I have interest in head and neck oncological surgical pathology. Specifically in salivary gland, thyroid, and skull base related malignancies.

Prior to joining faculty as an assistant professor at Stanford University, I completed a head and neck surgical pathology fellowship at the MD Anderson Cancer Center (2019). Following this subspecialty fellowship, I was faculty as a head and neck only pathologist at Cleveland Clinic for three years.

Clinical Focus

  • Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Pathology

Professional Education

  • Fellowship: University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine CA
  • Fellowship: MD Anderson Cancer Center (2019) TX
  • Board Certification: American Board of Pathology, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology (2017)
  • Residency: University of Hawaii at Manoa John A Burns School of Medicine (2017) HI
  • Medical Education: St George's University School of Medicine Grenada West Indies (2013) NY West Indies

All Publications

  • A Novel Gene Fusion YLPM1::PRKD1 Identified in a Cribriform Subtype of Polymorphous Adenocarcinoma. Head and neck pathology Miyakawa-Liu, M., Ozawa, M. G., Chen, M., Rahman, M. 2024; 18 (1): 43


    Cribriform adenocarcinoma of the salivary gland (CASG) is an entity that is currently classified under polymorphous adenocarcinoma (PAC), cribriform subtype per the 2022 WHO classification of head and neck tumours. There is debate about whether CASG should be considered a separate diagnostic entity, as CASG differs from conventional PAC in anatomic site, clinical behaviors, and molecular patterns. Herein we describe a challenging and unique case which shares histologic and behavioral features between CASG and conventional PAC with a YLPM1::PRKD1 rearrangement not previously reported in the literature.

    View details for DOI 10.1007/s12105-024-01648-z

    View details for PubMedID 38735907

    View details for PubMedCentralID 7863585

  • How far are we off? Analyzing the accuracy of surgical margin relocation in the head and neck. Head & neck Miller, A., Wang, V., Jegede, V., Necker, F., Curry, J., Baik, F. M., Verma, A., Holsinger, F. C., Tuluc, M., Rahman, M., Lewis, J. S., Rosenthal, E., Topf, M. C. 2024


    Positive surgical margin rates remain high in head and neck cancer surgery. Relocation is challenging given the complex, three-dimensional (3D) anatomy.Prospective, multi-institutional study to determine accuracy of head and neck surgeons and pathologists relocating margins on virtual 3D specimen models using written descriptions from pathology reports. Using 3D models of 10 head and neck surgical specimens, each participant relocated 20 mucosal margins (10 perpendicular, 10 shave).A total of 32 participants, 23 surgeons and 9 pathologists, marked 640 margins. Of the 320 marked perpendicular margins, 49.7% were greater than 1 centimeter from the true margin with a mean relocation error of 10.2 mm. Marked shave margins overlapped with the true margin a mean 54% of the time, with no overlap in 44 of 320 (13.8%) shave margins.Surgical margin relocation is imprecise and challenging even for experienced surgeons and pathologists. New communication technologies are needed.

    View details for DOI 10.1002/hed.27793

    View details for PubMedID 38702976

  • Patient With Dysphonia. JAMA otolaryngology-- head & neck surgery Ng, C. H., Rahman, M., Damrose, E. J. 2024


    A male individual in his 60s had presented with a hoarse and weak voice and a history of follicular lymphoma with multiple relapses treated with an allogeneic stem cell transplant complicated by graft-vs-host disease treated with sirolimus and steroids. What is your diagnosis?

    View details for DOI 10.1001/jamaoto.2024.0057

    View details for PubMedID 38451545