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

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    2019 Biological, medical, and other tissue variables affecting biospecimen utilization 2019
    2019 The importance of human tissue bioresources in advancing biomedical research 2019
    2019 The utilization of biospecimens: Impact of the choice of biobanking model 2019
    2019 Analysis of the immune landscape of small bowel neuroendocrine tumors 2019
    2018 Invasive Breast Carcinoma Tumor Size on Core Needle Biopsy: Analysis of Practice Patterns and Effect on Final Pathologic Tumor Stage 2018
    2018 CD133 expression as a helicobacter pylori-independent biomarker of gastric cancer progression 2018
    2018 EGFR L861Q Mutation in a Metastatic Solid-pseudopapillary Neoplasm of the Pancreas. 2018
    2017 Immunohistochemistry in the workup of prostate biopsies: Frequency, variation and appropriateness of use among pathologists practicing at an academic center 2017
    2017 NUT midline carcinoma: A rare malignancy 2017
    2017 Duodenal toxoplasmosis in a bone marrow transplant patient: A rare case report 2017
    2017 Rare case of combined small cell lung cancer with adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma 2017
    2017 An isolated intestinal duplication cyst masquerading as a mucinous cystic neoplasm of the pancreas: A case report and review of the literature 2017
    2016 Intratesticular adenomatoid tumor: A case report and review of the literature 2016
    2016 Use of Fluorodeoxyglucose-Positron Emission Tomography in the Diagnosis of Intravascular Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma. 2016
    2015 Cervical squamous cell carcinoma metastatic to pericardial fluid - Large cell balls masquerade as adenocarcinoma 2015
    1970 Symmetrical lipomatosis of tongue, misdiagnosed as primary amyloidosis 1970

    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

  • 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