Dina R. Mody, MD

Professor of Pathology and Genomic Medicine, Institute for Academic Medicine
Full Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


After completing her postdoctoral training, Dr. Mody joined the faculty at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas as an Instructor of Pathology in 1984. She received her full professorship there in 2000, and held the Ibrahim Ramzy Endowed Chair. In 2007-2008, Dr. Mody served as President of the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC). She has given numerous workshops, teleconferences, symposia and lectures at its national meetings. She has also served on the ASC Executive Board, Chaired the Scientific Program Committee and chaired the Quality Assurance Committee. She co-chaired the Practice Guidelines Committee, which developed the Cervical Cytology Practice Guidelines for which she received the President’s Award of the ASC in 1999. In 2002, she received the Lansky Award of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) for her leadership role in cytology, and has served as Chair of the CAP Cytopathology Resource Committee. From 2004-08, Dr. Mody was appointed to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC) of the CDC, where she served as an advisor on cytology issues to the CDC and CMS. Previous leadership positions include President of the Texas Society of Cytology, and Chair of Scientific Program of the Houston Society of Clinical Pathologists. In 2014 she published an 800+ page text book: Diagnostic Pathology Cytopathology. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology.

Description of Research

Dr. Mody’s previous research interests have been in the area of glandular lesions in cervicovaginal cytology and pathology, as well as bone and soft tissue cytology and pathology. Her early papers on tissue and bone reactions to implants were instrumental to the defense when reactions to breast implants were the subject of major litigation in the United States. Dr. Mody’s current research focuses on the application of HPV testing and genotyping in low- and high-risk populations, application of new imaging modalities to diagnostic cytopathology, and immunohistochemical and molecular testing in cytology.

Areas Of Expertise

Bone cytology Soft tissue cytology Pathology HPV Genotyping Fine needle aspiration cytology Gynecologic, bone, and soft tissue cytology HPV testing and genotyping
Education & Training

Residency , Baylor College of Medicine
Internship , K.E.M. Hospital
MD , Bombay University, Seth GS Medical College

Performance of Aptima and Cobas HPV testing platforms in detecting high-grade cervical dysplasia and cancer
Ge, Y, Christensen, P, Luna, E, Armylagos, D, Schwartz, MR & Mody, DR 2017, Cancer Cytopathology. DOI: 10.1002/cncy.21875

Cervical biopsy rates before and after the introduction of human papillomavirus type reporting in co-tests with negative cytology
Ruff, H, Mody, D, Luna, E, Armylagos, D & Thrall, MJ 2017, Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasc.2017.06.005

Aberrant staining with Grocott's methenamine silver: Utility beyond fungal organisms
Wright, AM, Mody, DR, Anton, RC & Schwartz, MR 2017, Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasc.2017.05.004

Clinical performance of the Food and Drug Administration-Approved high-risk HPV test for the detection of high-grade cervicovaginal lesions
Zhou, H, Mody, RR, Luna, E, Armylagos, D, Xu, J, Schwartz, MR, Mody, DR & Ge, Y 2016, Cancer Cytopathology, vol 124, no. 5, pp. 317-323. DOI: 10.1002/cncy.21687

Next-generation sequencing of a cohort of pulmonary large cell carcinomas reclassified by world health organization 2015 criteria
Driver, BR, Portier, BP, Mody, DR, Deavers, M, Bernicker, EH, Kim, MP, Teh, BS, Santacruz, JF, Kopas, L, Munden, RF & Cagle, PT 2016, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, vol 140, no. 4, pp. 312-317. DOI: 10.5858/arpa.2015-0361-OA

Multiple Human Papilloma Virus Infections and Their Impact on the Development of High-Risk Cervical Lesions
Salazar, KL, Zhou, HS, Xu, J, Peterson, LE, Schwartz, MR, Mody, DR & Ge, Y 2015, Acta Cytologica, vol 59, no. 5, pp. 391-398. DOI: 10.1159/000442512

Glandular lesions of the cervix in clinical practice: A cytology, histology, and human papillomavirus correlation study from 2 institutions
Miller, RA , Mody, DR, Tams, KC & Thrall, MJ 2015, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, vol 139, no. 11, pp. 1431-1436. DOI: 10.5858/arpa.2014-0633-OA

Non-16/18 high-risk HPV infection predicts disease persistence and progression in women with an initial interpretation of LSIL
Lyons, YA, Kamat, AA, Zhou, H, Mody, DR, Schwartz, MR, Hobday, C & Ge, Y 2015, Cancer Cytopathology, vol 123, no. 7, pp. 435-442. DOI: 10.1002/cncy.21549

Squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix A: Cytology-histology-human papillomavirus correlation in clinical practice
Miller, RA, Waters, LL, Mody, DR & Tams, KC 2015, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, vol 139, no. 6, pp. 776-781. DOI: 10.5858/arpa.2014-0202-OA

FNA needle rinses preserved in Cytolyt are acceptable specimen type for mutation testing of thyroid nodules
Zhou, H, Mody, DR, Smith, D, Lloyd, MB, Kemppainen, J, Houghton, J, Wylie, D, Szafranska-Schwarzbach, AE & Takei, H 2015, Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology, vol 4, no. 3, pp. 128-135. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasc.2015.01.001

The clinical impact of including pictures in Papanicolaou test reports
Thrall, MJ, Janssen, BL & Mody, DR 2015, Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology, vol 4, no. 3, pp. 122-127. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasc.2014.11.004

Diagnostic accuracy of fine-needle aspiration cytology of salivary gland lesions: A 6-year retrospective review
Consamus, EN, Smith, D, Pina Oviedo, S, Mody, DR & Takei, H 2015, Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology, vol 4, no. 2, pp. 63-73. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasc.2014.11.003

Common causes for unsatisfactory Pap tests in ahigh-risk population: Insights into a yet unresolved problem in gynecologic cytology
Quiroga-Garza, G, Satrum, LS, Trujillo, CJ, Mody, DR & Ge, Y 2014, Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology, vol 3, no. 5, pp. 256-260. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasc.2014.05.003

In reply
Wright, AM, Mody, D & Coffey, DM 2014, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, vol 138, no. 3, pp. 300-301. DOI: 10.5858/arpa.2013-0478-LE

Genotype-specific prevalence and distribution of human papillomavirus genotypes in underserved Latino women with abnormal Papanicolaou tests
Zhou, H, Mody, DR, Schwartz, MR, Coffey, DM, Smith, D, Zwain, OA, Kamarapu, NP, Brown, JB, Medina, M, Hodgson, SR, Hobday, CD & Ge, Y 2014, Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology, vol 3, no. 1, pp. 42-48. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasc.2013.06.001

PAX2 and PAX8: Useful markers for metastatic effusions
Waters, L, Crumley, S, Truong, L, Mody, D & Coffey, D 2014, Acta Cytologica, vol 58, no. 1, pp. 60-66. DOI: 10.1159/000356426

Detection of malignancy in body fluids: A comparison of the hematology and cytology laboratories
Jerz, JL, Donohue, RE, Mody, RR, Schwartz, MR, Mody, DR & Zieske, AW 2014, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, vol 138, no. 5, pp. 651-657. DOI: 10.5858/arpa.2013-0295-OA

Comparison between cytologic examination of fungi in bronchial washings and bronchoalveolar lavage specimens and culture: A review of 100 cases with emphasis on diagnostic pitfalls
Crumley, S, Hull, A, Cernoch, P, Mody, D & Sneige, N 2014, Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology, vol 3, no. 4, pp. 211-217. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasc.2014.03.002

Secondary tumors of the pancreas diagnosed by endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration: A 10-year experience
Waters, L, Si, Q, Caraway, N, Mody, D, Staerkel, G & Sneige, N 2014, Diagnostic Cytopathology, vol 42, no. 9, pp. 738-743. DOI: 10.1002/dc.23114

Determination of HER2/neu status: A pilot study comparing HER2/neu dual in situ hybridization DNA probe cocktail assay performed on cell blocks to immunohistochemisty and fluorescence in situ hybridization performed on histologic specimens
Hartman, AK, Gorman, BK, Chakraborty, S, Mody, DR & Schwartz, MR 2014, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, vol 138, no. 4, pp. 553-558. DOI: 10.5858/arpa.2013-0314-SA