Jae Ro, MD, PhD

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


After completing his fellowship at MD Anderson in the Department of Pathology; in 1985, he was named instructor in that department, and he was promoted to assistant professor, associate professor, and professor over the following 7 years. Dr. Ro left M. D. Anderson in 1998 to become Chairman and Director of the Department of Pathology at the Asan Medical Center, Ulsan University, Seoul, Korea, but returned the next year, assuming his past duties as Co-director of the Fellowship Training Program and Chief of Pulmonary and Mediastinal Pathology at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. He retired from MD Anderson in October 2001 and returned to the Asan Medical Center as a Chairman and Director of the Department of Pathology until he joined Houston Methodist Hospital in March, 2005.

Dr. Ro has served on many professional organizations, including the Korean-American Society of Pathology (for which he was chairman from 1996 to 1998), Korean Society of Pathology (for which he was vice-president from 2004-2005), American Society of Clinical Pathologists, College of American Pathologists, International Academy of Pathology and United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology. Dr. Ro has published over 500 papers in the highest quality peer reviewed journals and presented more than 400 abstracts at national and international scientific meetings. He also published one textbook and more than 20 book chapters and teaching manuals. He has served as a guest lecturer in the United States and abroad.

Description of Research

Dr. Ro’s main research interests include studies on the pathogenesis of genitourinary and lung tumors including prevention and the identification of prognostic factors. For these purposes, molecular and tissue microarray techniques have been used. These studies are primarily translational research, as his findings are based on surgical specimens submitted to Houston Methodist Hospital.

Areas Of Expertise

Diagnosis Genitourinary Lung, cancer Prognostic factors
Education & Training

Clinical Fellowship, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Residency, Case Western Reserve University
PhD, Medical College, Yonsei University, Seoul
MS, Medical College, Yonsei University, Seoul
MD, Medical College, Yonsei University, Seoul

Clinical presentation of ductal carcinoma in situ of breast with intraluminal crystalloids: Radiologic-histologic correlation
Jung, M, Maldonado, J, Schwartz, MR, Sneige, N, Ayala, AG & Ro, JY 2018, Annals of Diagnostic Pathology, vol. 37, pp. 42-46. DOI: 10.1016/j.anndiagpath.2018.09.001

Gastric mucinous carcinoma with micropapillary carcinoma component: Case report of tumor morphology not previously described in stomach
El-Zaatari, ZM, Schwartz, MR, Ayala, AG & Ro, JY 2018, Human Pathology: Case Reports, vol. 14, pp. 65-68. DOI: 10.1016/j.ehpc.2018.08.002

The 16th spring seminar of the Korean pathologists association of North America: Critical review and appraisal of recently described entities and classifications
Yi, ES, Lee, EY & Ro, JY 2018, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, vol. 142, no. 7, pp. 801-803. DOI: 10.5858/arpa.2018-0114-ED

Clear cell hidradenoma in a patient with previous glycogen rich clear cell carcinoma of the breast: Diagnostic pitfalls and pearls
Moyer, AB, Duhon, DJ, Schwartz, MR, Ro, JY & Miller, RA 2018, Human Pathology: Case Reports, vol. 12, pp. 32-35. DOI: 10.1016/j.ehpc.2018.01.005

Intraductal tubulopapillary neoplasm of the pancreas an overview
Kim, H & Ro, JY 2018, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, vol. 142, no. 3, pp. 420-423. DOI: 10.5858/arpa.2016-0405-RSR2

Thymoma: a clinicopathological correlation of 1470 cases
Weissferdt, A, Kalhor, N, Bishop, JA, Jang, SJ, Ro, J, Petersson, F, Wu, B, Langman, G, Bancroft, H, Bi, Y, Meng, Y, Medeiros, F, Brunnstrom, H, Spagnolo, D, Chai, SM, Laycock, A, Wakely, PE, Elmberger, G, Soares, FA, Campos, AH, Gumurdulu, D, Alvarado-Cabrero, I, Coppola, D, Correa, AM, Rice, D, Mehran, RJ, Sepesi, B, Walsh, G, Kaiser, L & Moran, CA 2018, Human pathology, vol. 73, pp. 7-15. DOI: 10.1016/j.humpath.2017.08.018

Flat epithelial atypia in directional vacuum-assisted biopsy of breast microcalcifications: surgical excision may not be necessary
McCroskey, Z, Sneige, N, Herman, CR, Miller, RA, Venta, LA, Ro, JY, Schwartz, MR & Ayala, AG 2018, Modern Pathology, pp. 1-10. DOI: 10.1038/s41379-018-0035-5

Level of invasion into fibromuscular band is an independent factor for positive surgical margin and biochemical recurrence in men with organ confined prostate cancer
Kim, A, Kim, M, Jeong, SU, Song, C, Cho, YM, Ro, JY & Ahn, H 2018, BMC Urology, vol. 18, no. 1, 7. DOI: 10.1186/s12894-018-0321-z

Spheroid-type of AL amyloid deposition associated with colonic adenocarcinoma: A case report with literature review
Kim, MJ, McCroskey, Z, Piao, Y, Belcheva, A, Truong, L, Kurtin, PJ & Ro, JY 2018, Pathology International, vol. 68, no. 2, pp. 123-127. DOI: 10.1111/pin.12618

Renal collision tumor composed of oncocytoma and mucinous tubular and spindle cell carcinoma: case report of an unprecedented entity
Arora, K, Miller, R, Mullick, S, Shen, S, Ayala, AG & Ro, JY 2018, Human pathology, vol. 71, pp. 60-64. DOI: 10.1016/j.humpath.2017.08.012

Sarcoid-like granulomas in renal cell carcinoma: The Houston Methodist Hospital experience
Arora, K, Divatia, MK, Truong, L, Shen, SS, Ayala, AG & Ro, JY 2017, Annals of Diagnostic Pathology, vol. 31, pp. 62-65. DOI: 10.1016/j.anndiagpath.2017.07.003

Prostatic adenocarcinoma in the setting of persistent müllerian duct syndrome: a case report
McCroskey, Z, Koen, TM, Lim, DJ, Divatia, MK, Shen, SS, Ayala, AG & Ro, JY 2018, Human pathology, vol. 75, pp. 125-131. DOI: 10.1016/j.humpath.2017.10.033

Development of Response Classifier for Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Receptor (VEGFR)-Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor (TKI) in Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma
Go, H, Kang, MJ, Kim, PJ, Lee, JL, Park, JY, Park, JM, Ro, JY & Cho, YM 2017, Pathology and Oncology Research, pp. 1-8. DOI: 10.1007/s12253-017-0323-2

Primary collision tumors of the kidney composed of oncocytoma and papillary renal cell carcinoma: A review
McCroskey, Z, Sim, SJ, Selzman, AA, Ayala, AG & Ro, JY 2017, Annals of Diagnostic Pathology, vol. 29, pp. 32-36. DOI: 10.1016/j.anndiagpath.2017.04.011

Recent updates on grading and classification of neuroendocrine tumors
Kim, JY, Hong, SM & Ro, JY 2017, Annals of Diagnostic Pathology, vol. 29, pp. 11-16. DOI: 10.1016/j.anndiagpath.2017.04.005

Level of mitoses in non-muscle invasive papillary urothelial carcinomas (pTa and pT1) at initial bladder biopsy is a simple and powerful predictor of clinical outcome: A multi-center study in South Korea
Kwon, JE, Cho, NH, Choi, YJ, Lim, SD, Cho, YM, Jun, SY, Park, S, Kim, YA, Kim, SS, Choe, MS, Lee, JD, Kang, DY, Ro, JY & Kim, HJ 2017, Diagnostic Pathology, vol. 12, no. 1, 54. DOI: 10.1186/s13000-017-0639-y

Clinicopathologic characteristics and mutational status of succinate dehydrogenase genes in paraganglioma of the urinary bladder: A multi-institutional Korean study
Park, S, Kang, SY, Kwon, GY, Kwon, JE, Kim, SK, Kim, JY, Kim, CH, Kim, HJ, Moon, KC, Pyo, JY, Park, WY, Park, ES, Sung, JY, Sung, SH, Oh, YH, Lee, SE, Lee, W, Lee, JI, Cho, NH, Jung, SJ, Cho, MS, Cho, YM, Cho, HY, Cha, EJ, Chae, YS, Choe, G, Choi, YJ, Huh, J & Ro, JY 2017, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, vol. 141, no. 5, pp. 671-677. DOI: 10.5858/arpa.2016-0403-OA

Prognostic value of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), VEGF receptor 2, platelet-derived growth factor-ß (PDGF-ß), and PDGF-ß receptor expression in papillary renal cell carcinoma
Kim, M, Sohn, M, Shim, M, Choi, SK, Park, M, Kim, E, Go, H, Park, Y, Cho, YM, Ro, JY, Jeong, IG, Song, C, Hong, JH, Kim, CS & Ahn, H 2017, Human pathology, vol. 61, pp. 78-89. DOI: 10.1016/j.humpath.2016.12.002

Clinicopathologic and molecular pathology of collecting duct carcinoma and related renal cell carcinomas
Seo, AN, Yoon, G & Ro, JY 2017, Advances in anatomic pathology, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 65-77. DOI: 10.1097/PAP.0000000000000138

Prognostic Significance of Macroscopic Appearance in Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma and Its Metastasis-Predicting Model
Jeong, SU, Park, JM, Shin, SJ, Lee, J, Song, C, Go, H, Cho, NH, Ro, JY & Cho, YM 2017, Pathology International. DOI: 10.1111/pin.12606