Maria F. Gonzalez, M.D.

Maria F. Gonzalez, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology
Associate Director of Pathology Residency Program

phone: 312-413-3998

I am a cytopathologist and surgical pathologist with a special interest in cytology, head and neck pathology, and gastrointestinal pathology. Currently, I am part of the interdisciplinary colorectal cancer team that is working towards obtaining accreditation from the National accreditation program for rectal cancer. Another of my interests is the education of the residents and fellows. I have developed several educational projects with successful results. I participate in the education of the cytopathology fellow and the residents. Some of my roles in the department of pathology include service on departmental committees, implementation of the quality assurance program in surgical pathology, participation in the weekly multidisciplinary colorectal cancer tumor board and molecular tumor board, teaching, research, and collaboration with the residency program.

Clinical and Research Interests:

Clinical Focus

Surgical Pathology
Head and Neck Pathology
Gastrointestinal pathology

Research Focus

Fine-Needle Aspiration Cytopathology
Racial disparities in carcinoma
HPV-mediated carcinomas

Educational Focus

Innovative teaching in Pathology
Strategies and teaching styles in anatomic pathology
Integrated histologic and cytologic approach to the diagnosis of lesions and tumors
Integrated system-based learning
Case-based learning in pathology


Universidad Libre, Cali MD, Colombia 1996

PostGraduate Training:


Pathology residency program, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX (2009-2011)
Pathology residency program, Baystate Medical Center/ Tufts University School of Medicine-Western campus. Springfield, MA (2011-2013)


07/2013-06/2014 Surgical Pathology Fellowship at Hartford Hospital. Hartford, CT.
07/2014-06/2015 Cytopathology fellowship at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Board Certifications:

Anatomic Pathology

Awards and Honors:

The highest historical score in Medical school until 2007, Universidad Libre, Cali, Colombia

01/1991–08/1996 Five consecutive years of Medical scholarships granted by The Universidad Libre in Cali, Colombia in recognition for the academic achievements.

The Best Professor 2003 and 2004, Colegio Odontologico Colombiano, Cali, Colombia.

Award for Outstanding Performance on the Cytopathology Service, 2012-2013. Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine, Department of Pathology Residency Program.

Recent Publications:

1. Islam S, Islam E, Attaya H, Parupudi S, Shami M, Gonzalez MF, Wachtel M, Nugent K. Congenital hypertrophy retinal pigment epithelium as a manifestation of colon cancer. Am J Gastroenterol. 2010 Nov;105(11):2510-1. PMID: 21048693  doi: 10.1038/ajg.2010.256.

2. Gonzalez MF, Freeman JK. Myelofibrosis associated with romiplostim treatment in a patient with immune thrombocytopenia. Case Reports in Hematology Volume 2012, Article ID 318597, 4 pages, 2012. PMID: 22937324  PMCID:PMC3420420  doi: 10.1155/2012/318597.

3. Ghaoui R, Gonzalez M, Desilets DJ. Liver cancer presenting as a pancreatic mass. Gastrointest Endosc. 2014 Feb;79(2):333-4. PMID:24268532 doi: 10.1016/j.gie.2013.10.016.

4. Gadara MR, Gonzalez M, Cartun RW, Ligato S. IMP3 Immunoreactivity is More Sensitive Than AMACR in Detecting Dysplastic Epithelium and Early Adenocarcinoma in Barrett Esophagus. Appl Immunohistochem Mol Morphol. 2017 Jul;25(6):386-391. PMID:26766126 doi: 10.1097/PAI.0000000000000319.

5. Gonzalez MF, Akhtar I, Manucha V.  Changing Trends and Practices in Cytopathology. Acta Cytol. 2017;61(2):91-95. PMID:28324872. doi: 10.1159/000460236.

6. Maria F. Gonzalez, Israh Akhtar, Varsha Manucha. Additional diagnostic features of mammary analogue secretory carcinoma (secretory carcinoma) on cytology Cytopathology journal. Cytopathology 2017; 00:1-4. DOI: 10.1111/cyt.12465

7. Gonzalez MF, Azar A, Jamal SME. Solitary soft tissue Langerhans cell histiocytosis of the neck. Cytohistological correlation and review of the literature. Cytopathology. 2017; 00:1-3. DOI - 10.1111/cyt.12499

8. Maria F Gonzalez (2017) Solitary Langerhans cell histiocytosis of the soft tissues 1: 11.

9. Maria F Gonzalez (2018) Crooke Cell Pituitary Carcinoma Metastatic to Cervical Lymph Node Diagnosed by Fine Needle Aspiration. BAOJ Pathol 2: 15.

10. Mary Tucker Sessums, David Ray, Truman Mark Earl, Charulochana Subramony, Maria F. Gonzalez. Primary Hepatic Leiomyosarcoma. JMSMA2018; 59(4): 194-199.

11.Eric Tillotson, Maria F. Gonzalez. Malignant solitary fibrous tumor of the nasal cavity. The Journal or Mississippi Medical Association. June 2018. JMSMA2018; 59 (6/7): 297-302

12.  Ashley Albert, Shankar Giri, Madhava Kanakamedala, Sophy Mangana, Eldrin Bhanat, Veena Shenoy, Toms Vengaloor Thomas, Sanjay Joseph, Maria Gonzalez, Akram Shalaby, Srinivasan Vijayakumar. Racial Disparities in Tumor Features and Outcomes of Patients with Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Tonsil.Laryngoscope 2019 (129):643–654

13. Manucha V, Hansen JT, Gonzalez MF, Akhtar I. Role of Cytology and immunohistochemistry in diagnosis of metastatic malignancies in the lung: A critical appraisal. Diagn Cytopathol. 2018; 1-9.


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