Positions

Overview

  • Dr. Al Diffalha is an American Board Certified Anatomic/Clinical pathologist. He completed his gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary and pancreas pathology fellowship training at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer center and Tampa General Hospital in Tampa FL 2016-2017 as well as general surgical pathology fellowship training at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center between 2015-2016 with breast focus. Dr. Al Diffalha achieved his residency training in Anatomic and clinical pathology at Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC) in Chicago, IL between 2011-2015. He had pathology training at University Of Damascus, Syria 2006-2011. He obtained his medical degree from University of Damascus, Syria 2006. Dr. Al Diffalha joined UAB in 2017.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2019 CDX-2 Expression in Esophageal Biopsies Without Goblet Cell Intestinal Metaplasia May Be Predictive of Barrett's Esophagus.Digestive Diseases and Sciences2019
    2019 MTHFD1L, A Folate Cycle Enzyme, Is Involved in Progression of Colorectal CancerTranslational Oncology.  12:1461-1467. 2019
    2019 Biological, medical, and other tissue variables affecting biospecimen utilizationBiopreservation and Biobanking.  17:259-263. 2019
    2019 The importance of human tissue bioresources in advancing biomedical researchBiopreservation and Biobanking.  17:209-212. 2019
    2019 The utilization of biospecimens: Impact of the choice of biobanking modelBiopreservation and Biobanking.  17:230-242. 2019
    2019 Analysis of the immune landscape of small bowel neuroendocrine tumorsEndocrine-Related Cancer.  26:119-130. 2019
    2019 Diffuse histology-proven mucinous cystic neoplasm of the pancreas: A case report and review of literatureInternational Journal of Surgery Case Reports.  64:123-127. 2019
    2018 Invasive Breast Carcinoma Tumor Size on Core Needle Biopsy: Analysis of Practice Patterns and Effect on Final Pathologic Tumor StageClinical Breast Cancer.  18:e1027-e1030. 2018
    2018 CD133 expression as a helicobacter pylori-independent biomarker of gastric cancer progressionAnticancer Research.  38:4443-4448. 2018
    2018 EGFR L861Q Mutation in a Metastatic Solid-pseudopapillary Neoplasm of the Pancreas.Cancer Genomics and Proteomics.  15:201-205. 2018
    2017 Symmetrical lipomatosis of tongue, misdiagnosed as primary amyloidosisHuman Pathology: Case Reports.  8:1-2. 2017
    2017 Immunohistochemistry in the workup of prostate biopsies: Frequency, variation and appropriateness of use among pathologists practicing at an academic centerAnnals of Diagnostic Pathology.  27:34-42. 2017
    2017 NUT midline carcinoma: A rare malignancyCancer Control : Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center.  24:202-206. 2017
    2017 Duodenal toxoplasmosis in a bone marrow transplant patient: A rare case reportHuman Pathology: Case Reports.  7:16-18. 2017
    2017 Rare case of combined small cell lung cancer with adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinomaHuman Pathology: Case Reports.  7:31-34. 2017
    2017 An isolated intestinal duplication cyst masquerading as a mucinous cystic neoplasm of the pancreas: A case report and review of the literatureInternational Journal of Surgery Case Reports.  39:208-211. 2017
    2016 Intratesticular adenomatoid tumor: A case report and review of the literatureHuman Pathology: Case Reports.  4:13-17. 2016
    2016 Use of Fluorodeoxyglucose-Positron Emission Tomography in the Diagnosis of Intravascular Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma.Federal practitioner : for the health care professionals of the VA, DoD, and PHS.  33:32S-36S. 2016
    2015 Cervical squamous cell carcinoma metastatic to pericardial fluid - Large cell balls masquerade as adenocarcinomaDiagnostic Cytopathology.  43:912-915. 2015

    Chapter

    Year Title Altmetric
    2016 Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) of the mediastinum and thymus.  141-151. 2016

    Research Overview

  • GI tract, Liver and pancreas.
  • Teaching Overview

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Pathology
    Teaching residents and fellows (2017-current)

    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Medicine, GI Division
    Teaching residents and fellows (2017-current)

    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Anatomic pathology
    Medical Student
    Teaching medical students in small group sessions

    Loyola University Medical Center (2011-2014)
    Stritch School of Medicine
    Teaching medical students in small group sessions and virtual microscopy

    Damascus University, Department of pathology (2007- 2010)
    Medical school
    Teaching medical students in small group sessions and virtual microscopy
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Damascus 2006
  • Loyola University Medical Center Pathology, Residency 2015
  • Damascus University, Residency 2011
  • H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center (MCC), Postdoctoral Fellowship 2017
  • H.Lee Moffitt Cancer Center (MCC), Postdoctoral Fellowship 2016
  • Full Name

  • Sameer Al Diffalha