Suzanne Zein-Eldin Powell, MD

Professor of Pathology and Genomic Medicine, Academic Institute
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

Brain tumors Dementia Alzheimer's Disease
Education & Training

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

A 70-Year Old Man with Dystonic and Choreiform Movements
Perez, A, Roman, GC, Powell, SZ-E, Fisher, R, Rivera, AL, Masdeu, JC & Cykowski, MD 2020, Brain Pathology, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 415-416.

OCIAD1 contributes to neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease by inducing mitochondria dysfunction, neuronal vulnerability and synaptic damages
Li, X, Wang, L, Cykowski, MD, He, T, Liu, T, Chakranarayan, J, Rivera, A, Zhao, H, Powell, SZ-E, Xia, W & Wong, ST 2020, EBioMedicine, vol. 2020: 51 .

Entry of Graduates of US Pathology Residency Programs Into the Workforce: Cohort Data Between 2008 and 2016 Remain Positive and Stable
Timmons, CF, Black-Schaffer, WS, Naritoku, WY, Powell, SZ-E, Johnson, KA, Brissette, MD, Childs, JM, Conran, RM, Dixon, LR, George, MR, Gratzinger, D, McCloskey, CB, Prieto, VG, Roberts, CA, Rojiani, AM, Shyu, I & Hoffman, RD 2020, Academic Pathology, vol. 7.

Dipeptide repeat (DPR) pathology in the skeletal muscle of ALS patients with C9ORF72 repeat expansion
Cykowski, MD, Dickson, DW, Powell, SZ-E, Arumanayagam, AS, Rivera, AL & Appel, SH 2019, Acta Neuropathologica, vol. 138, no. 4, pp. 667-670.

Teaching genomic pathology: Translating team-based learning to a virtual environment using computer-based simulation
Haspel, RL, Ali, AM, Huang, GC, Smith, MH, Atkinson, JB, Chabot-Richards, DS, Elliott, RM, Kaul, KL, Powell, SZ-E, Rao, A, Rinder, HM, Vanderbilt, CM & Wilcox, R 2019, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, vol. 143, no. 4, pp. 513-517.

ATRX protein loss and deregulation of PI3K/AKT pathway is frequent in pilocytic astrocytoma with anaplastic features
Olar, A, Tran, D, Mehta, VP, Reinhardt, A, Manekia, JH, Garnovskaya, M, Ellezam, B, Luthra, R, Sulman, EP, Mohila, CA, Campbell, GA, Powell, SZ-E, Fuller, GN, Aldape, KD & Adesina, AM 2019, , Clinical neuropathology, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 59-73.

Trainee responses to hurricane harvey: Correlating volunteerism with burnout
Yeo, CJJ, Roman, GC, Kusnerik, D, Burt, T, Mersinger, D, Thomas, S, Boone, TB & Powell, SZ-E 2018, , Frontiers in Public Health, vol. 6, no. AUG, 224.

Phosphorylated TDP-43 (pTDP-43) aggregates in the axial skeletal muscle of patients with sporadic and familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Cykowski, MD, Powell, SZ-E, Appel, JW, Arumanayagam, AS, Rivera, AL & Appel, SH 2018, Acta Neuropathologica Communications, vol. 6, no. 1.

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-E 2018, , Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, vol. 142, no. 4, pp. 490-495.

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, vol. 28, no. 6, pp. 1012-1019.

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, SZ-E, 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.

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, vol. 42, no. 5, pp. 1-4.

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, SZ-E & Lee, AG 2019, , Neuro-Ophthalmology, vol. 43, no. 6, pp. 397-400.

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.

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.

Development of professionalism in graduate medical education: A case-based educational approach from the college of american pathologists’ graduate medical education committee
Conran, RM, Powell, SZ-E, Domen, RE, McCloskey, CB, Brissette, MD, Cohen, DA, Dixon, LR, George, MR, Gratzinger, DA, Post, MD, Roberts, CA, Rojiani, AM, Timmons, CF, Johnson, K & Hoffman, RD 2018, Academic Pathology, vol. 5.

The continuing fellowship conundrum
Powell, SZ-E, Kragel, PJ & Domen, RE 2018, , Academic Pathology, vol. 5.

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, SZ-E 2017, , Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, vol. 141, no. 10, pp. 1394-1401.

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, DS, Zhang, YJ, New, P, Grilley, B, Stojakovic, M, Hicks, J, Powell, SZ-E, Brenner, M, Heslop, H, Grossman, RG, Wels, WS & Gottschalk, S 2017, , JAMA oncology, vol. 3, no. 8, pp. 1094-1101.

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