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Mark Pool, MD

I practice general surgical pathology and serve as laboratory medical director at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, Illinois. I am also an adjunct attending at Rush Medical College in Chicago. My specialty challenges and humbles me because of the sublime variation and complexity of diseases... Full Bio
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Establishing clonality in multifocal nonsmall cell lung cancer by Mark Pool, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Up to 8% of nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients present with 2 or more anatomically separate lung tumors. Distinguishing between synchronous primary tumors and intrap ... Read on »
Flagship Biosciences Acquires IHCtech by Mark Pool, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Flagship Biosciences released news today of their acquisition of IHCtech, a company founded by Patsy Ruegg in 2002 at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Patho ... Read on »
Call It Cancer by Mark Pool, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer A couple of recent editorials in The Oncologist have reacted to the recent NIH consensus panel on prostate cancer and this panel's statement that it may be "a mistake" to ca ... Read on »
Abstracts and Posters Accepted Now for Pathology Visions 2012 by Mark Pool, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer As a courtesy to the Digital Pathology Association, I am passing along this information regarding the 2012 Pathology Visions conference in Baltimore, Maryland from October 2 ... Read on »
New biomarkers for mesothelioma by Mark Pool, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Today is a first for this blog--a guest post! I recently was contacted by Danielle DiPietro, National Awareness Director for the Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com to see i ... Read on »
New proposal for histological grading in colorectal carcinoma by Mark Pool, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I find it surprising that histological grading for two of the most common adult malignancies--colon and lung--lacks any kind of consensus criteria for grading elements let a ... Read on »
The new IASLC/ATS/ERS Lung Adencarcinoma Classification is a Stage-Independent Predictor of Survival by Mark Pool, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I blogged on this new classification over a year ago when it was first published, but now papers are rolling out showing its utility. My take on this recent paper below is t ... Read on »
The new paternalism in American medicine by Mark Pool, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer It has taken me awhile to get to this article by Hartzband and Groopman, "Rise of the Medical Expertocracy," from the March 31, 2011 Wall Street Journal. If you happened to ... Read on »
Institute of Medicine Report on Omics-based Testing by Mark Pool, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer The IOM released the report “Evolution of Translational Omics: Lessons Learned and the Path Forward,” last month which includes recommendations for using test models based o ... Read on »
Exosomes as Possible Biomarker for Tuberculosis by Mark Pool, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I have previously posted on exosomes in the context of cancer. Here is a very interesting and brief video from Dr. Jeffrey Schorey regarding exosomes in the pathogenesis of ... Read on »
Possible false positive interpretation of Napsin A staining in evaluating lung non-small cell... by Mark Pool, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Dr. Nelson Ordonez (MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston) published a brief and very helpful article in the March 2012 American Journal of Surgical Pathology (abstract) that a ... Read on »
Biomarkers in COPD by Mark Pool, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) is defined functionally as airflow limitation that is not fully reversible. It is a MAJOR cause of morbidity and mortality in the U.S ... Read on »
Medscape Interview with NIH Director by Mark Pool, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Medscape recently produced a fascinating interview with Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Intitutes of Health that focuses on genomics but ranges broadly over se ... Read on »
Digital Case: Simple mucocele of the appendix by Mark Pool, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Finally, I'm working on sharing some interesting cases that have come across my desk recently! We've seen some interesting appendix pathology of late, including this case. H ... Read on »
Review of microsatellite instability (MSI) in colorectal cancer by Mark Pool, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Clinical Cancer Review just published an "OnlineFirst" article on February 2, 2012 (link to abstract) that reviews microsatellite instability (MSI) in colorectal cancer. The ... Read on »
Exciting Upcoming Webinar on New Techniques of Cell Imaging by Mark Pool, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Quick post here on upcoming webinar sponsored by NIH Intramural Research Program, "Applying New Imaging Techniques to Your Research." The deets are Wednesday, February 29, 2 ... Read on »
Is Notch signaling involved in lung carcinogenesis? by Mark Pool, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer This is the question asked by Joyce Osanyingbemi-Obidi and colleagues from Johns Hopkins in an interesting recent paper published in Molecular Cancer Research. The cancer st ... Read on »
Second opinions in pathology and medicine by Mark Pool, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Laura Landro, in her Wall Street Journal column, "The Informed Patient," has taken on the controversial subject of second opinions in medicine. Inevitably, the "attention-gr ... Read on »
Lab uses Groupon to market testing by Mark Pool, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer This is a really intriguing use of social media by a lab to market their services! Affordable Labs in Vernon Hills, Illinois (a northern suburb of Chicago) is using Groupon ... Read on »
Researchers Map Mutations Lung Cancer in Never-Smokers by Mark Pool, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Researchers Map Potential Genetic Origins, Pathways of Lung Cancer in Never-Smokers. Interesting preliminary data presented at AACR/IASLC Joint Conference on Molecular Origi ... Read on »