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Karra A. Jones, MD, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology

Contact Information

Primary Office
5244-A Carver Pavilion (RCP)
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA 52242


BS, Chemistry, Emory University
PhD, Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Kansas School of Medicine
MD, Medical Degree, University of Kansas School of Medicine
Resident, Anatomic Pathology, University of California, San Diego
Fellow, Neuropathology, University of California, San Diego

Licensure and Certifications

Board Certified in Combined Anatomic Pathology/Neuropathology - American Board of Pathology


Venable, E. R., Kerr, S. E., Lopes MBS,, Jones, K. A., Bellizzi, A. M., Mounajjed, T., Raghunathan, A., Hamidi, O., Halfdanarson, T. R., Ryder, M. & Graham, R. P. (2020). Liver metastases from pituitary carcinomas mimicking visceral well-differentiated neuroendocrine tumors: a series of four cases. Diagnostic pathology, 15(1), 81. PMID: 32622369.

Schaumberg, A. J., Juarez-Nicanor, W. C., Choudhury, S. J., Pastrián, L. G., Pritt, B. S., Prieto Pozuelo, M., Sotillo Sánchez, R., Ho, K., Zahra, N., Sener, B. D., Yip, S., Xu, B., Annavarapu, S. R., Morini, A., Jones, K. A., Rosado-Orozco, K., Mukhopadhyay, S., Miguel, C., Yang, H., Rosen, Y., Ali, R. H., Folaranmi, O. O., Gardner, J. M., Rusu, C., Stayerman, C., Gross, J., Suleiman, D. E., Sirintrapun, S. J., Aly, M. & Fuchs, T. J. (2020). Interpretable multimodal deep learning for real-time pan-tissue pan-disease pathology search on social media. Modern pathology : an official journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc. PMID: 32467650.

Woodroffe, R. W., Zanaty, M., Soni, N., Mott, S. L., Helland, L. C., Pasha, A., Maley, J., Dhungana, N., Jones, K. A., Monga, V. & Greenlee JDW, (2020). Survival after reoperation for recurrent glioblastoma. Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia, 73, 118-124. PMID: 31987636.

Seaman, S., Jones, K., Monga, V., Moritani, T. & Abel, T. (2020). Adult Medulloblastoma Presenting with Extensive Supratentorial Metastasis with Radiographically Occult Infratentorial Disease: Case Report and Review of the Literature. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SURGICAL CASE REPORTS. DOI: 10.31487/j.AJSCR.2019.01.08.

Allen, B. G., Bodeker, K. L., Smith, M. C., Monga, V., Sandhu, S., Hohl, R., Carlisle, T., Brown, H., Hollenbeck, N., Vollstedt, S., Greenlee, J. D., Howard, M. A., Mapuskar, K. A., Seyedin, S. N., Caster, J. M., Jones, K. A., Cullen, J. J., Berg, D., Wagner, B. A., Buettner, G. R., TenNapel, M. J., Smith, B. J., Spitz, D. R. & Buatti, J. M. (2019). First-in-human phase I clinical trial of pharmacologic ascorbate combined with radiation and temozolomide for newly diagnosed glioblastoma. Clinical Cancer Research, 25(22), 6590-6597. DOI: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-19-0594.

Reza, S. M., Samad, M. D., Shboul, Z. A., Jones, K. A. & Iftekharuddin, K. M. (2019). Glioma grading using structural magnetic resonance imaging and molecular data. Journal of Medical Imaging, 6(2). DOI: 10.1117/1.JMI.6.2.024501.

Lee, A. J., Jones, K. A., Butterfield, R. J., Cox, M. O., Konersman, C. G., Grosmann, C., Abdenur, J. E., Boyer, M., Beson, B., Wang, C., Dowling, J. J., Gibbons, M. A., Ballard, A., Janas, J. S., Leshner, R. T., Donkervoort, S., Bönnemann, C. G., Malicki, D. M., Weiss, R. B., Moore, S. A. & Mathews, K. D. (2019). Clinical, genetic, and pathologic characterization of FKRP Mexican founder mutation c.1387A>G. Neurology: Genetics, 5(2). DOI: 10.1212/NXG.0000000000000315.

Jones, K. A., Bossler, A. D., Bellizzi, A. M. & Snow, A. N. (2019). BCR-NTRK2 fusion in a low-grade glioma with distinctive morphology and unexpected aggressive behavior. Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies, 5(2). DOI: 10.1101/mcs.a003855.

Delfanti, R. L., Piccioni, D. E., Handwerker, J., Bahrami, N., Krishnan, A., Karunamuni, R., Hattangadi-Gluth, J. A., Seibert, T. M., Srikant, A., Jones, K. A., Snyder, V. A., Dale, A. M., White, N. S., McDonald, C. R. & Farid, N. (2017). Imaging correlates for the 2016 update on WHO classification of grade II/III gliomas: implications for IDH, 1p/19q and ATRX status. Journal of Neuro-oncology. PMID: 28871469.

Monga, V., Jones, K. & Chang, S. (2017). Clinical Relevance of Molecular Markers in Gliomas. Revista Medica Clinica Las Condes, 28(3), 343-351.

Decker, M. J., Jones, K. A., Keating, G. L. & Rye, D. B. (2017). Postnatal hypoxia evokes persistent changes within the male rat’s dopaminergic system. Sleep and Breathing, 1–8. PMID: 28828549.

Mirsadraei, L., Hodkoff, A., Jones, K., Shabaik, A., Kader, A Karim,, Saenz, C. C., Montironi, R., Tacha, D. E., Fadare, O. & Hansel, D. E. (2017). Serous Carcinoma Mimicking Primary Urothelial Carcinoma on Clinical Evaluation and Pathology: A Potential Diagnostic Pitfall. Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine. PMID: 28795841.

Jones, K. A., Gilder, A. S., Lam, M. S., Du, N., Banki, M. A., Merati, A., Pizzo, D. P., VandenBerg, S. R. & Gonias, S. L. (2016). Selective coexpression of VEGF receptor 2 in EGFRvIII-positive glioblastoma cells prevents cellular senescence and contributes to their aggressive nature. Neuro-oncology, 18(5), 667-78. PMID: 26420897.

van Vugt, V. A., Kesari, A., Muller, K. A., Carter, B., Vandenberg, S. R. & Kesari, S. (2016). A 22-Year Old Woman with Right Eyelid Swelling. Brain Pathology, 26(3), 425–426. PMID: 27111386.

Adams, S. R., Yang, H. C., Savariar, E. N., Aguilera, J., Crisp, J. L., Jones, K. A., Whitney, M. A., Lippman, S. M., Cohen, E. E., Tsien, R. Y. & others, (2016). Anti-tubulin drugs conjugated to anti-ErbB antibodies selectively radiosensitize. Nature communications, 7. PMID: 27698471.

Santiago-Dieppa, D. R., Zhou, T., Jones, K. A., Gabel, B. C., Chen, J. Y., Hansen, L. & others, (2016). Intracranial Rhabdomyoma: Case Report and Review of the Literature. Cureus, 8(4). PMID: 27335706.

Decker, M. J., Jones, K., Keating, G. L., Damato, E. G. & Darrah, R. (2016). Maternal dietary supplementation with omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids confers neuroprotection to the newborn against hypoxia-induced dopamine dysfunction. Sleep Science, 9(2), 94–99. PMID: 27656273.

Snyder, V., Amaro, D., Thung, I. & Jones, K. (2016). Molecularly-Defined Secondary and" Stealth" Glioblastomas: An Institutional Experience. In JOURNAL OF NEUROPATHOLOGY AND EXPERIMENTAL NEUROLOGY. (Vols. 75). (6), pp. 607–607.

Kobalka, P. J., Abboud, J. P., Liao, X., Jones, K., Lee, B. W., Korn, B. S., Kikkawa, D. O. & Lin, J. H. (2015). p16INK4A expression is frequently increased in periorbital and ocular squamous lesions. Diagnostic pathology, 10, 175. PMID: 26400483.

Hu, J., Muller, K. A., Furnari, F. B., Cavenee, W. K., VandenBerg, S. R. & Gonias, S. L. (2015). Neutralizing the EGF receptor in glioblastoma cells stimulates cell migration by activating uPAR-initiated cell signaling. Oncogene, 34(31), 4078-88. PMID: 25347738.

Gilder, A. S., Jones, K. A., Hu, J., Wang, L., Chen, C. C., Carter, B. S. & Gonias, S. L. (2015). Soluble Urokinase Receptor Is Released Selectively by Glioblastoma Cells That Express Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Variant III and Promotes Tumor Cell Migration and Invasion. The Journal of biological chemistry, 290(24), 14798-809. PMID: 25837250.

Buckel, L., Savariar, E. N., Crisp, J. L., Jones, K. A., Hicks, A. M., Scanderbeg, D. J., Nguyen, Q. T., Sicklick, J. K., Lowy, A. M., Tsien, R. Y. & Advani, S. J. (2015). Tumor radiosensitization by monomethyl auristatin E: mechanism of action and targeted delivery. Cancer research, 75(7), 1376-87. PMID: 25681274.

Lai, G., Muller, K. A., Carter, B. S. & Chen, C. C. (2015). Arteriovenous malformation within an isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 mutated anaplastic oligodendroglioma. Surgical neurology international, 6(Suppl 9), S295-9. PMID: 26167373.

Farid, N., Almeida-Freitas, D. B., White, N. S., McDonald, C. R., Kuperman, J. M., Almutairi, A. A., Muller, K. A., VandenBerg, S. R., Kesari, S. & Dale, A. M. (2014). Combining diffusion and perfusion differentiates tumor from bevacizumab-related imaging abnormality (bria). Journal of neuro-oncology, 120(3), 539-46. PMID: 25135423.

Steinberg, J. A., Gonda, D. D., Muller, K. & Ciacci, J. D. (2014). Endometriosis of the conus medullaris causing cyclic radiculopathy. Journal of neurosurgery. Spine, 21(5), 799-804. PMID: 25192376.

Muller, K., Lin, J. H. (2014). Orbital granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener granulomatosis): clinical and pathologic findings. Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine, 138(8), 1110-4. PMID: 25076302.

Gonda, D. D., Cheung, V. J., Muller, K. A., Goyal, A., Carter, B. S. & Chen, C. C. (2014). The Cancer Genome Atlas expression profiles of low-grade gliomas. Neurosurgical focus, 36(4), E23. PMID: 24812719.

Hesselink, J. R., Barkovich, M. J., Seibert, T. M., Farid, N., Muller, K. A., Murphy, K. T. & Kesari, S. (2014). Bevacizumab: radiation combination produces restricted diffusion on brain MRI. CNS oncology, 3(5), 329-35. PMID: 25363005.

Steinberg, J. A., Gonda, D. D., Muller, K. & Ciacci, J. D. (2014). Endometriosis of the conus medullaris causing cyclic radiculopathy: Case report. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, 21(5), 799–804.

Farid, N., Almeida-Freitas, D. B., White, N. S., McDonald, C. R., Muller, K. A., Vandenberg, S. R., Kesari, S. & Dale, A. M. (2013). Restriction-Spectrum Imaging of Bevacizumab-Related Necrosis in a Patient with GBM. Frontiers in oncology, 3, 258. PMID: 24137566.

Muller, K., Farid, N., White, N., McDonald, C., Pizzo, D., Furnari, F., Dale, A. & VandenBerg, S. (2013). Pre-and Post-Bevacizumab Glioblastoma Histopathology, Biomarkers and Imaging: An Autopsy Study. In JOURNAL OF NEUROPATHOLOGY AND EXPERIMENTAL NEUROLOGY. (Vols. 72). (6), pp. 566–566.

Muller, K., Chen, J., Hoi, U. & Hansen, L. (2013). Trigeminal Nerve Neuromuscular Choristoma Versus Rhabdomyoma. In JOURNAL OF NEUROPATHOLOGY AND EXPERIMENTAL NEUROLOGY. (Vols. 72). (6), pp. 591–591.

Muller, K., Liverman, C. & Newell, K. (2010). Alzheimer Neuropathological Changes in Brains From Subjects With Diabetes Mellitus: A Clinicopathological Study. In JOURNAL OF NEUROPATHOLOGY AND EXPERIMENTAL NEUROLOGY. (Vols. 69). (5), pp. 531–532.

Muller, K. A., Ryals, J. M., Feldman, E. L. & Wright, D. E. (2008). Abnormal muscle spindle innervation and large-fiber neuropathy in diabetic mice. Diabetes, 57(6), 1693-701. PMID: 18362211.

Levant, B., Ozias, M. K., Jones, K. A. & Carlson, S. E. (2006). Differential effects of modulation of docosahexaenoic acid content during development in specific regions of rat brain. Lipids, 41(5), 407-14. PMID: 16933785.

Decker, M. J., Jones, K. A., Solomon, I. G., Keating, G. L. & Rye, D. B. (2005). Reduced extracellular dopamine and increased responsiveness to novelty: neurochemical and behavioral sequelae of intermittent hypoxia. Sleep, 28(2), 169-76. PMID: 16171240.