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Karen S. Gustafson, MD, PhD

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

Contact InformationUniversity of Pennsylvania Medical Center
6 Founders, Room FO6.042
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-662-3209

Email: Karen.Gustafson@uphs.upenn.edu

Specialty Division

Anatomic Pathology

Education

B.A. (Biology and Chemistry), Gustavus Adolphus College, 1983
MD, PhD (Biomedical Science), University of Minnesota Medical Scientist Training Program, 1998

Specialty Certification

American Board of Pathology, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, 2002
American Board of Pathology, Cytopathology, 2004
American Board of Pathology, Recertification, 2014

Postgraduate Training

Intern, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1998-1999
Resident, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1999-2002
Chief Resident- Anatomic Pathology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2001-2002
Fellow, Surgical Pathology, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2002-2003
Cytopatholgy Fellow, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2003-2004

Awards and Honors

Phi Beta Kappa, Gustavus Adolphus College, 1983
Phi Kappa Phi, University of Minnesota, 1994
J. Jacob Kaplan Award, University of Minnesota Medical School, 1997
Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Minnesota Medical School, 1997
H.T. Enterline Fellowship in Surgical Pathology Award, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2003
Geno Saccomanno, M.D. New Frontiers in Cytology Award, American Society of Cytopathology, 2009
Leadership Forum Excellence Recognition Award, Fox Chase Cancer Center, 2012

Memberships and Professional Organizations

College of American Pathologists, 2000 - Present
American Society of Clinical Pathologists, 2000 - 2004
United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, 2000 - Present
Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology, 2002 - Present
American Society of Cytopathology, 2003 - Present
American Society of Cytopathology, 2007 - 2008
American Society of Cytopathology, 2008 - 2010
Association for Molecular Pathology, 2010 - Present

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Selected Publications

Molecular profiling of neuroendocrine malignancies to identify prognostic and therapeutic markers: A Fox Chase Cancer Center pilot study.

Vijayvergia, N., Boland, P. M., Handorf, E., Gustafson, K. S., Gong, Y., Cooper, H. S., Sheriff, F., Astsaturov, I. A., Cohen, S. J., Engstrom, P. F., Br. J. Cancer., 2016, PMID:27482646

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CSI: Cancer Signature Investigation: ERBB2 (HER2)-activating mutation and amplification-positive breast carcinoma mimicking lung primary.

Shih J, Bashir B, Gustafson KS, Andrake MA, Dunbrack RL, Goldstein LJ, Boumber Y., J. Natl. Compr. Canc. Netw, 2015

Receiver Operating Characteristics (ROC) Application to Immnuhistochemistry for Determining Optimal Antibody Concentration: A Mathematical and Novel Application for Quality Control.

Samulski, T. D., Baradet, T., Zhang, P. D., Lal, P., Feldman, M. S., Gustafson, K. S., & Furth, E. E., Mod. Pathol., 2012b

Clinical stage T1 micropapillary urothelial carcinoma presenting with metastasis to the pancreas

Canter D, Simhan J, Smaldone MC, Lebed B, Tokar JL, Wu KN, Uzzo RG, Gustafson KS, Patchefsky AS, Plimack ER, Hoffman JP, Kutikov A., Urology 79(2): e9-10, 2012

Subclassification of non-small cell lung cancer by cytologic sampling: A logical approach with selective use of immunocytochemistry

Kimbrell HZ, Gustafson KS, Huang M, Ehya H, Acta Cytol, 2012

Evaluating the impact of a clinical universal mismatch repair screening initiative.

Hall, M. J., Martin, K. Q., Rybak, C., Cooper, H. S., Gustafson, K. S., Boyd, J., & Daly, M. B., J. of Clin. Oncol., 30(34): , 2012

Small cell carcinoma with an epidermal growth factor receptor mutation in a never-smoker with gefitinib-responsive adenocarcinoma of the lung.

Alam N, Gustafson KS, Ladanyi M, Zakowski MF, Kapoor A, Truskinovsky AM, Dudek AZ., Clinical Lung Cancer 11(5): E1-4, 2010

The cytologic criteria of malignancy

Fischer AH, Zhao C, Li QK, Gustafson KS, Eltoum IE, Tambouret R, Bernstein B, Savaloja LC, Kulesza P, J. Cell. Biochem. 110(4): 795-811, 2010

Discovery of Novel Methylated Genes in Cervical Carcinogenesis: Methylation of GREM1 and NID2 is Detected in the Majority of Invasive Cervical Cancers and Defines a Subset of High-Grade Squamous Intraepithelial Lesions.

Gustafson, K. S., Davis, A. R., Van Neste, L., Ronnett, B. M., & Herman, J. G., Cancer Cytopathol. 117(5): 351, 2009

Divergent activation of the DNA damage response in ductal and endocrine neoplastic progression in the pancreas.

Sengapta, A. L., Pasha, T., Gustafson, K. S., & Furth, E. E., Mod. Pathol., 2008