells (AGC) in cervicovaginal cytopathology: conventional smear vs. ThinPrep vs. SurePath

McHale T, Bentz J, Rowe L, Gupta P, McGrath C, Modern Pathology 16(1): 75A, 2003

False negative rate of cervical cancer cytologic screening: comparison of conventional Papanicolaou smear to liquid-based cytology

Coutinho S, Sahin-Kandemir C, Yu G, McGrath C, Modern Pathology 16(1): 62A, 2003

Evaluation of the SurePath liquid-based cervical cancer screening system: direct to vial performance at a university hospital

McGrath C, Gupta P, Modern Pathology 16(1): 75A, 2003

Rapid detection of the t(11;14) translocation in mantle cell lymphoma by two-color interphase fluorescence in situ hybridization on archival cytopathologic material

Bentz JS, Rowe LR, Anderson SR, Gupta PK, McGrath CM, Modern Pathology 16(1): 59A, 2003

ASCUS in Papanicolaou smears: the problems, controversies, and potential future directions

McGrath CM, Am J Clin Pathol Pathology Patterns 117(): S62-S75, 2002

Comparison of cytologic preparations for atypical squamous cells (ASC) in cervicovaginal cytopathology: conventional smear vs. ThinPrep vs. SurePath

McGrath C, McHale T, Rowe L, Gupta P, Bentz J, Modern Pathology 16(1): 75A, 2003

Rapid detection of the t(11;14) translocation in mantle cell lymphoma by two-color interphase fluorescence in situ hybridization on archival cytopathologic material

Bentz JS, Rowe LR, Anderson SR, Gupta PK, McGrath CM, Cancer Cytopathology 102(2): 124-131, 2004

Hypoxia-inducible erythropoietin signaling in squamous dysplasia and squamous cell carcinoma of the uterine cervix and its potential role in cervical carcinogenesis and tumor progression

Acs G, Zhang PJ, McGrath CM, Acs P, McBroom J, Mohyeldin A, Liu S, Lu H, Verma A, American Journal of Pathology 162(): 1789-1806, 2003, PMID:12759237

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Rapid detection of the t(14;18) translocation in follicular lymphoma by two-color interphase fluorescence in situ hybridization on archival cytopathologic material

Bentz JS, Rowe LR, Anderson SR, Gupta PK, McGrath CM, Modern Pathology 16(1): 59-60A, 2003

Placental infections with human papilloma virus is associated with spontaneous preterm delivery.

Gomez L, Ma Y, Ho CKM, McGrath CM, Nelson DB, Parry S., J Soc Gynecol Invest 11(): 298A, 2004

Comparison of cytologic preparations in cervicovaginal cytopathology: conventional smear vs. ThinPrep vs. AutoCyte PREP

McGrath CM, Rowe LR, Gupta PK, Bentz JS, Acta Cytologica 46(5): 958, 2002

New Website Has All Info Needed on Most Cancers; Video News Release on Cervical Cancer and MyBiopsy.org

College of American Pathologists, Spokespersons Network VNR with Dr. Cindy McGrath, ThePittsburghChannel.com; WTAE; aired on evening news, 2008