Executive Director - Dr. Ashraf Khan
Ashraf Khan, MD, FRCPath
Professor of Pathology
Director of Surgical Pathology
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Worcester, MA, USA.
Dr. Ashraf Khan received his medical (MBBS) degree in 1980 from Jawharlal Nehru Medical College, AMU, Aligarh, India following which he did 3-year post graduate training (MD) in Pathology at the same institution and then joined as a lecturer in Pathology in 1983. In 1985 Dr. Khan moved to England where he trained in Histopathology at Lewisham and Guy's Hospital of the University of London. This training included experience of working at the Hedley Atkins Breast Unit of the Imperial Cancer Research Foundation at Guy's Hospital under the tutelage of Dr. Rosemary Millis an internationally recognized breast pathologist. It was working with Dr. Millis that inspired him to become interested in breast pathology. After serving as a senior Registrar in Histopathology for 3 years at Guy's Hospital and passing the MRCPath examination, Dr. Khan migrated to the United States in 1993 to join as a surgical pathology fellow at University of Massachusetts Medical Center. After one-year fellowship he was appointed as an Assistant Professor in Anatomic Pathology at UMASS, and worked his way up to his present position as Professor of Pathology (since 2005). He is currently the Director of Surgical Pathology and served as Director of Pathology Residency from 2001-08 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is actively involved in the UMASS medical center and medical school administrative functions serving on the Faculty Council, Medical School Admissions Committee, Cancer Committee, and Director of Pathology Quality Assurance among others.
Dr. Khan's clinical interests include Breast and Endocrine pathology. He served as Secretary and later President of the Endocrine Pathology Society (a companion society of US and Canadian Academy of Pathology with members from North America, Europe and Japan) from 2002-05. He is also on the Editorial Board of the journal Endocrine Pathology and is the Section Editor (Endocrine Pathology) of Archives of Pathology. He regularly serves as a peer reviewer for several other pathology and endocrinology journals. Dr. Khan has published more than 100 original articles, invited review articles, book chapters and abstracts in the field of Endocrine and Breast Pathology. He is the Editor of a textbook on surgical pathology of endocrine tumors being published by Springer publications. Dr. Khan is a Principal Investigator of research grants from the Breast Cancer Research Program of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and US Department of Defense. Dr. Khan's research interest in breast pathology includes evaluation of molecular markers in the diagnosis and progression of breast cancer; and understanding the mechanism of Herceptin resistance in HER-2 over-expressing breast cancer. In the field of endocrine pathology he has published numerous papers on the evaluation of biomarkers in diagnosis and progression of thyroid cancer.
Dr. Khan is an active member of the Association of Indian Pathologists in North America (AIPNA) ever since it was founded more than a decade ago. He has played a critical role especially in its Continuing Medical Education activities and is presently the overseas coordinator on behalf of AIPNA of the annual International CME in Pathology held in India.