Oscar Lin, MD, PhD

About Me

I am a pathologist with expertise in cytopathology and hematopathology. In cytopathology, we analyze cells to make a diagnosis. These cells can be obtained through non-invasive or minimally invasive procedures. One of these minimally invasive procedures is fine needle aspiration biopsy, a procedure that allows an accurate diagnosis without the need of a surgical procedure. These biopsies are highly sensitive and they can be obtained through a thin needle with minimal potential complications. They represent a safe alternative to open surgical biopsies. I and my colleagues in the Cytology service perform fine needle aspiration biopsies of superficial palpable lesions.

My research is focused on the use of tumor markers in cytology specimens, both for diagnostic as well as prognostic purposes. In the surgical pathology field, I am particularly interested in neoplastic hematopathology, especially in the field of lymphomas.

As an educator, I serve as Medical Director of the MSKCC Cytotechnology School and Associate Director of the Cytopathology Fellowship Program.

  • Clinical Expertise: Cytology; Fine Needle Aspiration; Hematopathology
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Education: MD, PhD, University of Sao Paulo (Brazil)
  • Residencies: University of Sao Paulo (Brazil); New York University Medical Center
  • Fellowships: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Board Certifications: Anatomic Pathology; Clinical Pathology; Cytopathology


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