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Cory A. Roberts, MD, MBA

Board Certifications

Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

Locations

ProPath

Biography

ProPath, a Sonic Healthcare anatomic pathology practice, is privileged to include Cory A. Roberts, M.D., M.B.A., F.C.A.P., as a leader of its dynamic medical staff. Dr. Roberts is a board-certified pathologist who brings robust experience, an extensive publication record, and a strong collection of leadership roles to his position. Dr. Roberts is the president of ProPath and  Sonic Healthcare USA Anatomic Pathology Division.

Dr. Roberts graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Morningside University in Sioux City, Iowa. He earned his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. This was followed by a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Texas in Dallas. He served his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he held the position of chief resident.

Dr. Roberts started as an assistant professor and residency program director at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He held additional appointments at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center where he was clinical associate professor and an adjunct associate professor in the pathology department. He has held numerous director positions in various healthcare settings. He was the director of anatomic pathology and medical director at St. Paul University Hospital. He was the medical director of laboratory at North Texas Surgery Center and Walnut Hill Medical Center in Dallas and held the position of medical director for both ProPath Services and ProPath Associates. Dr. Roberts was the chief executive officer and director of gastrointestinal pathology at ProPath for over 20 years and still holds the position of president, which he has held since 2000. In addition to his leadership roles at ProPath, Dr. Roberts is the current president of Sonic Healthcare USA Anatomic Pathology Division.

Dr. Roberts has an extensive list of publications, presentations, and webinars, including five book chapters and four books. He’s published peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Academic Pathology, American Journal of Gastroenterology, and the American Journal of Clinical Pathology, among many others. He’s had book chapters published in several different editions of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Board Review: Pearls of Wisdom and has a chapter published in Professionalism in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Dr. Roberts has published three editions of Pathology Board Review Pearls of Wisdom for Residents and an edition of Pathology Medical Student USMLE Part 1 Pearls of Wisdom. He was also a peer reviewer for the journals Pediatric Transplantation, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, and BMJ Case Reports.

Dr. Roberts is a member of professional organizations such as the American College of Gastroenterology, American Society for Clinical Pathology, and the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, among others. He is a fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association and the College of American Pathologists.

Dr. Roberts holds full medical licensure and is board-certified in anatomic and clinical pathology.

 

Education

Morningside University (BS)
Sioux City, IA

University of Nebraska Medical Center (MD)
Omaha, NE

University of North Texas (MBA)
Dallas, TX

 

Postgraduate Training

Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency
(Chief Resident)
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE

 

Professional Memberships

College of American Pathologists, Fellow

American Gastroenterological Association, Fellow

American College of Gastroenterology

American Society for Clinical Pathology

Dallas County Medical Society

Texas Society of Pathology

Texas Medical Association

United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology

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Webinars

  1. Roberts CA, Dash RC, Lee KB. Transforming Pathology through Innovation. Webinar featuring an international panel to discuss the benefits of the digital transformation of pathology labs and practices, including advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning.
    Presented in conjunction with Leica Biosystems, December 8, 2021.

  2. Roberts CA. COVID-19 Lessons Learned – Financial, Operational and HR. Webinar on key cash conservation steps, appropriate crisis messaging to build trust, and employee critical safety measures.
    Presented on December 17, 2020.

  3. Roberts CA, Sipes P. Anatomic Pathology During the Pandemic: Two Pathology Supergroups Share Their Setbacks, Strategies, Solutions, and Successes. “Virtual Executive War College on Lab and Pathology Management,” a conference on lab management knowledge, intelligence, and innovation.
    Presented in conjunction with Incyte Diagnostics, August 11, 2020.

  4. Snyder J, Roberts CA, Goldfinger M. Future-Proofing Inflammatory Bowel Disease Diagnosis and Clinical Trials. Webinar reviewing the challenges of IBD clinical trials and how future pragmatic trial designs, imaging, and machine learning can change the regulatory landscape.
    Presented in conjunction with CATO SMS and Perspectum, June 23, 2020.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  1. Timmons CF Jr, Black-Schaffer WS, Naritoku WY, Powell SZ, Johnson KA, Brissette MD, Childs JM, Conran RM, Dixon LR, George MR, Gratzinger D, McCloskey CB, Prieto VG, Roberts CA, Rojiani AM, Shyu I, Hoffman RD. Entry of graduates of US pathology residency programs into the workforce: cohort data between 2008 and 2016 remain positive and stable. Acad Pathol. 2020. doi.org/10.1177/2374289520901833.

  2. Shyu I, Johnson KA, George, MR, Gratzinger D, Brissette MD, Childs JM, Conran RM, Dixon LR, McCloskey CB, Prieto VG, Roberts CA, Rojiani AM, Timmons CF Jr, Hoffman RD. Gender parity in gainful employment and other gender trends in the job market for recent pathology graduates. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2020;144(4):435-442.

  3. George MR, Johnson KA, Gratzinger DA, Brissette MD, McCloskey CB, Conran RM, Dixon LR, Roberts CA, Rojiani AM, Timmons CF Jr, Hoffman RD. Will I need to move to get my first job?: geographic relocation and other trends in the pathology job market. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2019 October. 2020;144(4):427-434.

  4. Conran RM, Powell SZ, Domen RE, McCloskey CB, Brissette MD, Cohen DA, Dixon LR, George MR, Gratzinger DA, Post MD, Roberts CA, Rojiani AM, Timmons CF Jr, Johnson K, Hoffman RD. Development of professionalism in graduate medical education: a case-based educational approach from the College of American Pathologists’ Graduate Medical Education Committee. Acad Pathol. 2018;5. doi: 10.1177/2374289518773493.

  5. Gratzinger D, Johnson KA, Brissette MD, Cohen D, Rojiani AM, Conran RM, Hoffman RD, Post MD, McCloskey CB, Roberts CA, Domen RE, Talbert ML, Powell SZ. The recent pathology residency graduate job search experience: a synthesis of 5 years of College of American Pathologists job market surveys. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2018;142(4):490-495.

  6. Brissette MD, Johnson KA, Raciti PM, McCloskey CB, Gratzinger DA, Conran RM, Domen RE, Hoffman RD, Post MD, Roberts CA, Rojiani AM, Powell SZ. Perceptions of unprofessional attitudes and behaviors: implications for faculty role modeling and teaching professionalism during pathology residency. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2017;141(10):1394-1401.

  7. McCloskey CB, Domen RE, Conran RM, Hoffman RD, Post MD, Brissette MD, Gratzinger DA, Raciti PM, Cohen DA, Roberts CA, Rojiani AM, Kong CS, Peterson JG, Johnson KA, Plath S, Powell SZ. Entrustable professional activities for pathology: recommendations from the College of American Pathologists Graduate Medical Education Committee. Acad Pathol. 2017;4. doi:10.1177/2374289517714283.

  8. Domen RE, Johnson K, Conran RM, Hoffman RD, Post MD, Steinberg JJ, Brissette MD, Gratzinger DA, McCloskey CB, Raciti PM, Roberts CA, Rojiani AM, Powell SZ. Professionalism in pathology: a case-based approach as a potential educational tool. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2017 Feb; 141(2):215-219.

  9. Post MD, Johnson K, Brissette MD, Conran RM, Domen RE, Hoffman RD, McCloskey CB, Raciti PM, Roberts CA, Rojiani AM, Tucker JA, Powell SZ. Employer expectations for newly trained pathologists: report of a survey from the Graduate Medical Education Committee of the College of American Pathologists. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2017;141(2):193-202.
  10. Domen RE, Talbert ML, Johnson K, Post MD, Brissette MD, Conran RM, Hoffman RD, McCloskey CB, Raciti PM, Roberts CA, Rojiani AM, Tucker JA, Powell SZ. Assessment and management of professionalism issues in pathology residency training: results from surveys and a workshop by the Graduate Medical Education Committee of American Pathologists. Acad Pathol. 2015;2(3). doi:10.1177/2374289515592887.

  11. Nielsen JA, Lager DJ, Lewin M, Rendon G, Roberts CA. The optimal number of biopsy fragments to establish a morphologic diagnosis of eosinophilic esophagitis. Am J Gastroenterol. 2014;109(4):515-520.

  12. Nielsen JA, Roberts CA, Lager DJ, Putcha RV, Jain R, Lewin M. Lymphocytic gastritis is not associated with active Helicobacter pylori infection. Helicobacter. 2014;19(5):349-355.

  13. Nielsen JA, Putcha RV, Roberts CA. The increasing incidence of remote metastasis: a case report of metastatic hepatocellular carcinoma to the recto-sigmoid. Tumori. 2014;100(2):e31-e34.

  14. Nielsen JA, Lager DJ, Lewin M, Weber JJ, Roberts CA. Incidence of diagnostic change in colorectal polyp specimens after deeper sectioning at 2 different laboratories staffed by the same pathologists. Am J Clin Pathol. 2013;140(2):231-237.

  15. Nielsen JA, Law RM, Fiman KH, Roberts CA. Esophageal lichen planus: a case report and review of the literature. World J Gastroenterol. 2013;19(14):2278-2281.

  16. Rakheja D, Molberg K, Roberts CA, Jaiswal V. Immunohistochemical expression of beta-catenin in solitary fibrous tumors. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2005;129(6):776-779.

  17. Litz CE, Beitsch PD, Roberts CA, Ewing G, Clifford E. Intraoperative cytologic diagnosis of breast sentinel lymph nodes in the routine, nonacademic setting: a highly specific test with limited sensitivity. Breast J. 2004;10(5):383-387.

  18. Roberts CA, Beitsch PD, Litz CE, et al. Interpretive disparity among pathologists in breast sentinel lymph node evaluation. Am J Surg. 2003;186(4):324-329.

  19. Roberts CA, Stern DL, Radio SJ. Asymmetric cardiac hypertrophy at autopsy in patients who received FK506 (tacrolimus) or cyclosporine A after liver transplant. Transplantation. 2002;74(6):817-821.

  20. Roberts CA, Radio SJ, Markin RS, Wisecarver JL, Langnas AN. Histopathologic evaluation of primary intestinal transplant recipients at autopsy: a single-center experience. Transplant Proc. 2000;32(6):1202-1203.

  21. Bridge JA, Roberts CA, Degenhardt J, Walker C. Low-level chromosome 12 amplification in a primary lipoma of the lung: evidence for a pathogenic relationship with common adipose tissue tumors. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 1998;122(2):187-190.

  22. Weibolt VM, Buresh CJ, Roberts CA, et al. Involvement of 3q21 in nodular fasciitis. Cancer Genet Cytogenet. 1998;106(2):177-179.

  23. Roberts CA, Seemayer TA, Neff JR, Alonso A, Nelson M, Bridge JA. Translocation (X;18) in primary synovial sarcoma of the lung. Cancer Genet Cytogenet. 1996;88:49-52.

Book Chapters

  1. Rojiani AM, Johnson K, Roberts CA. Professionalism across organizational culture and leadership. In: Domen RE, Conran RM, Hoffman RD, McCloskey CB, Powell SZE, eds. Professionalism in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.Northfield, IL: College of American Pathologists; 2020:29-32.

  2. Roberts CA. Gastrointestinal pathology. In: DiBaise J, ed. Gastroenterology and Hepatology Board Review: Pearls of Wisdom. 3rd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical; 2012.

  3. Roberts CA. Hepatobiliary pathology. In: DiBaise J, ed. Gastroenterology and Hepatology Board Review: Pearls of Wisdom. 3rd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical; 2012:399-421.

  4. Roberts CA. Hepatobiliary Pathology. In: DiBaise J, ed. Gastroenterology and Hepatology Board Review: Pearls of Wisdom. Boston, MA: Boston Medical Publishing; 2000.

  5. Roberts CA. Gastrointestinal pathology. In: DiBasie J, ed. Gastroenterology and Hepatology Board Review: Pearls of Wisdom. Boston, MA: Boston Medical Publishing; 2000.

Books

  1. Roberts CAPathology Board Review Pearls of Wisdom for Residents. 3rd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, Appleton & Lange; 2006.

  2. Roberts CAPathology Board Review Pearls of Wisdom for Residents. 2nd ed. Boston, MA: Boston Medical Publishing; 2002.

  3. Roberts CAPathology Medical Student USMLE Part 1 Pearls of Wisdom. Boston, MA: Boston Medical Publishing; 2000.

  4. Roberts CAPathology Board Review Pearls of Wisdom for Residents. Boston, MA: Boston Medical Publishing; 1999.

Abstracts

  1. Murphy KM, Lastufka CL, Wicks K, Lewis A, Weatherhead K, Fratto A, Pirtle C, Fourment C, Ritter T, Pieper A, Roberts CA. KRAS mutations in tissue samples from Cologuard-positive patients. Association for Molecular Pathology Meeting, San Antonio, TX, 2018.

  2. Wibisono A, Hosler GA, Murphy KM, Roberts CA, Youens KE. Clinical experience using genetic identity testing in an anatomic pathology lab. College of American Pathologists, 2015. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2015;139(10):e123.

  3. Sorouri M, Lager DJ, Lewin M, Seif FG, Fourment C, Roberts CA, Ritter T. Melanosis coli and tubular adenomas: a microscopic evaluation. American College of Gastroenterology, 2015.

  4. Sorouri M, Seif FG, Fourment C, Lager DJ, Roberts CA, Ritter T, Lewin M. Initial diagnosis of a common hematological malignancy in a screening colonoscopy. American College of Gastroenterology, 2015.

  5. Sorouri M, Murphy KM, Roberts CA, Youens KE. Implementation of an age-based HPV testing protocol improves adherence to national cervical cancer screening guidelines [abstract 1239]. USCAP Meeting, Boston, MA, 2015. Mod Pathol. 2015;28(suppl 2s):309A.

  6. Nielsen JA, Lager DJ, Roberts CA, Lewin M. Fundic gland polyps with dysplasia [abstract 1904757]. DDW Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2014. Gastroenterology. 2014;146(5)(suppl 1):S-317.

  7. Lager DJ, Nielsen JA, Lewin M, Roberts CA. Esophageal squamous papilloma: no correlation with intraepithelial eosinophils [abstract 758]. USCAP Meeting, San Diego, CA, 2014. Mod Pathol. 2014;27(suppl 2s):186A.

  8. Lager DJ, Nielsen JA, Lewin M, Roberts CA. Brunner gland cysts: morphologic and endoscopic features [abstract 675]. USCAP Meeting, Baltimore, MD, 2013. Mod Pathol. 2013;26(suppl 2s):162A.

  9. Nielsen JA, Lager DJ, Lewin M, Roberts CA. The optimal number of biopsy fragments to establish a diagnosis of eosinophilic esophagitis [abstract 696]. USCAP Meeting, Baltimore, MD, 2013. Mod Pathol. 2013;26(suppl 2s):168A.

  10. Nielsen JA, Lager DJ, Lewin M, Weber J, Roberts CA. Digging deeper into problematic polyps: incidence of diagnostic change in colorectal polyp specimens after deeper sectioning at two different laboratories [abstract 697]. USCAP Meeting, Baltimore, MD, 2013. Mod Pathol. 2013;26(suppl 2s):168A-169A.

  11. Nielsen JA, Lewin M, Jain R, Putcha R, Lager DJ, Roberts CA. Microscopic colitis: endoscopic and morphologic correlation [abstract 1598954]. DDW Meeting, Orlando, FL, 2013. Gastroenterology. 2013;144(5)(suppl 1):S-440-S-441.

  12. Nielsen JA, Roberts CA, Lager DJ, Putcha R, Jain R, Lewin M. Lymphocytic gastritis is not associated with Helicobacter pylori infection [abstract 1597899]. DDW Meeting, Orlando, FL, 2013. Gastroenterology. 2013;144(5)(suppl 1):S-327.

  13. Nielsen JA, Lewin M, Roberts CA, Rendon G, Lager DJ. Eosinophilic esophagitis in adults: incidence of self-reported drug allergies [abstract 1597800]. DDW Meeting, Orlando, FL, 2013. 2013;144(5)(suppl 1):S-497.

  14. Palazzo J, Minimo C, Schroer K, Peake ML, Bluth R, McCue P, Hollman J, Roberts CA, Sahoo S, Barker RL, Graner S, Wiese D, Oza R, Hoon DS, Hoda S. Rapid molecular assay for detection of nodal metastases had higher sensitivity compared to frozen section intra-operative histology in subjects with different types of invasive breast carcinomas. American Society of Breast Surgeons Meeting, 2013.

  15. Roberts CA, Beitsch PD, Litz CE, Ewing GE, Hilton DS, Clifford E, Taylor W, Hapke MR, Babaian A, Khalid I, Hall J, Lindberg G, Molberg K, and Saboorian H. Pathologists interpretative disparity in breast sentinel lymph nodes [pdb]. American Society of Breast Surgeons Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 2003.

  16. Litz CE, Beitsch PD, Clifford E, Roberts CA, Ewing, G. Intraoperative axillary sentinel lymph node touch imprints lack sensitivity in detecting metastatic breast carcinoma. 24th Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, San Antonio, TX, 2001.

  17. Roberts CA, Langnas AN, Radio SJ, Wiscarver JL, Markin RS. Infectious complications in small bowel transplant patients at autopsy. Mod Pathol. 2000;13(1):6A.

  18. Radio SJ, Roberts CA, Wisecarver JL. Vascular pathology in small bowel allograft explants. Mod Pathol. 2000;13(1):87A.

  19. Olusola BF, Roberts CA, Mialliar M, Donovan JP. Endometriosis of the liver – a differential diagnosis of cystic liver mass. American College of Gastroenterology National Fellows Forum, Carlsbad, CA, 2000.

  20. Roberts CA, Markin RS, Radio SJ, Wisecarver JL, Langnas A. Histopathologic evaluation of primary intestinal transplant recipients at autopsy: a single center experience. VI International Small Bowel Transplant Symposium, Omaha, NE, 1999.

  21. Radio SJ, Roberts CA, Wisecarver JL, Markin RS, Langnas AN, Sudan D. Pathology of explanted small bowel allografts. VI International Small Bowel Transplant Symposium, Omaha, NE, 1999.
  22. Roberts CA. Malignant tumors in 894 consecutive explanted native livers: the University of Nebraska experience. Mod Pathol. 1998;11(1):156A.

  23. Roberts CA, Kobayashi L, Radio SJ. Coronary artery disease in liver allograft recipients. Mod Pathol. 1997;10(1):29A.

  24. Roberts CA, Radio SJ. Cardiomyopathy of liver transplantation. Mod Pathol. 1997;10(1):29A.

  25. Roberts CA, Stern DL, Langnas AN, Radio SJ. Cardiac findings at autopsy in patients receiving FK506 after orthotopic liver transplant. American Society of Transplant Physicians Scientific Meeting, Dallas, TX, 1996.

  26. Roberts CA, Godfrey M, Cisler J, McManus B, Radio SJ. Fibrillin expression in thoracic aortas of patients with Marfan syndrome and non-Marfan aneurysms. Mod Pathol. 1996;9(1):30A.

Congressional Testimony

  1. Laboratory Personnel Workforce Shortage. 107th Congress, 1st Session, Committee on Energy and Commerce – Subcommittee on Health. Washington, D.C.; August 1, 2001.
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