Positions

Overview

  • Dr. Al Diffalha is the Medical Director of UAB Tissue Biorepository (UAB-TBR) and The Director Of GI Pathology Fellowship. 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.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2020 Alcohol and Liver Clock Disruption Increase Small Droplet Macrosteatosis, Alter Lipid Metabolism and Clock Gene mRNA Rhythms, and Remodel the Triglyceride Lipidome in Mouse LiverFrontiers in Physiology.  11. 2020
    2020 CDX-2 Expression in Esophageal Biopsies Without Goblet Cell Intestinal Metaplasia May Be Predictive of Barrett’s EsophagusDigestive Diseases and Sciences.  65:1992-1998. 2020
    2020 PAICS, a purine nucleotide metabolic enzyme, is involved in tumor growth and the metastasis of colorectal cancerCancers.  12. 2020
    2020 Targeting P4HA1 with a Small Molecule Inhibitor in a Colorectal Cancer PDX ModelTranslational Oncology.  13. 2020
    2020 A Surprising Find on Screening Colonoscopy.Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology2020
    2020 TRIP13 promotes metastasis of colorectal cancer regardless of p53 and microsatellite instability statusMolecular Oncology2020
    2019 MTHFD1L, A Folate Cycle Enzyme, Is Involved in Progression of Colorectal CancerTranslational Oncology.  12:1461-1467. 2019
    2019 Disparities in clinical outcomes across age, sex and race among patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma: a single center experienceAnnals of Oncology.  30:iv64. 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 progression 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
    Cirrhotomimetic hepatocellular carcinoma: experience of a single institution and review of the literature

    Chapter

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

    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 Pathology, Residency 2011
  • H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center (MCC) Pathology, Postdoctoral Fellowship 2017
  • H.Lee Moffitt Cancer Center (MCC) Pathology, Postdoctoral Fellowship 2016
  • Full Name

  • Sameer Al Diffalha