Elizabeth Kurian, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Department: Pathology


Elizabeth M. Kurian, M.D., received her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, followed by a combined anatomic and clinical pathology residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Kurian gained expertise in cytopathology through the fellowship program at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Before coming to UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dr. Kurian spent three years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. While there, she completed the institution’s first Junior Faculty Development Program and served as an Associate Course Director for Cancer Concepts, an introductory first-year medical school course.

Her translational research interests include using automation for cytologic evaluation, and applications of immunohistochemistry or molecular testing using cytology or small biopsies for diagnosis or prognostic utility. She is an editorial member of the American Society of Cytopathology's ASC Bulletin, as well as a reviewer for Diagnostic Cytopathology and CytoJournal.

Dr. Kurian's primary clinical focus is cytopathology with expertise in immediate rapid interpretation and performance of fine needle aspiration, plus general surgical pathology with an interest in thyroid pathology.


Medical School University of Texas at Houston Medical School (2004)
Residency University of Texas San Antonio Health Science Center (2008), Pathology
Fellowship MD Anderson Cancer Center (2009), Cytopathology


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Post-irradiation angiosarcoma of the breast.

Kurian E, Yeh I Vol36 (6)

Alcohol and formalin-fixed cytology specimens offer an effective alternative to formalin-fixed tissue for ALK break-apart FISH testing in lung adenocarcinoma.

Rosenblum F, Garver J, Cosar E, Hutchinson L and Kurian EM Modern Pathology 2013

DNA qulitative and quantitative comparison of alcohol fixed cytology versus formalin fixed tissue for PCR detection of KRAS, EGFR and BRAF.

Rosenblum F, Tomaszewics K, St. Cyr M, Fischer A, Cosar EF, Kurian EM, Hutchinson L. Modern Pathology 2013

Paratracheal Mass Mimicking Malignancy

Jean-Gilles J, Kurian EM. The ASC Bulletin 2012 Vol. XLIX, No 5

Cervista HR and HPV 16/18 assays vs hybrid capture 2 assay: outcome comparison in women with negative cervical cytology.

Kurian EM, Caporelli ML, Baker S, Woda B, Cosar EF, Hutchinson L Am. J. Clin. Pathol. 2011 Nov 136 5 808-16

Role of cytology in the management of non-small-cell lung cancer.

Fischer AH, Cibas ES, Howell LP, Kurian EM, Laucirica R, Moriarty AT, Renshaw AA, Zakowski MF, Young NA J. Clin. Oncol. 2011 Aug 29 24 3331-2; author reply 3332-3

The triage efficacy of fine needle aspiration biopsy for follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma using the Bethesda reporting guidelines.

Kurian EM, Dawlett M, Wang J, Gong Y, Guo M Diagnostic cytopathology 2011 May

Purification and characterization of the yeast-expressed erythropoietin mutant Epo (R103A), a specific inhibitor of human primary hematopoietic cell erythropoiesis.

Burns S, Arcasoy MO, Li L, Kurian E, Selander K, Emanuel PD, Harris KW Blood 2002 Jun 99 12 4400-5

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