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Elham Khanafshar, MD, MS

Research and Clinical Interests

My clinical interest is mainly in cytopathology including exfoliative and aspiration cytology. I am also actively involved in general pathology sign out. My research interest is in endocrine pathology. I am collaborating with the department of Endocrine Surgery to investigate the new diagnostic tools in different endocrine neoplasms.

Selected Publications

  • W Moses, J Weng, E Khanafshar, QY Duh, O Clark, E Kebebew, “Multiple genetic alterations in papillary thyroid carcinoma are associated with younger age at presentation”, J Surg Res. 2010 May 15;160(2):179-83.
  • MA Guerrero, MR Vriens, I Suh, E Khanafshar, OH Clark, “Intraoperative diagnostic strategy to differentiate parathyroid adenoma from metastatic thyroid cancer”, Endocr Pract. 2009 July/August; 15(5):454-457.
  • GG Fernandez-Ranvier, E Khanafshar, D Tacha, M Wong, E Kebebew, QY Duh, OH Clark, “Defining a molecular phenotype for benign and malignant parathyroid tumors”, Cancer. 2009 Jan 15;115(2):334-44.
  • DT Ruan, RS Warren, J Moalem, KW Chung, AC Griffin, W Shen, QY Duh, E Nakakura, DB Donner, E Khanafshar, J Weng, OH Clark, E Kebebew, “ Mitogen-inducible gene-6 expression correlates with survival and is an independent predictor of recurrence in BRAF(V600E) positive papillary thyroid cancer”, Surgery. 2008 Dec;144(6):908-14.
  • GG Fernandez-Ranvier, J Weng, RF Yeh, E Khanafshar, I Suh, C Baker, QY Duh, O Clark, E Kebebew,“Identification of biomarkers of adrenocortical carcinoma using genomewide gene expression profiling”, Arch Surg. 2008 Sep;143(9):841-6.

Selected Awards

  • 2003 Nathan B. Friedman Award for the best poster presentation
  • 2003 Leo Rigler Award for outstanding academic achievement
  • 2001 Hans-Popper Award for outstanding Scientific Presntataion

Additional Information

  • Associate Clinical Professor
  • Pathology
  • Cytology

Specialty Area

  • Cytology
  • Surgical Pathology
  • Endocrine Pathology

Contact Information

Mailing/Shipping Address:

  • UCSF
  • Elham Khanafshar, MD, MS
  • Pathology, Box 1785
  • 1600 Divisadero Street, Room R207
  • San Francisco, CA 94143

Other UCSF Organizational Association(s)


  • Tissue Core Bank.
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