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Vivian Weiss, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology

Vivian Weiss, M.D., Ph.D. of Vanderbilt University Medical Center is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology. Dr. Weiss attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD to obtain her M.D. and Ph.D. in immunology. During her Ph.D. training, Vivian received the American Association for Cancer Research Pre-doctoral Fellowship Award for her work in tumor immunology under the mentorship of Dr. Elizabeth Jaffee.  After completing this training, she began theVanderbiltUniversity Pathology ResidencyTraining Programfor anatomic and clinical pathology, followed by a fellowship in cytopathology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is board certified in Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, and Cytopathology. Her clinical practice focuses on diagnosis of fine needle aspirations, particularly of the thyroid gland. She was the 2017 recipient of the American Society of Cytopathology Young Investigator Award for her work on the molecular and immunologic mechanisms of thyroid cancer using next generation sequencing and computational immunogenomics. Vivian’s translational research laboratory studies the role of Wnt signaling in aggressive thyroid cancer subtypes in order to improve the current diagnostic algorithms and therapy for this disease.


Recent Publications:

1.     Weiss VL, Andreotti RF, Ely KA. Use of the Thyroid Imaging, Reporting, and Data System (TI-RADS) scoring system for the evaluation of subcentimeter thyroid nodules. Cancer Cytopathol. 2018 May 7; PubMed PMID: 29733503.

2.    Ely KA, Bischoff LA, Weiss VL. Wnt Signaling in Thyroid Homeostasis and Carcinogenesis. Genes (Basel). 2018 Apr 10;9(4)PubMed PMID: 29642644; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5924546.

3.     Kiernan CM, Weiss VL, Mehrad M, Ely K, Baregamian N, Solórzano CC. New terminology-noninvasive follicular neoplasm with papillary-like nuclear features (NIFTP) and its effect on the rate of malignancy at a single institution. Surgery. 2018 Jan;163(1):55-59. PubMed PMID: 29126555.

4.     Adkins BD, Barlow AB, Jack A, Schultenover SJ, Desouki MM, Coogan AC, Weiss VL. Characteristic findings of cervical Papanicolaou tests from transgender patients on androgen therapy: Challenges in detecting dysplasia. Cytopathology. 2018; 29(3):281-287. PubMed PMID: 29488269.

5.     Weiss V, Dueber J, Wright JP, Cates J, Revetta F, Parikh AA, Merchant NB, Shi C. Immunohistochemical analysis of the Wnt/b-catenin signaling pathway in pancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasms. World journal of gastrointestinal oncology. 2016; 8(8):615-22. PubMed PMID: 27574554.