Kumarasen Cooper, MBChB, DPhil, FRCPath

Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Contact InformationHospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Founders Building, Rm. 6.042
3400 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tel: 215-662-6538

Specialty Division

Anatomic Pathology

Global Health Expertise

Penn Pathology Residents Electives at UB, Gaborone:
Conceived, planned, and activated the Botswana Rotation/Elective through the Botswana-UPenn Partnership. With the approval and support of former Department Chair Dr David Roth, this program was initiated in October 2016.

UB Residents at Penn:
A reciprocity program was also initiated with University of Botswana residents spending a month elective at Penn and CHOP Pathology.

Clinical Expertise

Postmortem and Surgical Pathology; Electron Microscopy; Immunofluorescence; Frozen Sections; Immunohistochemistry

Research Expertise

Gynecologic Pathology; Molecular Pathology; In Situ Hybridization; Immunohistochemistry; Experimental Pathology   


BSc University of Durban-Westville, 1974
BSc (Hons) University of Durban-Westville, 1975
MBChB University of Natal, 1980
DPhil University of Oxford, 1992

Specialty Certification

FFPath, College of Medicine of South Africa, 1985
MRCPath, Royal College of Pathologists, London, UK, 1987
FRCPath, Royal College of Pathologists, London, UK, 1997

Postgraduate Training

Intern, Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, King Edward VIII Hospital, Durban, South Africa, 1981
Resident, Pathology, University of Natal, 1982-86

Awards and Honors

Oxford Nuffield Medical Fellowship, 1989
Phyllis Knocker/Bradlow Award, 1990
Francois Daubenton Award, University of Witwatersrand, 1995
Faculty Teacher of the Year, University of Vermont, 2004, 2012, 2013
Kevin E. Salhany, MD Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Penn Medicine, 2014, 2020
James Wheeler Award, MD Award for Excellence in Anatomic Pathology Residency Training, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2017
Peter C. Nowell Teaching Award, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, 2017

Memberships and Professional Organizations

International Academy of Pathologists (South African Division), 1982 - 2000
Federation of South African Society of Pathologists, 1982 - 2000
South Africa College of Medicine, 1985 - present
Royal College of Pathologists, 1987 - 1996
Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland, 1990 - 2005
Arkadi M. Rywlin Pathology Slide Seminar Club, 1994 - Present
International Society for Gynaecological Pathologists, 1994 - Present
Royal College of Pathologists, 1997 - Present
Vermont Society of Pathologists, 1999 - 2013
International Academy of Pathologists (United States-Canadian Division), 1999 - Present
Vermont Cancer Center, 1999 - 2013
Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology, 1999 - 2014
New England Society of Pathologists, 1999 - 2006
Haematopathology Club, UK, 1999 - 2004
College of American Pathologists, 2000 - Present
Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology and College of American Pathologists, 2000 - 2007

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Selected Publications

Sarcoma cells secrete hypoxia-modified collagen VI to weaken the lung endothelial barrier and promote metastasis

Liu Y, Murazzi I, Fuller AM, Pan H, Irizarry-Negron VM, DeVine A, Katti R, Skuli N, Ciotti GE, Pak K, Pack MA, Simon MC, Weber K, Cooper K, Eisinger-Mathason TSK. Cancer Res 2024 Feb 9. doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-23-0910. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38335278.

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Myofibroblastoma in the Liver: A Case Report and Review of Literature

Narasimhamurthy M, Savant D, Shreve L, Rosen MA, Lee MK, Cooper K, Furth EE, Zhang PJ, Yang Z. Int J Surg Pathol 31(8):1559-1564, Dec 2023. doi: 10.1177/10668969231160262. Epub 2023 Mar 14. PMID: 36917841; PMCID: PMC10616985.

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Anisometric Cell/Dysplastic Lipomas in a Retinoblastoma Survivor: Report of a Case with Review of the Literature

Malik F, Cooper K. Int J Surg Pathol 31(8):1632-1637, Dec 2023. doi: 10.1177/10668969231157779. Epub 2023 Mar 10. PMID: 36898668; PMCID: PMC10616988.

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Atypical Spindle Cell and Pleomorphic Lipomatous Tumor of the Ocular Adnexa: Two Cases of a Rare Entity

Ulloa-Padilla JP, Rubio RH, Zhou S, Carrasco J, Watson A, Jiang W, Cooper K, Morgenstern K, Milman T. Ophthalmic Plast Reconstr Surg 39(2):e44-e49, Mar-Apr 2023. doi: 10.1097/IOP.0000000000002305. Epub 2022 Nov 17. PMID: 36700863.

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Primary Alveolar Soft-Part Sarcoma (ASPS) of the Prostate: Report of a Deceptive Case

Daneshpajouhnejad P, Morrison C, Zhao X, Daniel RE, Schwartz L, Cooper K, Zhang P, Lal P. Int J Surg Pathol 31(7):1359-1363, Oct 2023. doi: 10.1177/10668969221149135. Epub 2023 Jan 24. PMID: 36694389.

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S100 and CD34 Expressing Mesenchymal Neoplasm With Rare PLEKHH2::ALK Fusion and Response to ALK Inhibition

Coppock JD, Schneider MA, Surrey LF, Karakousis GC, Maki RG, Cooper K. Am J Surg Pathol 46(9):1309-1313, Sep 2022. doi: 10.1097/PAS.0000000000001887. Epub 2022 Mar 15. PMID: 35288525.

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Clinical, pathologic, and molecular analyses of superficial low-grade fibromyxoid sarcoma in two young patients: A rare and deceptive mimic of benignancy

Modi MB, Pei S, Hedberg ML, Fischer AS, Guerrero J, Carreon CK, Cooper K, Seykora JT. J Cutan Pathol 49(7):638-644, Jul 2022. doi: 10.1111/cup.14215. Epub 2022 Mar 6. PMID: 35191077; PMCID: PMC9232983.

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Metastatic Meningioma of the Neck: A Case Report and Systematic Review

Nguyen HCB, Mady LJ, Panara K, Andrianus S, Cooper K, Chen IH, Chalian AA, Brody RM. ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec 84(5):361-369, 2022. doi: 10.1159/000521076. Epub 2022 Feb 3. PMID: 35114675.

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Electric field-enhanced electrochemical CRISPR biosensor for DNA detection

Li Z, Ding X, Yin K, Xu Z, Cooper K, Liu C. Biosens Bioelectron 192:113498, Nov 2021. doi: 10.1016/j.bios.2021.113498. Epub 2021 Jul 12. PMID: 34280652; PMCID: PMC8453050.

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Focal reactive periostitis ossificans in a long bone: radiologic and pathologic findings

Levy JL, Louka KL, Cooper K, Weber KL, Dianat S. Radiol Case Rep 16(12):3638-3642, Oct 2021. doi: 10.1016/j.radcr.2021.09.009. PMID: 34630790; PMCID: PMC8495033.

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