Suzanne Zein-Eldin Powell, MD

Professor of Pathology and Genomic Medicine, Institute for Academic Medicine
Full Member, Research Institute
Program Director, Anatomic & Clinical Residency and Neuropathology Residency, Department of Pathology & Genomic Medicine
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


In addition to serving as Professor of Pathology & Genomic Medicine with Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Texas A & M University, Dr. Suzanne Powell directs the Pathology residency program at Houston Methodist Hospital. Her previous teaching experience has included ranks as assistant professorship at the University of Florida and Baylor College of Medicine, where she received the Outstanding Resident Teaching Award in Anatomic Pathology. Active in pathology research, Dr. Powell is the Co-Director (with Greg N. Fuller, MD, PhD, at MD Anderson) of the Houston Methodist/MD Anderson Neuropathology Fellowship Program which also includes activities at Texas Children's Hospital, Ben Taub General Hospital, and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. J. Clay Goodman serves as the site Director for the BCM activities of the fellowship program. She has served as Chair of PRODS Council and the Residency Review Committee for Pathology of the ACGME, as a member of the working groups for the development of Milestones for Pathology and most recently for Milestones in Neuropathology. She was recently appointed as member of the Neuropathology Test Development Committee of the American Board of Pathology and is a member of the United States and Canadian Academy (USCAP) Board of Directors.

Description of Research

Dr. Powell's area of expertise is neuropathology. Her research interests are clinically based, and focus on dementia and neurodegenerative disease. She serves as the diagnostic neuropathologist for the Baylor College of Medicine Alzheimer´s Disease Center.

Areas Of Expertise

Dementia Brain tumors Alzheimer's Disease
Education & Training

Clinical Fellowship, University of Florida
Residency, University of Florida
MD, West Virginia University School of Medicine

The recent pathology residency graduate job search experience a synthesis of 5 years of college of American pathologists job market surveys
Gratzinger, D, Johnson, KA, Brissette, MD, Cohen, D, Rojiani, AM, Conran, RM, Hoffman, RD, Post, MD, McCloskey, CB, Roberts, CA, Domen, RE, Talbert, ML & Powell, SZ 2018, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, vol 142, no. 4, pp. 490-495. DOI: 10.5858/arpa.2017-0207-CP

Creutzfeldt astrocytes may be seen in IDH-wildtype glioblastoma and retain expression of DNA repair and chromatin binding proteins
Ballester, LY, Boghani, Z, Baskin, DS, Britz, GW, Olsen, R, Fuller, GN, Powell, SZ & Cykowski, MD 2018, Brain Pathology. DOI: 10.1111/bpa.12604

Recurrent Cerebral Hemorrhage in Normal Pregnancy Secondary to Mycotic Pseudoaneurysms Related to Choriocarcinoma
Yeo, CJJ, Britz, GW, Powell, SZ, Smith, RG & Zhang, YJ 2018, World Neurosurgery, vol 109, pp. 247-250. DOI: 10.1016/j.wneu.2017.09.187

Central Nervous System, Pituitary Gland, and Pineal Gland
Goodman, JC & Powell, SZ-E 2018, . in I Ramzy, D Mody & R Laucirica (eds), Clinical Cytopathology: Fundamental Principles and Practice. 3rd edn, McGraw Hill Education, pp. 55-72.

Perceptions of unprofessional attitudes and behaviors implications for faculty role modeling and teaching professionalism during pathology residency
Brissette, MD, Johnson, KA, Raciti, PM, McCloskey, CB, Gratzinger, DA, Conran, RM, Domen, RE, Hoffman, RD, Post, MD, Roberts, CA, Rojiani, AM & Powell, SZE 2017, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, vol 141, no. 10, pp. 1394-1401. DOI: 10.5858/arpa.2016-0477-CP

Hippocampal sclerosis in older patients practical examples and guidance with a focus on cerebral age-related TDP-43 with sclerosis
Cykowski, MD, Powell, SZ, Schulz, PE, Takei, H, Rivera, AL, Jackson, RE, Roman, G, Jicha, GA & Nelson, PT 2017, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, vol 141, no. 8, pp. 1113-1126. DOI: 10.5858/arpa.2016-0469-SA

HER2-specific chimeric antigen receptor–modified virus-specific T cells for progressive glioblastoma: A phase 1 dose-escalation trial
Ahmed, N, Brawley, V, Hegde, M, Bielamowicz, K, Kalra, M, Landi, D, Robertson, C, Gray, TL, Diouf, O, Wakefield, A, Ghazi, A, Gerken, C, Yi, Z, Ashoori, A, Wu, MF, Liu, H, Rooney, C, Dotti, G, Gee, A, Su, J, Kew, Y, Baskin, D, Zhang, YJ, New, P, Grilley, B, Stojakovic, M, Hicks, J, Powell, SZ, Brenner, MK, Heslop, HE, Grossman, R, Wels, WS & Gottschalk, S 2017, JAMA Oncology, vol 3, no. 8, pp. 1094-1101. DOI: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2017.0184

Clinical Significance of TDP-43 Neuropathology in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Cykowski, MD, Powell, SZ, Peterson, LE, Appel, JW, Rivera, AL, Takei, H, Chang, E & Appel, SH 2017, Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology, vol 76, no. 5, pp. 402-413. DOI: 10.1093/jnen/nlx025

Educational endeavors: Contributions from leaders in our community
Powell, SZ 2017, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, vol 141, no. 2, pp. 191-192. DOI: 10.5858/arpa.2016-0333-ED

Professionalism in pathology: A case-based approach as a potential educational tool
Domen, RE, Johnson, K, Conran, RM, Hoffman, RD, Post, MD, Steinberg, JJ, Brissette, MD, Gratzinger, DA, McCloskey, CB, Raciti, PM, Roberts, CA, Rojiani, AM & Powell, SZ 2017, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, vol 141, no. 2, pp. 215-219. DOI: 10.5858/arpa.2016-0217-CP

Attitudes and beliefs of pathology residents regarding the subspecialty of clinical chemistry: Results of a survey
Haidari, M, Yared, M, Olano, JP, Alexander, CB & Powell, SZ 2017, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, vol 141, no. 2, pp. 203-208. DOI: 10.5858/arpa.2015-0547-OA

Employer expectations for newly trained pathologists: Report of a survey from the graduate medical education committee of the college of American pathologists
Post, MD, Johnson, K, Brissette, MD, Conran, RM, Domen, RE, Hoffman, RD, McCloskey, CB, Raciti, PM, Roberts, CA, Rojiani, AM, Tucker, JA & Powell, SZ 2017, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, vol 141, no. 2, pp. 193-202. DOI: 10.5858/arpa.2015-0138-CP An Open Source, Whole Slide Image-based Pathology Education System
Christensen, PA, Lee, NE, Thrall, MJ, Powell, SZ, Chevez-Barrios, P & Long, SW 2017, Journal of Pathology Informatics, vol 8, no. 10, pp. 10. DOI: 10.4103/jpi.jpi_72_16

Retrospective analysis of molecular and immunohistochemical characterization of 381 primary brain tumors
Ballester, LY, Fuller, GN, Powell, SZ, Sulman, EP, Patel, KP, Luthra, R & Routbort, MJ 2017, Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology, vol 76, no. 3, pp. 179-188. DOI: 10.1093/jnen/nlw119

Epithelial and organ-related marker expression in pituitary adenomas
Cykowski, MD, Takei, H, Baskin, DS, Rivera, AL & Powell, SZ 2016, Neuropathology, vol 36, no. 4, pp. 354-364. DOI: 10.1111/neup.12284

Hippocampal sclerosis but not normal aging or Alzheimer disease is associated with TDP-43 pathology in the basal forebrain of aged persons
Cykowski, MD, Takei, H, Van Eldik, LJ, Schmitt, FA, Jicha, GA, Powell, SZ & Nelson, PT 2016, Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology, vol 75, no. 5, pp. 397-407. DOI: 10.1093/jnen/nlw014

Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2, homocysteine, and Alzheimer's disease
Doody, RS, Demirovic, J, Ballantyne, CM, Chan, W, Barber, R, Powell, S, Pavlik, V, Doody, R, Rountree, S, Massman, P, Darby, E, Evans, T, Khaleeq, A, Schrimsher, G, Dentino, A, Orozco, R, Fairchild, T, Knebl, J, OBryant, SE, Hall, JR, Barber, RC, Mains, D, Alvarez, L, Braddock, E, McCallum, R, Johnson, L, Adams, P, Rosenberg, R, Weiner, M, Williams, B, Quiceno, M, Reisch, J, Huebinger, R, Xiao, G, Svetlik, D, Werry, A, Smith, J, Royall, D, Palmer, R & Polk, M 2015, Alzheimers and Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment and Disease Monitoring, vol 1, no. 4, pp. 464-471. DOI: 10.1016/j.dadm.2015.08.001

The pathologist workforce in the United States: II. An interactive modeling tool for analyzing future qualitative and quantitative staffing demands for services
Robboy, SJ, Gupta, S, Crawford, JM, Cohen, MB, Karcher, DS, Leonard, DGB, Magnani, B, Novis, DA, Prystowsky, MB, Powell, SZ, Gross, DJ & Black-Schaffer, WS 2015, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, vol 139, no. 11, pp. 1413-1430. DOI: 10.5858/arpa.2014-0559-OA

Is CMV a target in pediatric glioblastoma? Expression of CMV proteins, pp65 and IE1-72 and CMV nucleic acids in a cohort of pediatric glioblastoma patients
Wakefield, A, Pignata, A, Ghazi, A, Ashoori, A, Hegde, M, Landi, D, Gray, T, Scheurer, ME, Chintagumpala, M, Adesina, A, Gottschalk, S, Hicks, J, Powell, SZ & Ahmed, N 2015, Journal of Neuro-Oncology, vol 125, no. 2, pp. 307-315. DOI: 10.1007/s11060-015-1905-z

Expanding the spectrum of neuronal pathology in multiple system atrophy
Cykowski, MD, Coon, EA, Powell, SZ, Jenkins, SM, Benarroch, EE, Low, PA, Schmeichel, AM & Parisi, JE 2015, Brain, vol 138, no. 8, pp. 2293-2309. DOI: 10.1093/brain/awv114