Jae Ro, MD, PhD

Professor of Pathology and Genomic Medicine, Academic Institute
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

Pleomorphic giant cell carcinoma of prostate: Rare tumor with unique clinicopathological, immunohistochemical, and molecular features
El-Zaatari, ZM, Thomas, JS, Divatia, MK, Shen, SS, Ayala, AG, Monroig-Bosque, P, Shehabeldin, A & Ro, JY 2021, , Annals of Diagnostic Pathology, vol. 52, 151719. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anndiagpath.2021.151719

Extranodal Rosai-Dorfman disease involving soft tissue associated with increased IgG4 plasma cells
Thomas, KD, Delahoussaye, P, Schwartz, MR, Ayala, AG & Ro, JY 2021, , Human Pathology: Case Reports, vol. 24, 200488. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ehpc.2021.200488

Cribriform prostate cancer: Morphologic criteria enabling a diagnosis, based on survey of experts
Iczkowski, KA, van Leenders, GJLH, Tarima, S, Wu, R, Van der Kwast, T, Berney, DM, Evans, AJ, Wheeler, TM, Ro, JY, Samaratunga, H, Delahunt, B, Srigley, J, Varma, M, Tsuzuki, T & Egevad, L 2021, , Annals of Diagnostic Pathology, vol. 52, 151733. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anndiagpath.2021.151733

Leiomyoma of digit of hand: Report of three cases with literature review
Thomas, KD, Ro, JY & Ayala, AG 2021, , Annals of Diagnostic Pathology, vol. 50, 151669. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anndiagpath.2020.151669

Pathogenesis and diagnosis of genitourinary cancer
Guo, CC, Shen, SS & Ro, JY 2021, , Cancers, vol. 13, no. 2, 347, pp. 1-3. https://doi.org/10.3390/cancers13020347

The 2020 WHO Classification of Tumors of Soft Tissue: Selected Changes and New Entities
Choi, JH & Ro, JY 2021, , Advances in Anatomic Pathology, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 44-58. https://doi.org/10.1097/PAP.0000000000000284

Diagnostic approach in TFE3-rearranged renal cell carcinoma: A multi-institutional international survey
Akgul, M, Williamson, SR, Ertoy, DI, Argani, P, Gupta, S, Caliò, A, Reuter, V, Tickoo, S, Al-Ahmadie, HA, Netto, GJ, Hes, O, Hirsch, MS, Delahunt, B, Mehra, R, Skala, S, Osunkoya, AO, Harik, L, Rao, P, Sangoi, AR, Nourieh, M, Zynger, DL, Smith, SC, Nazeer, T, Gumuskaya, B, Kulac, I, Khani, F, Tretiakova, MS, Vakar-Lopez, F, Barkan, G, Molinié, V, Verkarre, V, Rao, Q, Kis, L, Panizo, A, Farzaneh, T, Magers, MJ, Sanfrancesco, J, Perrino, C, Gondim, DI, Araneta, R, So, JS, Ro, JY, Wasco, M, Hameed, O, Lopez-Beltran, A, Samaratunga, H, Wobker, SE, Melamed, J, Cheng, L & Idrees, MT 2021, , Journal of Clinical Pathology, vol. 74, no. 5, pp. 291-299. https://doi.org/10.1136/jclinpath-2020-207372

The 2020 WHO Classification of Tumors of Bone: An Updated Review
Choi, JH & Ro, JY 2021, , Advances in Anatomic Pathology, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 119-138. https://doi.org/10.1097/PAP.0000000000000293

Osseous metaplasia in hemangiomas of the breast: Case reports and literature review
Duhon, DJ, Anton, CR, Ro, JY, Venta, LA, Anton, RC & Schwartz, MR 2021, , Journal of Breast Cancer, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 229-234. https://doi.org/10.4048/jbc.2021.24.e7

Mesenchymal Tumors of the Mediastinum: An Update on Diagnostic Approach
Choi, JH & Ro, JY 2021, , Advances in Anatomic Pathology, vol. 28, no. 5, pp. 351-381. https://doi.org/10.1097/PAP.0000000000000306

Mediastinal neuroblastoma, ganglioneuroblastoma, and ganglioneuroma: Pathology review and diagnostic approach
Choi, JH & Ro, JY 2021, , Seminars in Diagnostic Pathology. https://doi.org/10.1053/j.semdp.2021.06.007

Seminal vesicle invasion combined with extraprostatic extension is associated with higher frequency of biochemical recurrence and lymph node metastasis than seminal vesicle invasion alone: Proposal for further pT3 prostate cancer subclassification
Rehman, A, El-Zaatari, ZM, Han, SH, Shen, SS, Ayala, AG, Miles, B, Divatia, MK, Ketcham, MS, Chung, BM, Rogers, JT & Ro, JY 2020, , Annals of Diagnostic Pathology, vol. 49, 151611. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anndiagpath.2020.151611

Leiomyoadenomatoid Tumor of Epididymis: A Variant of Adenomatoid Tumor
Shehabeldin, A, Al Sannaa, G, El-Zaateri, Z, Andino, L, Schmolze, D, Chapman, D, Ayala, A & Ro, JY 2020, , Annals of clinical and laboratory science, vol. 50, no. 6, pp. 813-817.

Paratesticular clear cell carcinoma of müllerian origin—A case report
Warmke, L, Vining, D, Ward, J, Lin, M, Ro, JY & Zhang, M 2020, , Human Pathology: Case Reports, vol. 21, 200401. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ehpc.2020.200401

Retroperitoneal Sarcomas: An Update on the Diagnostic Pathology Approach
Choi, JH & Ro, JY 2020, , Diagnostics, vol. 10, no. 9, 642. https://doi.org/10.3390/diagnostics10090642

Lesions of anogenital mammary-like glands: Four cases including novel pathologic and immunohistochemical observations
Arora, K, El-Zaatari, ZM, Schwartz, MR & Ro, JY 2020, , Annals of Diagnostic Pathology, vol. 47, 151551. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anndiagpath.2020.151551

Granular necrosis: a distinctive form of cell death in malignant tumours
Samaratunga, H, Delahunt, B, Srigley, JR, Berney, DM, Cheng, L, Evans, A, Furusato, B, Leite, KRM, MacLennan, GT, Martignoni, G, Moch, H, Pan, CC, Paner, G, Ro, J, Thunders, M, Tsuzuki, T, Wheeler, T, van der Kwast, T, Varma, M, Williamson, SR, Yaxley, JW & Egevad, L 2020, , Pathology, vol. 52, no. 5, pp. 507-514. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pathol.2020.06.002

Plasmacytoid variant urothelial carcinoma of the bladder: A systematic review and meta-analysis of clinicopathological features and survival outcomes
Kim, DK, Kim, JW, Ro, JY, Lee, HS, Park, JY, Ahn, HK, Lee, JY & Cho, KS 2020, , Journal of Urology, vol. 204, no. 2, pp. 215-223. https://doi.org/10.1097/JU.0000000000000794

Reporting practices and resource utilization in the era of intraductal carcinoma of the prostate: A survey of genitourinary subspecialists
Gandhi, JS, Smith, SC, Paner, GP, McKenney, JK, Sekhri, R, Osunkoya, AO, Baras, AS, Demarzo, AM, Cheville, JC, Jimenez, RE, Trpkov, K, Colecchia, M, Ro, JY, Montironi, R, Menon, S, Hes, O, Williamson, SR, Hirsch, MS, Netto, GJ, Fine, SW, Sirohi, D, Kaushal, S, Sangoi, A, Robinson, BD, Kweldam, CF, Humphrey, PA, Hansel, DE, Schultz, L, Magi-Galluzzi, C, Przybycin, CG, Shah, RB, Mehra, R, Kunju, LP, Aron, M, Kryvenko, ON, Kench, JG, Kuroda, N, Tavora, F, Van Der Kwast, T, Grignon, DJ, Epstein, JI, Reuter, VE & Amin, MB 2020, , American Journal of Surgical Pathology, vol. 44, no. 5, pp. 673-680. https://doi.org/10.1097/PAS.0000000000001417

Cardiac paragangliomas: A case series with clinicopathologic features and succinate dehydrogenase B immunostaining
Alakeel, F, Al Sannaa, G, Ibarra-Cortez, SH, Reardon, MJ, Czerniak, B, Chan, EY & Ro, J 2020, , Annals of Diagnostic Pathology, vol. 45, 151477. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anndiagpath.2020.151477