Sumire Kitahara, MD

Assistant Professor of Pathology,
Associate Director, Hematopathology Fellowship,
Medical Director, Microbiology

Phone:  310-423-5471


  • Hematopathology
  • Coagulation
  • Microbiology

Education and Training

  • University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine; MD
  • Residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Fellowship in Hematopathology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Medical Board Certification

  • Board Certified, Anatomic Pathology
  • Board Certified, Clinical Pathology
  • Board Certified, Hematopathology

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Optimizing resident and fellow education
  • Hematopathology:  use of immunohistochemistry for lineage assignment in leukemias and lymphoma
  • Coagulation:  utilization of the combination of pretest probability assessment and laboratory assays to improve diagnosis of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia.

Awards and Activities

  • Leo G. Rigler Award for Academic Achievement, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Nathan B. Friedman Award for Resident Pathology Research, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Selected Publications

  • Kitahara S, Chan RC, Nichols WS, Silva EG.  Invader HPV test reveals a poorly-recognized deceiving group of cervical HSIL associated with HPV types-not-16/18.  Ann Diagn Pathol 2012;16(2):100-6.
  • Kling E, Kitahara S, Posligua L, Malpica A, Silva EG.  The 2 stromal compartments of the normal cervix with distinct immunophenotypic and histomorphologic features.  Ann Diagn Pathol. 2012 [Epub ahead of print].
  • Kitahara S, Walsh C, Frumovitz M, Malpica A, Silva EG.  Vascular Pseudoinvasion in Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Specimens for Endometrial Carcinoma:  A Grossing Artifact?  Am J Surg Pathol 2009;33:298.

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