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

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

College of American Pathologists, 2008 - Present
American Society of Clinical Pathology, 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

Bayesian approach to interpreting somatic cancer sequencing data: a case in point.

Ju-Yoon Yoon 1, Jason N Rosenbaum 1 2, Norge Vergara 1, Roger B Cohen 3, Robert B Wilson 4, Journal of Clinical Pathology 74(6): , 2021, PMID:32855180

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Acquired Cystic Kidney Disease-associated Renal Cell Carcinoma (ACKD-RCC) Harbor Recurrent Mutations in KMT2C and TSC2 Genes

Abhishek Shah, Priti Lal, Erik Toorens, Matthew B Palmer, Lauren Schwartz, Norge Vergara, Thomas Guzzo, Anupma Nayak, American Journal of Surgical Pathology, 2020

A multidisciplinary pancreatic cyst conference reduces low risk cyst resections

John T Nathanson, MD; Shivani Kastuar, MD; Kimberly A Forde, MD; Charles M Vollmer, MD; Evan S Siegelman, MD; Norge Vergara, MD; Danielle Fortuna, MD; Nuzhat A Ahmad, MD., Gastroenterology 158(6): s-603, 2020

End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and Associated Tumors and Cysts

Abhishek Shah, Hospital of University of Pennsylvania (Primary Presenter) Priti Lal, University of Pennsylvania Lauren E. Schwartz, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Matthew Palmer, University of Pennsylvania Norge Vergara, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Anupma Nayak, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, USCAP 2020, Los Angeles, CA, 2020

"A Diagnostically Challenging Case of Primary Urethral Melanoma Mimicking High Grade Urothelial Carcinoma"

Lal, Priti, MD; Schwartz, Lauren, MD; Vergara, Norge, MD; Gustafson, Karen, MD, PhD; Elder, David, MB, ChB; Xu, Xiaowei, MD, PhD, CAP 2019, Orlando, FL, 2019

Villous Adenoma Arising in the Native Bladder Mucosa and the Upper Urinary Tract With Coexisting Neuroendocrine Carcinoma Following Augmentation Cystoplasty.

Nayak A, Depasquale B, Vergara N, Guzzo TA, Lal P., International Journal of Surgical Pathology 27(4): 450-456, 2019

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 34(5): 907-913, 2019

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

Molecular Cytology Applications on Pancreas and Biliary Tract

Rene Gerhard, Roseanne I. Wu, Norge Vergara, Molecular Applications in Cytology, 2018