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Zahra Maleki, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Pathology


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  • Assistant Professor of Pathology



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Research Interests

Translational studies in lung neoplasms


Dr. Zahra Maleki is an assistant professor of pathology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise include surgical pathology and cytopathology. Her priority as a clinician and pathologist is to serve the patients by performing both fine needle aspirations and on site evaluations of specimen adequacy, and providing an accurate, timely diagnosis. She teaches and mentors fellows, residents, and students at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

She received her medical degree from Shaheed Beheshti University of Medical Sciences and completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. She performed her first fellowship at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in pathology and a second fellowship in cytopathology at the University of Miami.

Dr. Maleki's research interests include head/neck and lung neoplasms. She is investigating the role of human papilloma virus (HPV) in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas.

She is board-certified in anatomical pathology, clinical pathology and cytopathology. She has published papers in surgical pathology and cytopathology. more

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    • M.D., Shaheed Beheshti Medical University (Iran) (1995)
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    Research Summary

    Dr. Zahra Maleki is a cytopathologist with a particular interest in head and neck and lung neoplasms. She is investigating the role of human papilloma virus (HPV) in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas. She believes that further investigation of HPV and its pathway may initiate preventive measures in the future.

    Selected Publications

    1. Olson MT, Novak A, Boonyaarunnate T, Trotter J, Sachs S, Kelly D, Ford S, Cornish TC, A Toll, Tatsas AD, Maleki Z, Erozan YS, Rosenthal DL. "Reproducibility of the Johns Hopkins Hospital template for urologic cytology samples." Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology. 3 (3), 156-164. 2014.
    2. Smith DF, Maleki Z, Coughlan D, Gooi Z, Akpeng B, Ogawa T, Bishop J, Frick KD, Agrawal N, Gourin CG, Ha PK, Koch WM, Richmon JD, Westra WH, Pai SI. "Human papillomavirus status of head and neck cancer as determined in cytologic specimens using the hybrid-capture 2 assay." Oral Oncol. 50 (6), 600-604. 2014.
    3. Toll AD, Maleki Z. "Cytomorphology of non‐small cell lung carcinoma with anaplastic lymphoma kinase gene rearrangement." Diagn Cytopathol. doi: 10.1002/dc.23160. Epub 2014 April 10.
    4. Sathiyamoorthy, S. and Maleki, Z. "Cytomorphologic overlap of differentiated thyroid carcinoma and lung adenocarcinoma and diagnostic value of TTF-1 and TGB on cytologic material." Diagn Cytopathol. 42: 5–10. doi: 10.1002/dc.22997. Epub 2 May 2013.
    5. Pindrik J, Macki M, Bydon M, Maleki Z, Bydon A. "Midline synovial and ganglion cysts causing neurogenic claudication." W J Clin Cases. 2013 December;1(9): 285–289. doi: 10.12998/wjcc.v1.i9.285.
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