Norge Vergara, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Contact InformationHospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
6 Founders, Room 6049
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Specialty Division

Anatomic Pathology


MD (Medicine, High Honors), Instituto Superior de Ciencias Medicas Villa Clara, Cuba, 1997

Specialty Certification

Cytopathology Board certified by The American Board of Pathology, 2013
Board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology by The American Board of Pathology, 2013

Postgraduate Training

Anatomic Pathology/Clincal Pathology Residency, St Luke’s-Roosevelt-Beth Israel Hospital Center of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2008-2012
Pathology Chief Resident, St Luke’s-Roosevelt-Beth Israel Hospital Center of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2011-2012
Cytopathology Fellowship, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2012-2013
Surgical Pathology Fellowship, Staten Island University Hospital, 2013-2014

Awards and Honors

Memberships and Professional Organizations

American Society of Clinical Pathology, 2008 - Present
College of American Pathologists, 2008 - Present
Pathology Society of Philadelphia, 2016 - present
The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP), 2016 - present
American Society of Cytopathology, 2017 - Present

Selected Publications

Comparison of endoscopic ultrasound tissue acquisition methods for genomic analysis of pancreatic cancer.

Elhanafi S, Mahmud N, Vergara N, Kochman ML, Das KK, Ginsberg GG, Rajala M, Chandrasekhara V., Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 2018, PMID:30422342

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A phase I dose escalation trial of nab-paclitaxel and fixed dose radiation in patients with unresectable or borderline resectable pancreatic cancer

Shabason JE1, Chen J, Apisarnthanarax S, Damjanov N4, Giantonio B, Loaiza-Bonilla A, O'Dwyer PJ, O'Hara M4, Reiss KA, Teitelbaum U, Wissel P, Drebin JA, Vollmer C, Kochman M, Mick R, Vergara N, Jhala N, Doucette A, Lukens JN, Plastaras JP, Metz JM, Ben-Josef E., Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology 81(3): 609-6014, 2018, PMID:29362902

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Cytology and histology: Complementary diagnostic modalities during endoscopic ultrasound-guided tissue acquisition

NorgeVergaraMDRoseann I.WuMD, MPHStutiShroffMD, PhDCindy M.McGrathMD, Techniques in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Volume 20(1): 10-14, 2018

Book chapter Molecular Cytology Applications on Pancreas and Biliary Tract of Molecular Applications in Cytology

Rene Gerhard, Roseanne I. Wu, Norge Vergara, Springer, 2018

Tracheal Glomus Tumor: A Case Report and Review of the Literature.

Ollin Venegas, Andrew Newton, Norge Vergara, Sunil Singhal, Jarrod D. Predina, Rare Tumors 9(1): , 2017, PMID:28458792

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Pleural mass forming extramedullary hematopoiesis masquerading as a malignant neoplasm.

Meykler S, Obstfeld A, Jhala N, Vergara N, Gupta PK., Diagnostic Cytopathology 43(12): 996-9, 2015, PMID:26303071

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Use of flow cytometry in the diagnosis of lymphoproliferative disorders in fluid specimens.

Yu GH1, Vergara N, Moore EM, King RL., Diagnostic cytopathology 42(8): 664-70, 2014

Does On−Site Evaluation Improve the Diagnostic Yield of Fine Needle Aspiration Specimens?

Baloch W. Z, Yu G, Shi W, Vergara N, 2013 USCAP annual meeting, Baltimore, MD, 2013

Informed consent for blood transfusion: what do medicine residents tell? What do patients understand?

Friedman M, Arja W, Batra R, Daniel S, Hoehn D, Paniz AM, Selegean S, Slova D, Srivastava S, Vergara N, AJCP 138(4): 559-65, 2012