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 Fellowship, Department of Pathology & Genomic Medicine
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College

Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency


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

Trainee responses to hurricane harvey: Correlating volunteerism with burnout
Yeo, CJJ, Román, GC, Kusnerik, D, Burt, T, Mersinger, D, Thomas, S, Boone, T & Powell, SZ 2018, Frontiers in Public Health, vol. 6, no. AUG, 224. DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2018.00224

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

TEM8/ANTXR1-Specific CAR T cells as a targeted therapy for triple-negative breast cancer
Byrd, TT, Fousek, K, Pignata, A, Szot, C, Samaha, H, Seaman, S, Dobrolecki, L, Salsman, VS, Oo, HZ, Bielamowicz, K, Landi, D, Rainusso, N, Hicks, J, Powell, S, Baker, ML, Wels, WS, Koch, J, Sorensen, PH, Deneen, B, Ellis, MJ, Lewis, MT, Hegde, M, Fletcher, BS, Croix, BS & Ahmed, N 2018, Cancer Research, vol. 78, no. 2, pp. 489-500. DOI: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-16-1911

Supraorbital Nerve and Cavernous Sinus Invasion with Poorly Differentiated Carcinoma of Unknown Primary
Patel, SN, Nakawah, MO, Sadaka, A, Berry, S, Ortiz Gomez, J, Powell, S & Lee, AG 2018, Neuro-Ophthalmology, pp. 1-4. DOI: 10.1080/01658107.2017.1401093

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.

The continuing fellowship conundrum
Powell, SZE, Kragel, PJ & Domen, RE 2018, Academic Pathology, vol. 5. DOI: 10.1177/2374289518763810

Third Nerve Palsy as the Presenting Sign of Metastatic Endometrial Carcinoma with Lymphovascular Space Invasion
Lin, WV, De La Garza, MM, Vickers, A, Pasha, H, Powell, S & Lee, AG 2018, Neuro-Ophthalmology. DOI: 10.1080/01658107.2018.1520904

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

Entrustable Professional Activities for Pathology: Recommendations From the College of American Pathologists Graduate Medical Education Committee
McCloskey, CB, Domen, RE, Conran, RM, Hoffman, RD, Post, MD, Brissette, MD, Gratzinger, DA, Raciti, PM, Cohen, DA, Roberts, CA, Rojiani, AM, Kong, CS, Peterson, JEG, Johnson, K, Plath, S & Powell, SZE 2017, Academic Pathology, vol. 4. DOI: 10.1177/2374289517714283