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

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

Clinicopathologic study of 60 cases of urothelial neoplasms with inverted growth patterns: Reclassification by international consultation on urologic disease (ICUD) recommendations
Bang, H, Park, H, Park, S, Choi, E, Cho, MS, Sung, SH, Choi, SY, Cho, YM, Jeong, SU & Ro, J 2020, Annals of Diagnostic Pathology, vol. 44, 151433. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anndiagpath.2019.151433

Intraductal carcinoma of the prostate is an aggressive form of invasive carcinoma and should be graded
Samaratunga, H, Delahunt, B, Egevad, L, Srigley, JR, Billis, A, Bostwick, DG, Camparo, P, Cheng, L, Clouston, D, Denham, J, Furusato, B, Hartmann, A, Jufe, L, Kench, J, Kenwright, DN, Kristiansen, G, Leite, KRM, MacLennan, GT, Merrimen, J, Moch, H, Oxley, J, Pan, CC, Paner, G, Ro, J, Sesterhenn, IAM, Shanks, J, Thunders, M, Tsuzuki, T, Wheeler, T, Yaxley, JW & Varma, M 2020, Pathology, vol. 52, no. 2, pp. 192-196. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pathol.2019.11.001

“Doctor, I Just Can't Seem to Swallow!”
Thomas, AS, Ro, JY & Ergun, GA 2019, Gastroenterology, vol. 157, no. 4, pp. 938-939. https://doi.org/10.1053/j.gastro.2019.05.061

Neuroendocrine tumors of genitourinary tract: Recent advances
Shehabeldin, AN & Ro, J 2019, Annals of Diagnostic Pathology, vol. 42, pp. 48-58. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anndiagpath.2019.06.009

Monophasic epithelial synovial sarcoma initially diagnosed as metastatic adenocarcinoma of unknown primary
Baek, D, Barbieri, A, Ayala, A, Lee, KM, Ju, MJ & Ro, J 2019, Human Pathology: Case Reports, vol. 17, 200307. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hpcr.2019.200307

Micropapillary adenocarcinoma of lung: Morphological criteria and diagnostic reproducibility among pulmonary pathologists
Monroig-Bosque, PDC, Morales-Rosado, JA, Roden, AC, Churg, A, Barrios, R, Cagle, PT, Ge, Y, Allen, TC, Smith, ML, Larsen, BT, Sholl, LM, Beasley, MB, Borczuk, A, Raparia, K, Ayala, A, Tazelaar, HD, Miller, R, Kalhor, N, Moran, CA & Ro, J 2019, Annals of Diagnostic Pathology, vol. 41, pp. 43-50. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anndiagpath.2019.04.008

Controversial issues in Gleason and International Society of Urological Pathology (ISUP) prostate cancer grading: proposed recommendations for international implementation
Srigley, JR, Delahunt, B, Samaratunga, H, Billis, A, Cheng, L, Clouston, D, Evans, A, Furusato, B, Kench, J, Leite, K, MacLennan, G, Moch, H, Pan, CC, Rioux-Leclercq, N, Ro, J, Shanks, J, Shen, S, Tsuzuki, T, Varma, M, Wheeler, T, Yaxley, J & Egevad, L 2019, Pathology, vol. 51, no. 5, pp. 463-473. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pathol.2019.05.001

Crystal storing histiocytosis: Unusual clinical presentations in two patients
Tomsula, J, Meis, JM, Koy, RD, Monheit, J, Zieske, AW, Ro, J & Ayala, A 2019, Annals of Diagnostic Pathology, vol. 40, pp. 13-17. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anndiagpath.2019.01.003

Clear cell carcinoma of testis: A review
Lin, M, Awalt, H, Ayala, A & Ro, J 2019, Annals of Diagnostic Pathology, vol. 40, pp. 26-29. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anndiagpath.2019.03.002

Histologic diagnosis of renal mass biopsy
Shen, S & Ro, J 2019, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, vol. 143, no. 6, pp. 705-710. https://doi.org/10.5858/arpa.2018-0272-RA

Solitary fibrous tumor of breast with anaplastic areas (Malignant solitary fibrous tumor): A case report with review of literature
Jung Jung, M, Alrahwan, D, Dubrovsky, E, Baek, D, Ayala, A & Ro, J 2019, Journal of Breast Cancer, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 326-335. https://doi.org/10.4048/jbc.2019.22.e30

The 58th annual symposium of the Houston society of clinical pathologists
Guo, CC & Ro, J 2019, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, vol. 143, no. 5, pp. 548-549. https://doi.org/10.5858/arpa.2018-0236-ED

The t(1;10)(p22;q24) TGFBR3/MGEA5 translocation in pleomorphic hyalinizing angiectatic tumor, myxoinflammatory fibroblastic sarcoma, and hemosiderotic fibrolipomatous tumor
Liu, H, Sukov, WR & Ro, J 2019, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, vol. 143, no. 2, pp. 212-221. https://doi.org/10.5858/arpa.2017-0412-RA

Dedifferentiated gastrointestinal stromal tumor: Recent advances
Karakas, C, Christensen, P, Baek, D, Jung, M & Ro, J 2019, Annals of Diagnostic Pathology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anndiagpath.2018.12.005

Clinical presentation of ductal carcinoma in situ of breast with intraluminal crystalloids: Radiologic-histologic correlation
Jung, M, Maldonado, J, Schwartz, MR, Sneige, N, Ayala, A & Ro, J 2018, Annals of Diagnostic Pathology, vol. 37, pp. 42-46. https://doi.org/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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ehpc.2018.08.002

Cutaneous spindle cell neoplasms pattern-based: Diagnostic approach
Choi, JH & Ro, J 2018, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, vol. 142, no. 8, pp. 958-972. https://doi.org/10.5858/arpa.2018-0112-RA

Spectrum of Cribriform Proliferations of the Prostate: From Benign to Malignant
Lee, TK & Ro, J 2018, Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine, vol. 142, no. 8, pp. 938-946. https://doi.org/10.5858/arpa.2018-0005-RA

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, J 2018, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, vol. 142, no. 7, pp. 801-803. https://doi.org/10.5858/arpa.2018-0114-ED

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