New UNM Pathology Faculty

September 25, 2012 - Department of Pathology

Dr. Karen SantaCruz

Dr. Karen SantaCruz, a neuropathologist, joined the UNM Pathology Department June 2012. Dr. SantaCruz moved to UNM from the University of Minnesota. She is an Associate Professor and the Director of Neuropathology. Our neurologists, neurosurgeons, forensic pathologists, and surgical pathologists are working closely with Dr. SantaCruz. Dr. SantaCruz is responsible for surgical neuropathology, muscle and nerve biopsy sign out, and building a consultative practice with external institutions such as Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque. The molecular diagnostics laboratory at TriCore is eager to restart several assays helpful in evaluating gliomas by working with Dr. SantaCruz. Dr. SantaCruz will also be working closely with the Office of the Medical Investigator's forensic pathologists for braining cutting.

She is interested in neurodegenerative disease and has worked in studies of humans with Alzheimer Disease and mouse models of tau pathology.

Dr. Lori Proe

Dr. Lori Proe joined the UNM Department of Pathology faculty in Forensic Pathology in July 2012. Dr. Proe recently completed the Forensic Pathology Fellowship at Office of the Medical Investigator and University of New Mexico Pathology Department. Dr. Proe completed AP/CP residency at University of Kansas Medical Center and received her D.O. from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

Dr. Hannah Kastenbaum

Dr. Hannah Kastenbaum joined the UNM Department of Pathology faculty in Forensic Pathology in August 2012. Dr. Kastenbaum recently completed the Forensic Pathology Fellowship at Office of the Medical Investigator and University of New Mexico Pathology Department. Dr. Kastenbaum completed AP/CP residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and received her M.D. from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Joshua Hanson

Dr. Joshua Hanson, joined the UNM Department of Pathology faculty in Anatomic Pathology in August 2012. Dr. Hanson recently completed a gastroenterology fellowship at Yale University. Dr. Hanson works closely with Dr. Von Samedi to expand our GI pathology service including medical student, resident and fellow education. Dr. Hanson attended medical school at the University of Arizona and did his AP/CP residency at the University of Vermont.

Dr. Ramachandra Rao Gullapalli

Dr. Ramachandra Rao Gullapalli joined the UNM Department of Pathology faculty as a specialist in molecular pathology and informatics in September 2012. Dr. Gullapalli just completed a fellowship in molecular pathology at the University of Pittsburgh and has degrees in both electrical and bioengineering from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Gullapalli received his MBBS medical degree from the Armed Forces Medical College in India.He works closely with both our Molecular Pathology and Clinical Pathology Divisions and is developing his own program in translational research. Dr. Gullapalli will be instrumental in UNM and TriCore ongoing efforts to implement next generation sequencing using bioinformatics analyses.

Dr. Leslie Lopez-Calderon

Dr. Leslie Lopez-Calderon joined the UNM Department of Pathology as an Anatomic Pathologist in September 2012. Dr. Lopez-Calderon just completed a fellowship in cytopathology at the University of Utah after her residency in Anatomic Pathology at the University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Lopez-Calderon received her MD from the Universidad Nacional de San Agustin, Arequipa, Peru. She will be an integral part of our surgical pathology and cytopathology service, in particular with our growing fine needle aspiration service.