Assistant Professor of Pathology, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Department of Pathology, Syracuse, New York
Dr. El-Zammar graduated from the American University of Beirut (AUB) with an M.D. degree in June 1996. She completed a year of internal medicine internship then one year of residency in anatomic pathology at AUB. In July 1998, she joined the department of Histopathology at the South Manchester University Hospital as an observer under the mentorship of Dr. N.Y. Haboubi, a GI pathologist. In July 1999, she started her residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Boston University Medical Center. She trained there for three years in anatomic pathology then in 2002, she transferred her residency training to the State University of New York, Upstate Medical University where she was fortunate to work closely under the mentorship of the renowned pulmonary pathologist, Dr. Anna-Luise Katzenstein for the next 13 years. She finished a cytopathology fellowship in 2005 as well. In January 2017, she was promoted to co-director of Surgical Pathology.
Her research centers on the clinicopathologic studies of diseases of the lung, both neoplastic and non-neoplastic. In addition, she has published several studies on diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, skin and breast. In the 3 years since she joined the Department of Pathology as an attending, she has published 7 papers in indexed, peer-reviewed journals and a book chapter. Her aspiration in the research arena is to stay at the leading edge of new developments in pulmonary pathology, to characterize new immunohistochemical markers and diagnostic tools, to discover new diseases and illuminate under-recognized ones, and to publish information that will help pathologists make diagnoses with greater accuracy. She will also continue to seek collaborators within the Upstate Community in order to apply basic science techniques to enhance diagnostic pathology. She also serves as an expert reviewer for internationally recognized journals such as Chest, respiration and International journal of pathology. In this capacity, she helps review some papers that are mostly related to her subspecialty and provide feedback to the journal editors.