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    Christopher Lee Owens MD

    TitleAssociate Professor
    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    DepartmentPathology
    AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    One Innovation Drive, Biotech Three
    Worcester MA 01605
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        Education

        * Cytopathology, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD - 2007

        * Pathology, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD - 2006

        * M.D., Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA - 2002

        * B.S. Chemistry, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC - 1997

         

        Appointments

        * Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Meyers Primary Care Center, UMASS Memorial Medical Center and University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

        * Assistant Professor, Departments of Pathology, Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University, Providence, RI   - July 2007 – Dec. 2008

        As a clinically minded cytopathologist, my research efforts have focused on clinico-morphologic studies in aspiration and exfoliative cytology.  Careful correlation of cytologic findings with clinical outcomes in challenging settings allows meaningful stratification of risk for cytologic diagnoses and ultimately leads to improved patient management.  Incorporating the results of ancillary studies, such as immunocytochemistry results and molecular assays, not only augments our diagnoses in difficult settings but also provides important information in regard to prognosis and therapeutic choices.

        The field of cytopathology is also advancing and new preparatory techniques are now available to compliment conventional cytologic smears.   ThinPrepR a specific type of liquid based cytologic preparatory technique is now widely used in aspiration cytology.  I have been involved with several research efforts to study the comparative effectiveness of ThinPrepR relative to conventional techniques.   The findings of these studies are important as they serve to validate new cost effective techniques, leading to more efficient delivery of pathology services in a health care environment that must evolve to meet the demands of the future of medicine. 



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        1. Plourde A, Gross A, Jiang Z, Owens CL. Patterns in immunohistochemical usage in extended core prostate biopsies: comparisons among genitourinary pathologists and nongenitourinary pathologists. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2013 Nov; 137(11):1630-4.
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        2. Walavalkar V, Tommet D, Fischer AH, Liu Y, Papa DM, Owens CL. Evidence for increasing usage of low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion, cannot exclude high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (LSIL-H) pap test interpretations. Cancer Cytopathol. 2013 Aug 26.
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        3. Xing W, Hou AY, Fischer A, Owens CL, Jiang Z. The cellient automated cell block system is useful in the differential diagnosis of atypical glandular cells in Papanicolaou tests. Cancer Cytopathol. 2013 Aug 20.
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        4. Zhou AG, Owens CL, Cosar EF, Jiang Z. Clinical implications of current developments in genitourinary pathology. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2013 Jul; 137(7):887-93.
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        5. Owens CL, Peterson D, Kamineni A, Buist DS, Weinmann S, Ross TR, Williams AE, Stark A, Adams KF, Field TS. Effects of transitioning from conventional methods to liquid-based methods on unsatisfactory Papanicolaou tests: results from a multicenter US study. Cancer Cytopathol. 2013 Oct; 121(10):568-75.
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        6. Owens CL, Vandenbussche CJ, Burroughs FH, Rosenthal DL. A review of reporting systems and terminology for urine cytology. Cancer Cytopathol. 2013 Jan; 121(1):9-14.
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        7. Vandenbussche CJ, Sathiyamoorthy S, Owens CL, Burroughs FH, Rosenthal DL, Guan H. The Johns Hopkins Hospital template for urologic cytology samples : Parts II and III-Improving the predictability of indeterminate results in urinary cytologic samples: an outcomes and cytomorphologic study. Cancer Cytopathol. 2013 Jan; 121(1):21-8.
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        8. Rosenthal DL, Vandenbussche CJ, Burroughs FH, Sathiyamoorthy S, Guan H, Owens C. The Johns Hopkins Hospital template for urologic cytology samples : Part I-Creating the template. Cancer Cytopathol. 2013 Jan; 121(1):15-20.
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        9. Jean-Gilles J, Fischer AH, Luu MH, Owens CL. Clinical and pathologic features and clinical impact of false negative thyroid fine-needle aspirations. Cancer Cytopathol. 2012 Oct 25; 120(5):326-33.
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        10. Tatsas AD, Owens CL, Siddiqui MT, Hruban RH, Ali SZ. Fine-needle aspiration of intrapancreatic accessory spleen: Cytomorphologic features and differential diagnosis. Cancer Cytopathol. 2012 Aug 25; 120(4):261-8.
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        11. Luu MH, Fischer AH, Stockl TJ, Pisharodi L, Owens CL. Atypical follicular cells with equivocal features of papillary thyroid carcinoma is not a low-risk cytologic diagnosis. Acta Cytol. 2011; 55(6):526-30.
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        12. Owens CL, Fraire AE. Combined carcinoid tumor and squamous cell carcinoma of lung: expanding the spectrum of combined tumors of lung. Int J Surg Pathol. 2011 Apr; 19(2):273-5.
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        13. Luu MH, Fischer AH, Pisharodi L, Owens CL. Improved preoperative definitive diagnosis of papillary thyroid carcinoma in FNAs prepared with both ThinPrep and conventional smears compared with FNAs prepared with ThinPrep alone. Cancer Cytopathol. 2011 Feb 25; 119(1):68-73.
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        14. Bishop JA, Owens CL, Shum CH, Ali SZ. Thyroid bed fine-needle aspiration: experience at a large tertiary care center. Am J Clin Pathol. 2010 Aug; 134(2):335-9.
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        15. Kim S, Owens CL. Analysis of ThinPrep cytology in establishing the diagnosis of small cell carcinoma of lung. Cancer Cytopathol. 2009 Feb 25; 117(1):51-6.
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        16. Li S, Ai SZ, Owens C, Kulesza P. Intrapancreatic schwannoma diagnosed by endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration cytology. Diagn Cytopathol. 2009 Feb; 37(2):132-5.
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        17. Owens CL, Rekhtman N, Sokoll L, Ali SZ. Parathyroid hormone assay in fine-needle aspirate is useful in differentiating inadvertently sampled parathyroid tissue from thyroid lesions. Diagn Cytopathol. 2008 Apr; 36(4):227-31.
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        18. Johnson KE, Leahy K, Owens C, Blankson JN, Merz WG, Goldstein BJ. An atypical case of fatal zygomycosis: simultaneous cutaneous and laryngeal infection in a patient with a non-neutropenic solid prostatic tumor. Ear Nose Throat J. 2008 Mar; 87(3):152-5.
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        19. Owens CL, Argani P, Ali SZ. Mucinous tubular and spindle cell carcinoma of the kidney: cytopathologic findings. Diagn Cytopathol. 2007 Sep; 35(9):593-6.
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        20. Owens CL, Moats DR, Burroughs FH, Gustafson KS. "Low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion, cannot exclude high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion" is a distinct cytologic category: histologic outcomes and HPV prevalence. Am J Clin Pathol. 2007 Sep; 128(3):398-403.
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        21. Owens CL, Weir EG, Ali SZ. Cytopathologic findings in "POEMS" syndrome associated with Castleman disease. Diagn Cytopathol. 2007 Aug; 35(8):512-5.
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        22. Owens CL, Sharma R, Ali SZ. Deep fibromatosis (desmoid tumor): cytopathologic characteristics, clinicoradiologic features, and immunohistochemical findings on fine-needle aspiration. Cancer. 2007 Jun 25; 111(3):166-72.
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        23. Owens CL, Epstein JI, Netto GJ. Distinguishing prostatic from colorectal adenocarcinoma on biopsy samples: the role of morphology and immunohistochemistry. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2007 Apr; 131(4):599-603.
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        24. Owens CL, Epstein JI. Significance of denuded urothelium in papillary urothelial lesions. Am J Surg Pathol. 2007 Feb; 31(2):298-303.
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        25. Owens CL, Russell SD, Halushka MK. Histologic and electron microscopy findings in myocardium of treated Fabry disease. Hum Pathol. 2006 Jun; 37(6):764-8.
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        26. Owens CL, Ali SZ. Atypical squamous cells in exfoliative urinary cytology: clinicopathologic correlates. Diagn Cytopathol. 2005 Dec; 33(6):394-8.
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        27. Owens CL, Basaria S, Nicol TL. Metastatic breast carcinoma involving the thyroid gland diagnosed by fine-needle aspiration: a case report. Diagn Cytopathol. 2005 Aug; 33(2):110-5.
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        28. Wagner PJ, Moseley GC, Grant MM, Gore JR, Owens C. Physicians' emotional intelligence and patient satisfaction. Fam Med. 2002 Nov-Dec; 34(10):750-4.
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