Pathology Welcomes New Faculty

October 12, 2016

Pathology Welcomes New Faculty Dr. Sarag Boukhar

Dr. Sarag Boukhar

Dr. Sarag Boukhar received his medical degree and initial pathology training in Libya. He then moved to the United States where he entered the combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology training program at University of Hawaii. After he completed his residency in 2014, Dr. Boukhar left the beautiful islands of Hawaii and moved to the east coast to perform a fellowship in Hematopathology at Rutgers University in New Jersey, followed by another year of selective surgical pathology training in the GI and Hepatic pathology at University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. During his two fellowships Dr. Boukhar was involved in multiple research projects; the most recent manuscript submitted is the global profiling of alternative splicing events and gene expression in hepatitis C-induced hepatocellular carcinoma.  Currently Sarag is participating on the general surgical and GI services here at UIHC.

In his free time he enjoys Volley ball, Running, Reading and spending time with family and friends. He is married to wife Ilham, and has two children, Maryah (age 3) and Eyad (age 1).

Pathology Welcomes New Faculty Dr. Stephanie Stauffer

Dr. Stephanie Stauffer

Dr. Stephanie Stauffer received her M.D. in 2011 from the University of Iowa. She then entered the combined Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Training program here at the University of Iowa, completing her residency in 2015. During her senior year of residency she served as a co-chief resident. She went on to complete a fellowship in Forensic Pathology at the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office in Minneapolis, Minnesota in June 2016.

Dr. Stauffer’s professional interests include medical education and forensic toxicology. In her spare time she enjoys knitting and spending time with her husband Isaac and her daughter Clementine.

Pathology Welcomes New Faculty Dr. Anand Rajan KD

Dr. Anand Rajan KD

Dr. Rajan went to medical school at Bangalore Medical College at Bangalore, India, his home town. He completed a residency in Pathology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi and stayed on at AIIMS for a Senior Residency in Surgical Pathology. Anand then came to the United States for an Eye Pathology Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and subsequently finished a residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology (AP/CP) and a fellowship in Head and Neck Surgical Pathology, both at the Washington University School of Medicine at St Louis. Speaking broadly, he is interested in several areas of head and neck pathology, including thyroid, sinonasal and salivary gland neoplasms.  His current research focus involves immunosuppression-related epithelial malignancies and reproducible science, including reproducible diagnosis. In his spare time he follows topics of interest in epidemiology, climate change, photography and computer games.

Pathology Welcomes New Faculty Dr. Karra Jones

Dr. Karra Jones

Dr. Karra Jones, originally from Kansas City, completed her M.D., Ph.D. in her home town at the University of Kansas School of Medicine (KUMC). She received her Ph.D. in 2008 studying large peripheral nerve fiber disruption in diabetes in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. She obtained her M.D. at KUMC in 2010 where she earned the Russell Jay Eilers Award in Pathology.  While in medical school, translational Neuropathology research on Alzheimer Disease performed with her Neuropathology mentor, Dr. Kathy Newell, led to her earning the prestigious Moore Award in Clinico-Pathological Correlation from the American Association of Neuropathologists in 2010.

Dr. Jones then headed to the West Coast and entered into the combined Anatomic Pathology/Neuropathology residency/fellowship program at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). During her fellowship she studied brain tumors under Dr. Lawrence Hansen, Dr. Scott VandenBerg, and performed basic science research under Dr. Steve Gonias. She also focused on Neuromuscular Pathology and obtained additional training in this area under Dr. Henry Powell and Dr. Diane Shelton.

After completion of her fellowship in 2014, Dr. Jones was hired as a Neuropathologist and ran the Neuromuscular Pathology service at UCSD. During her time on staff at UCSD she continued to engage in collaborative research projects on brain tumors and partnered with Molecular Pathologists and Cytogeneticists on fine-tuning the molecular protocols used in Neuropathology. She ran a biomarker core lab at the Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine and worked closely with the Moores Cancer Center, serving as a Co-Director of the Tissue Biorepository.

Dr. Jones is thrilled to return to the Midwest and join the Department. She will be a member of the Neuropathology Division signing out Neurosurgical cases, including Neuromuscular Pathology, participating in the autopsy service, and teaching residents and fellows.