Pathology Laboratory Medicine: Meet Our Team

Physician Contacts:

  • Dinesh Rakheja, MD

     

    Dinesh Rakheja, MD

    Dr. RakhejaDr. Dinesh Rakheja is an Associate Professor of Pathology and Pediatrics and the Chief of Pediatric Pathology at UT Southwestern, and holds the John Lawrence and Patsy Louise Goforth Distinguished Professorship in Pathology. He practices at Children’s Medical Center where he is the Division Director of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

    Dr. Rakheja did his medical schooling at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. He completed pathology residencies at Maulana Azad Medical College (Delhi University) and UT Southwestern Medical Center. He trained in gastrointestinal pathology and neuropathology as a senior resident (fellow equivalent) at GB Pant Hospital (Delhi University) and completed a pediatric pathology fellowship at UT Southwestern/Children’s Medical Center.

    Dr. Rakheja studies the genetics and metabolism of childhood cancer, particularly Wilms tumor, germ cell tumors, brain tumors, and pediatric sarcomas of bone and soft tissue. He has specific interests in tumor tissue banking, developing primary pediatric cancer cell lines, and developing laboratory assays for diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic targets in pediatric cancers.

  • Hung Luu, PharmD, MD

     

    Hung Luu

    Dr.Luu Hung

    Dr. Hung Luu is an Assistant Professor of Pathology at the University of Texas Medical Center, in Dallas, Texas. He completed his pathology residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and a hematopathology fellowship at City of Hope National Medical Center with Dr. Lawrence Weiss. Dr. Luu currently serves as Director of Clinical Pathology for the Children’s Medical Center Laboratory System and Medical Director for the Laboratory at Legacy. His research interests include pediatric hematologic malignancies, hematology with an emphasis in hemoglobinopathies and coagulation and incorporating Lean principles into laboratory operations to improve processes and outcomes.

  • Sandy Cope-Yokoyama, MD

     

    Sandy Cope-Yokoyama, MD

    Dr.Cope-Yokiyama

    Sandy Cope-Yokoyama is originally from Southwestern Pennsylvania and went to medical school in Houston Texas, graduating from Baylor College of Medicine in 2002. She completed residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Baylor College of Medicine in 2006, where she served as chief resident. A fellowship in pediatric and perinatal pathology was completed at Texas Children’s Hospital, also in Houston, TX, where a second year of fellowship training was focused on pediatric gastrointestinal and liver pathology. Currently the medical director of Anatomic Pathology at Children’s Medical Center, she also participates in medical student, resident, and fellow training, including overseeing the rotation in pediatric pathology for UT Southwestern pathology residents, medical students, and clinical trainees. Her research interests include pediatric liver pathology, including complications of liver transplant in children.

  • Patti Jones, PhD

     

    Patti Jones, PhD

    Patti Jones is currently the Clinical Director of the Chemistry and Metabolic Disease Laboratories at Children’s Medical Center, Dallas, TX, and Professor of Pathology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Her PhD is in molecular biology from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX. She did her clinical chemistry training as a Fellow at UT Southwestern Medical Center and was board certified by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry in 1992. She has been working in the laboratory field for 25 years and as the chemistry lab director at Children’s for 9 years. Along with her regular duties, she also teaches residents and fellows in chemistry and metabolic disease testing.

    Patti is an active member of several national laboratory medicine associations including the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC), the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (NACB) and the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry (IFCC) Pediatric Task Force.

  • Jason Y. Park, MD, PhD, FCAP

     

    Jason Y. Park, MD, PhD, FCAP

    Dr. Jason Park

    Jason Y. Park is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology at UT Southwestern Medical School. He is also the Medical Director of the Advanced Diagnostics Laboratory at the Children’s Medical Center (Dallas, Texas). He trained in a combined MD and PhD program at Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia, PA) and was a pathology resident and chief resident in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. After residency, he was a clinical fellow in gastrointestinal and liver pathology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has published over fifty journal articles and book chapters. He has 11 issued U.S. patents and 2 pending U.S. patent applications. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Fujirebio, Inc. His clinical and research interests are in the development of clinical laboratory technologies with a focus on pediatric and gastrointestinal diseases.

  • Charles Timmons, MD, PhD

     

    Charles Timmons, MD, PhD

    Dr. Timmons

    Charles Timmons received a B.S. degree from Davidson College and an M.D. and Ph.D. in Human Genetics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and Pediatric Pathology fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Denver. He joined the UT Southwestern faculty as a pediatric pathologist at Children’s Medical Center in December, 1988, as his first job after fellowship and has remained ever since, participating in the surgical pathology, hematology and autopsy services. Since 2002, he has been program director for the Pathology Residency at Southwestern. He currently serves as Secretary of the Program Directors Section of the Association of Pathology Chairs and as Secretary-Treasurer of the Society for Pediatric Pathology, and sits on the Resident In Service Examination Committee of the American Society for Clinical Pathology and on the Review Committee for Pathology of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

  • Veena Rajaram, MD

     

    Veena Rajaram, MD

    Dr. Veena Rajaram

    Veena Rajaram received her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Berhampur University, Orissa, India. After immigrating to the United States, she joined Anatomic Pathology residency at Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, New York and completed her residency in Anatomic Pathology followed by fellowships in Surgical Pathology, Pediatric pathology and Neuropathology at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis. Before coming to UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dr. Rajaram spent 8 years as an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and worked as a staff pathologist at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital (Children’s Memorial Hospital), Chicago practicing Pediatric and Neuropathology with a primary focus on Pediatric neuropathology. Dr. Rajaram’s clinical focus is on pediatric neuropathology with a research interest in pediatric brain tumors and CNS developmental malformations.

  • Anita Sengupta, MD

     

    Anita Sengupta, MD

    Dr. Sengupta

    Anita Sengupta completed her medical education at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine in 2004. She went on to complete her anatomic pathology residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 followed by a pediatric pathology fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia completed in 2009, and a cytology fellowship completed in 2010. She is board certified in Anatomic Pathology/Clinical Pathology, Pediatric Pathology and Cytopathology by the American Board of Pathology. She has been on the faculty at Children’s Medical Center since 2010, where she is currently the Director of Cytopathology. Dr. Sengupta’s interests lie in pediatric cytopathology and oncology.

  • Daniel Noland, MD

     

    Dr. Daniel K. Noland completed medical school at UNC-Chapel Hill, Pathology residency at the Medical College of Georgia, and a transfusion medicine fellowship at Washington University in Saint Louis. He is board certified in Clinical Pathology with sub-speciality boards in Transfusion Medicine. Dr. Noland is medical director of the Transfusion and Tissue Service at Children’s Dallas. His research interests include all of pediatric transfusion medicine with a special focus on clinical apheresis and massive transfusion.