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Laura Adhikari, MD

Laura Adhikari, MD

Assistant Professor


Laura Adhikari, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.  She is boarded in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Cytopathology and has a special interest in cancer pathology.  She did her AP/CP pathology residency at the Mayo Clinic and cytopathology fellowship at the Ohio State University.  Her first job was at the Washington University School of Medicine where she was the Associate Director of the Cytotechnology School at St. Louis University and the Cytopathology Core Residency Director.  She moved to the University of Oklahoma in 2016 and served as the Director of Cytopathology and Genitourinary Team Leader until 2019.  She has many publications in areas of cytopathology, genitourinary pathology, and gynecologic pathology and has been an invited speaker to the Oklahoma State Association of Pathologists in 2017 and 2021. 

Academic Section(s):



2004 - 2008       Doctor of Medicine, Medicine

University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX

2000 - 2004       Bachelor of Science, Summa cum laude, Biology and Chemistry, Art

Texas Lutheran University, Seguin, TX

Board Certification(s):

2013 - 2023       Diplomate in Cytopathology, American Board of Pathology

2012 - 2022       Diplomate in Anatomic & Clinical Pathology, American Board of Pathology


2008 - 2012       Pathology Resident, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN



2012 - 2013       Cytopathology Fellow, Department of Pathology, Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH

Select Honors & Accomplishments:

Medical School Teaching - You Make A Difference Award, University of Texas Medical Branch (Received), 2008

Honors Program, University of Texas Medical Branch (Received), 2006 - 2008

Stjepcevich Scholarship in Research (Received), 2006 - 2008

Carl J. Herzog Scholarship (Received), 2004 - 2008

L. Clarke Stout Award for Excellence in Pathology, University of Texas Medical Branch (Received), May 2008

Magna cum laude, University of Texas Medical Branch (Received), March 2008

AOA Research Fellowship Runner-Up, 2006 - 2007

National Student Research Forum Participant (Received), April 2007

Biology Departmental Scholarship (Received), 2002 - 2004

Budwine Scholarship (Received), 2002 - 2004

Honors Program, Texas Lutheran University (Received), 2002 - 2004

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates, Texas Lutheran University (Received), 2002

Select Publications:

Book Chapters

Adhikari, L. J. (2020). Evidence Based Cytology. Veterinary Cytology (pp. 1024). Wiley-Blackwell.


Scientific/Scholarly Journals


Salem, G.*, Adhikari, L. J.+ (in press). Hepatitis C, and Cannot See! Gastroenterology. DOI:

Cook, G.+, Adhikari, L. J.#, Patel, S.# (2018). Adult Wilms Tumor: A rare case Report. Journal of Urological Surgery, 5(4), 205-207. DOI: 10.4274/jus.1668

Baker, Q.*, Patel, M., Adhikari, L. (in press). Adenoid Cystic Adenocarcinoma of the Renal Hilum. American College of Radiology Case-in-Point.

Farooqui, S. M., Kahn, M. S., Adhikari, L. J., Doshi, V. K. (2017). Multifocal Pulmonary Granular Cell Tumor Presenting with Post-Obstructive Phneumonia: A Literature Review. Case Reports of Pulmonology. PMID: 8513702.

Han, M., Bernadt, C., Johnson, S., Jalaly, J., Garcia, T., Adhikari, L. J. (2016). Aptima HR-HPV Testing from Diff-Quick Stained Fine Needle Aspiration Smears of Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma. JASC, 5(4), 221-226.

Adhikari, L. J., Reynolds, J. P., Wakely, P. E. (2016). Multi-institutional study of fine-needle aspiration for thyroid lymphoma. Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology, 5(3), 170-176. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasc.2015.11.002

Adhikari, L. J., Collins, B. T. (2015). Molecular Testing for Fine-Needle Aspiration of Pancreatic Cystic Lesions. Pathology Case Reviews, 20(4), 143-146. DOI: 10.1097/pcr.0000000000000093

Collins, B. T., Adhikari, L. J., Bernadt, C. T., Wang, J. F. (2015). Correlation of liver and pancreas endoscopic ultrasonography-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy in patients with a primary pancreatic lesion. Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology, 4(2), 74-78. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasc.2014.10.003

Collins, B. T., Bernadt, C. T., Adhikari, L. J., Wang, J. F. (2014). Predictive value of intra-abdominal lymph nodes in pancreatic endoscopic ultrasonography–guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy. Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology, 3(4), 206-210. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasc.2014.03.011

Adhikari, L. J., Elkins, C. T., Wakely, P. E. (2014). Squamous cells in effusions: A study of 24 cases. Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology, 3(1), 21-28. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasc.2013.08.225

Adhikari, L. J., Shen, R. (2013). Florid diffuse peritoneal deciduosis mimicking carcinomatosis in a primigravida patient: a case report and review of the literature. International journal of clinical and experimental pathology, 6(11), 2615-9. PMID: 24228129.

Adhikari, L. J., Sciallis, A. P., Reynolds, J., Jenkins, S., Smith, C., Stan, M. N., Nassar, A. (2013). Clinicopathologic predictors of thyroid bed recurrence of differentiated thyroid cancer using ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsies. Thyroid : official journal of the American Thyroid Association, 23(8), 982-8. PMID: 23374006. DOI: 10.1089/thy.2012.0297

Gilbert, J. A., Adhikari, L. J., Lloyd, R. V., Halfdanarson, T. R., Muders, M. H., Ames, M. M. (2013). Molecular markers for novel therapeutic strategies in pancreatic endocrine tumors. Pancreas, 42(3), 411-21. PMID: 23211371. DOI: 10.1097/MPA.0b013e31826cb243

Adhikari, L. J., McCalmont, T. H., Folpe, A. L. (2012). Merkel cell carcinoma with heterologous rhabdomyoblastic differentiation: the role of immunohistochemistry for Merkel cell polyomavirus large T-antigen in confirmation. Journal of cutaneous pathology, 39(1), 47-51. PMID: 22032237. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0560.2011.01794.x

Gilbert, J. A., Adhikari, L. J.+, Lloyd, R. V., Rubin, J., Haluska, P., Carboni, J. M., Gottardis, M. M., Ames, M. M. (2010). Molecular markers for novel therapies in neuroendocrine (carcinoid) tumors. Endocrine-related cancer, 17(3), 623-36. PMID: 20385747. DOI: 10.1677/ERC-09-0318