Pathology Residency Graduates

Residency Graduates

From left (Graduates): Michelle Don, MD; Wendy Kadi, DO; Kimberly Lally, MD; Angelica Vivero, MD.

Michelle Don, MD
Hematopathology Fellow, Cedars-Sinai

Wendy Kadi, DO
Surgical Pathology Fellow, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Kimberly Lally, MD
Transfusion Medicine Fellow, Johns Hopkins

Angelica Vivero, MD
Transfusion Medicine Fellow, Cedars-Sinai

David Angert, MD, PhD
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Heart Institute, Cedars-Sinai

Kristine Astvatsaturyan, MD

Cytopathology Fellow, Cedars-Sinai

Nasim Babaidorabad, MD
Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellow, Virginia Commonwealth University

Priyadarshini Kumar, MD
Hematopathology Fellow, Memorial Sloan Kettering

Joseph Vallone, MD
Medical Examiner, Los Angeles Coroner’s Office

Caleb Cheng, MD
VA Quality Scholar, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

Amanda Lo, MD
Surgical pathology fellowship
Hematopathology fellowship

Yao Ma, MD
Director, Clinical Pathology Laboratory, Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Center, TX

Andrew Martowski, MD
Pathologist, Metro Health Hospital, Wyoming, MI

Xiaoyan Zhou, MD

Pathologist, Antelope Valley Hospital, CA

Navid Farahani, MD
Pathologist, 3Scan
Informatics Pathology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Brent Larson, DO
Faculty, Cedars-Sinai

Matthew Miller, MD
Medical Examiner, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner

Susan Parson, MD
Medical Examiner, Baltimore, MD

Snehal Patel, MD, PhD
Faculty, National Institutes of Health

Amena Usmani, MD, MBA
Faculty, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Shivani Kandukuri, MD
Instructor, Cedars-Sinai

Michael McFall, MD
Dermatopathology Fellow, University of Vermont Medical Center

Elizabeth Moschiano, MD

Pathologist, Community Memorial Hospital

What Our Graduates Say About Our Program



The AP/CP residency at Cedars-Sinai was the essential component of my success in pursuing a career in academic pathology. Availability of scholarly activities helped me build a strong application to be accepted in a competitive fellowship program. Ample exposure to diverse cases during my residency and a well-rounded clinical curriculum prepared me to be a knowledgeable and efficient fellow. Because of my residency training, I was able to take maximum advantage of my fellowship training and to have the full support of my attendings in pursuing an academic career.


Amir Behdad, MD

Assistant Professor
Division of Hematopathology
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
(Residency Class of 2012)

My educational experience as an AP/CP resident at Cedars-Sinai was outstanding and prepared me for a thriving academic career in a very competitive environment. I believe the faculty did an outstanding job, not only in teaching scientific concepts, but also with providing me with an in-depth understanding of the practical aspects of the practice of pathology, which has proven to be invaluable in managing a busy practice in an extremely complex, academic setting. I was able to secure highly competitive fellowships and eventually my ideal job with no difficulty, due in part to the excellent training I received as a resident at Cedars-Sinai. The faculty and program supported and encouraged my professional development, for which I will be forever grateful.


Sanam Loghavi, MD

Assistant Professor
Department of Hematopathology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
(Residency Class of 2012)

I graduated from the AP/CP residency program at Cedars-Sinai in 2015 and stayed for my molecular genetic pathology fellowship. During my five years there, I found excellent mentors, friends and colleagues. The residents get along and work well together. Training in AP and CP is strong and balanced. In my final year of residency, I felt like my training prepared me to take the AP/CP boards.


Snehal Patel, MD, PhD

Staff Clinician
Molecular Diagnostics Section of the Laboratory of Pathology
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
(Residency Class of 2015, Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellow 2015-16)

When I first entered residency, I wasn't sure if I wanted to go into a private or academic practice. Cedars-Sinai has a well-structured combined AP/CP program with strong subspecialty expertise, high volume, complex cases and numerous research opportunities. It was particularly rewarding to have mentors that supported me in designing research projects to investigate my own hypotheses. I also gained valuable administrative and quality improvement experience through my participation in various departmental and institutional committees. I chose this program because I thought it would afford me opportunities, no matter what type of practice I chose for my future. And it did. I got my first choice fellowship in a competitive field and went on to obtain a faculty position in a subspecialized practice at an academic medical center.


Brent K. Larson, DO

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
(Residency Class of 2015, Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology Fellow 2015-'16)

Have Questions or Need Help?

If you have questions or would like to learn more about the Pathology Residency Program at Cedars-Sinai, please call or send us a message.

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
8700 Beverly Blvd., Room 8709
Los Angeles, CA 90048-1804

LeeTanya Marion-Murray, Pathology Academic Program Coordinator