Elham Khanafshar, MD, MS

Elham Khanafshar, MD, MS

Clinical Professor, Vice Chair of Clinical Operations, and Director of Cytopathology
Surgical Pathology
Specialty Areas
Surgical Pathology
Endocrine Pathology
Head and Neck Pathology

Pathology, Box 4034
1825 4th Street, Room L2181H
San Francisco, CA 94158
United States

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
  • E Khanafshar, RV Lloyd, “The spectrum of papillary thyroid carcinoma variants”, Adv Anat Pathol. 2011 Jan;18(1):90-7.
  • RV Lloyd, DG Buehler, E Khanafshar, “Papillary thyroid carcinoma variants”, Head Neck Pathol. 2011 Mar;5(1):51-6.
  • Y. Nikiforov YE, R. Seethala, G. Tallini, Z. Baloch, F. Basolo, L. Thompson, J. Barletta, B. Wenig, A. Al Ghuzlan, K. Kakudo, T. Giordano, V. Alves, E. Khanafshar, S. Asa, A. El-Naggar, W. Gooding, S. Hodak, R. Lloyd, G. Maytal, O. Mete, M. Nikiforov, V. Nose, M. Papotti, D. Poller, P. Sadow, A. Tischler, R. Tuttle, K. Wall, V. LiVolsi, G. Randolph, R. Ghossein, "Nomenclature revision for Encapsulated Follicular Variant of Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma: A paradigm Shift to Reduce Overtreatment of Indolent Tumors", JAMA Oncol.2016 Apr 14. Doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2016.0386.
  • D Ng, NT Can, ZV Ma, A van Zante, BM Ljung, E Khanafshar, "Cytomorphological Features of Noninvasive Follicular Thyroid Neoplasm with Papillary-Like Nuclear Features (NIFTP): A Comparison with Infiltrative Follicular Variant of Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma", Journal of Basic and Clinical Med. 2017 1(1): 51-56.
  • R Seethala, Z Baloch, J Barletta, E Khanafshar, O Mete, P Sadow, V LiVolsi, Y Nikiforov, G Tallini, L Thompson, "Noninvasive Follicular Thyroid Neoplasm with Papillary-Like Nuclear Features (NIFTP): A Review for Pathologists," Modern Pathology, 2018Jan;31(1):39-55.doi:10.1038/modpathol.2017.130. Epub 2017 Oct 20.
  • 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
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