Clinical Focus

  • Fellow
  • Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
  • Clinical Pathology Chief Resident, 2018-2019
  • Gynecologic Pathology Fellow, 2019-2020
  • Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellow, 2020-2021


All Publications

  • Neurofibrosarcoma Revisited: An Institutional Case Series of Uterine Sarcomas Harboring Kinase-related Fusions With Report of a Novel FGFR1-TACC1 Fusion. The American journal of surgical pathology Devereaux, K. A., Weiel, J. J., Mills, A. M., Kunder, C. A., Longacre, T. A. 2021


    Uterine sarcomas with variable CD34 and S100 expression represent an emerging class of tumor in the female genital tract which commonly presents in the endocervix of premenopausal women. Initial molecular characterization identified NTRK1 and NTRK3 gene fusions as oncogenic drivers in these tumors; however, the repertoire of genetic alterations is likely more diverse given the recent discovery of PDGFB and RET gene fusions in similarly described tumors. Importantly, these fusion events lead to the aberrant activation of kinases that are potentially therapeutically targetable; therefore, recognizing this class of tumor becomes critical for initiating the molecular testing required for an accurate diagnosis and identification of clinically actionable fusions. Here, we report our institutional experience with 12 cases of uterine spindle cell sarcomas harboring kinase-related fusions. Patients ranged from 21 to 80 years old (median, 38 y) and presented either asymptomatically or with pelvic pain and/or uterine bleeding. Eleven (92%; 11/12) tumors were localized to the cervix and 1 (8%; 1/12) tumor was localized in the anterior fundus of the uterine corpus. Tumors ranged in size from 1.5 to 15.0 cm (median, 6.0 cm) and were histologically characterized by a moderately cellular, infiltrative proliferation of spindle cells with features of benign gland entrapment, stromal collagen deposition, perivascular hyalinization, occasionally myxoid stroma, a lymphocytic infiltrate, occasional nuclear pseudoinclusions, and a pseudophyllodes architecture. RNA-sequencing identified NTRK1 (8/12), NTRK3 (1/12), and PDGFB (2/12) gene fusions, which have been previously implicated in this tumor class, as well as a novel FGFR1-TACC1 (1/12) fusion. All tumors in this cohort showed coexpression of CD34 and S100 by immunohistochemistry except for those tumors with PDGFB fusions which showed solely CD34 expression. Of the 10 surgically resected tumors with follow-up, outcomes best correlated with the stage of disease. One of 4 patients with stage IA tumors (1/4) had recurrences, half of the stage IB (2/4) tumors had recurrences and all of the stage IIB tumors (2/2) had recurrences and died of disease. Future studies are still required to better understand the spectrum of genetic alterations as well as evaluate the efficacy of targeted kinase inhibitors in this class of tumor.

    View details for DOI 10.1097/PAS.0000000000001644

    View details for PubMedID 33481389

  • Intracardiac paragangliomas: surgical approach and perioperative management. General thoracic and cardiovascular surgery Guenthart, B. A., Trope, W., Keeyapaj, W., Weiel, J. J., Edmonson, A., MacArthur, J. W., Annes, J. P., Woo, Y. J., Lui, N. S. 2020


    Intracardiac paragangliomas most commonly arise from the left atrium and are often infiltrative and densely adherent to surrounding structures. Given their rarity, only scattered reports exist in the literature and standardized perioperative and surgical management is not well established. We describe a case of a 60-year-old woman with a mildly functioning intracardiac paraganglioma in which division of the superior vena cava improved exposure and enabled a complex limited resection. Further, we provide an overview of the diagnostic workup, perioperative medical management, surgical approach, and surveillance strategy in patients with these challenging tumors.

    View details for DOI 10.1007/s11748-020-01503-2

    View details for PubMedID 33074472

  • A 36-Year-Old Woman From West Africa With Newly Diagnosed AIDS and a Spinal Cord Mass CLINICAL INFECTIOUS DISEASES Hitchcock, M. M., Aggarwal, I., Chang, A., Weiel, J. J., Szumowski, J. D. 2018; 66 (7): 1147–49

    View details for DOI 10.1093/cid/cix894

    View details for Web of Science ID 000427897000028

  • Clusters of ligands on dendrimer surfaces Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry letters Schlick, K. H., Morgan, J. R., Weiel, J. J., Kelsey, M. S., Cloninger, M. J. 2011; 21 (17): 5078-5083

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