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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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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 »
Comments on CAP Proposed Revision to Stomach Cancer Protocol by Mark Pool, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Comments are now available for viewing concerning proposed revisions to CAP Stomach Cancer Protocol. It's obvious that those who reviewed the protocol and offered their comm ... Read on »
Dr. R2D2--Computerized pathologist? by Mark Pool, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Meet C-Path, the iJobPlodd version of the 21st century pathologist. The December 3rd-9th, 2011issue of The Economist has an article in this "Technology Quarterly" section en ... Read on »
What pathologists and the CAP can do to assist with PMA process by Mark Pool, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer What pathologists and the CAP can do to assist with PMA process. Excellent post from Dr. Keith Kaplan. Highly recommended reading and, hopefully, will generate comments for ... Read on »
Examination of colon specimens resected for polyposis by Mark Pool, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer One of my colleagues received a 40-cm left colectomy specimen from a 49-year-old woman that I diagnosed with a grade 1 T3N0 cecal adenocarcinoma in August of 2011. MMR testi ... Read on »
Lung adenocarcinoma subtyping: practical issue by Mark Pool, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer We have adopted subtyping adenocarcinoma routinely as part of the examination of lung resections along the lines suggested in the recent "comprehensive histologic subtyping" ... Read on »
Recent article collection on colorectal cancer by Mark Pool, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology and Nature Reviews Gastroenterology and Hepatology have put together a superb collection of state-of-the-art reviews on various aspects of c ... Read on »
Overview of red cell storage lesion in transfusion by Mark Pool, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer The October 2011 CAP Today has a wonderful overview of the issues surrounding the clinical implications of the RBC storage lesion. For non-blood bank geeks, this is an infor ... Read on »
Circulating factor identified for focal segmental glomerulosclerosis by Mark Pool, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer So I have been serving as the therapeutic apheresis physician for my colleague (and mentor) Dr. Bruce McLeod (editor of Apheresis: Principles and Practice). Big shoes to fil ... Read on »
Comment Period for Revision to CAP Cancer Protocol for Stomach by Mark Pool, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer The CAP has announced the opening of a comment period for revisions to the Stomach Cancer Protocol. Prior to the release of the revised Stomach Cancer Protocol, the College ... Read on »
Failure can be a good thing by Mark Pool, MD Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I read this article in the Wall Street Journal yesterday and it reminded me of Dr. Jeffrey Myers' excellent keynote address on innovation at CAP Futurescape earlier this yea ... Read on »