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Pathology, Laboratory & Transfusion Medicine

Professor and Chairman
Department of Pathology
John A. Burns School of Medicine
University of Hawaii

Musculoskeletal Pathology (Tumors, Infection, Metabolic Diseases)
Joint Physiology and Pathology
Autopsy Pathology
Reaction to Bone and Joint Prostheses


Director of Pathology Consultation Services
Clinical Professor of Pathology
City of Hope National Medical Center

Diagnosing Follicular Lymphoma
Diagnosing Mantle Cell Lymphoma
Diagnosing MALT Lymphoma
Diagnosing Nodal Marginal Zone 8-cell Lymphoma
Diagnosing Small Lymphocyte Lymphoma
Diagnosing Nodular Lymphocyte Predominant Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Demystifying the Art of Making Histologic Diagnosis


Chairman and Professor
Department of Pathology
City of Hope National Medical Center

Epidemiology of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma around the World
Mantle Cell Lymphoma
Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma


Assistant Professor of Pathology
City of Hope National Medical Center

Early Prediction of Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma Metastasis and Prognosis


Clinical Professor of Pathology
City of Hope National Medical Center

Flow Cytometry in Hematopathology
Molecular Alterations in AML with Normal Karyotype

Dr. Gaal received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and went to medical school at the University of Califonria, Davis. He served in residency at Harbor-UCLA in Torrance, California and received a hematopathology fellowship at City of Hope. He has been a staff member of City of Hope since July, 2000.

Assistant Professor of Pathology
Director, Pathology Bioinformatics
Department of Pathology
City of Hope National Medical Center

Interpretation of Next Generation Sequencing Based Testing
Next Generation Technologies for the Clinical Lab (Adapting OMICS Technologies in the Clinical Lab)
Molecular Pathogenesis of Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma
Molecular Pathogenesis of Lymphomas
2016 WHO Classification of Hematopoietic Neoplasms – What is New?
Bioinformatics for Pathologists and Clinicians

Raju K. Pillai, M.D., is an assistant clinical professor specializing in hematopathology, molecular pathology and pathology bioinformatics. He is also a member of the Toni Stephenson Lymphoma Center. Prior to City of Hope, he was at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he served as a hematopathologist / molecular pathologist and Medical Director, Pathology Bioinformatics. Dr. Pillai earned his medical degree and subsequent internship at the Calicut Medical College in Kozhikode, India followed by a residency in medical biochemistry at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. He pursued his research interests in immunology with a post-doctoral fellowship in transplantation immunology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Pillai then completed an additional residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Southern California, and subsequent dual fellowships in molecular genetic pathology and hematopathology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center before joining the faculty at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Pillai’s research interests include molecular pathogenesis of lymphomas and the application of panomics technologies in diagnostic pathology. Triple board-certified in anatomic and clinical pathology, molecular genetic pathology and hematopathology, he is an active member of multiple professional associations, and has published more than 28 peer-reviewed publications, abstracts and book chapters.

President & Founder
Strategic Healthcare Group LLC
Medical Director, St. Vincent Indianapolis Blood Management Program

Blood Utilization

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