Dr Wasserman’s research and professional interests involve all aspects of Cytopathology, especially thyroid disorders, head and neck neoplasms, and cervical cancer diagnosis and management. She serves as the Director of Cytopathology at Columbia University Medical Center where she specializes in the cytological diagnosis of neoplastic and non-neoplastic disorders. She is board-certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and obtained Added Qualification in Cytopathology by the American Board of Pathology.
She received her medical degree with Honors from the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine in Argentina. Following her residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, and fellowship in Cytopathology, at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, she joined Long Island Jewish Medical Center where she served as the Chief of the Division of Cytopathology. In 1999, she organized an independent Cytopathology fellowship-training program in the Department of Pathology and became the Director of the Cytopathology Fellowship at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. In 2009, she was named Senior Director of the Division of Cytopathology at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. In 2009, she received a Joint Appointment in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders at NSLIJHS.
Dr. Wasserman is actively involved in several professional societies, including College of American Pathologists, American Society of Cytopathology, International Academy of Cytology, Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology and American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology.
In 2012, Dr. Wasserman has been elected to serve as a Member of the Executive Board of the American Society of Cytopathology. She served as the ASC’s Chair of the Cytopathology Program Directors Committee, Member of the Continuing Education Oversight Committee and Member of the Foundation Board. From 2006 to 2012, she has been a Member of the College of American Pathologists Cytopathology Resource Committee where she was the co-editor of the FNA Online Educational Program. Dr. Wasserman served as a Member of the Education and QA Committee of the International Academy of Cytology and as a Member of the Pathology Committee of the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology.
Dr. Wasserman authored over sixty publications and abstracts and contributed to three book chapters. Her publications are included in peer-reviewed journals such as Acta Cytologica, Diagnostic Cytopathology, Cancer Cytopathology, Archives of Pathology and CytoJournal.
Davey DD and Wasserman P
. Cytopathology Fellowship Outcomes Assessment: Milestones and Evaluation Toolboxes. Cancer Cytopath 121(11), 638-43, 2013
Booth C, Bashleben C, Filomena C, Means M, Wasserman P
, Souers R, Henry M. Monitoring and Ordering Practices for Human Papillomavirus in Cervical Cytology. Findings from the College of American Pathologists Gynecologic Cytopathology Quality Consensus Conference Working Group 5. Arch Pathol Lab Med, vol 137: 214-219, 2013
Bajaj J, Sugrue C, Morgenstern N, Wasserman J, Wasserman P.
Clinical Impact of Second Opinion in Thyroid FNA - A Study of 922 Inter-institutional Consultations. Diagn Cytopathol 40(5): 422-0, 2012
Nayak A, Sugrue C, Wasserman P
, Koenig S, Hoda S, Morgenstern N. Endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspirate (EBUS-TBNA):A proposal for on-site adequacy criteria. Diagn Cytopathol 40(2), 128-37, 2012
Auger M, Khalbuss W, Nayar R, Zhao C, Wasserman PG
, Souers R, Thomas N, Moriarty A. Accuracy and False Positive Rate of the Cytologic Diagnosis of Follicular Cervicitis: Observations from the College of American Pathologists Pap Educational Program. Accepted to Archives of Pathology
Fischer A, Clayton A, Bentz J, Wasserman PG
, Henry M, Souers R, Moriarty A. Performance Differences between Conventional Smears and Liquid-based Preparations of Thyroid FNA Samples: Analysis of 47,076 Responses in the College of American Pathologists Interlaboratory Comparison Program in Nongynecologic Cytology (CAP NGC). Accepted to Archives of Pathology.
Clayton A, Wasserman PG
, Souers R, Chmara B, Rensahw A, Wilbur D, Moriarty A. The Multiple Faces of Carcinoid Tumor; Performance Characteristics of Low Grade Neuroendocrine Carcinoma Metastatic to the Liver in an Educational Interlaboratory Slide Comparison Program. Archives of Pathology 135(3):354-60, 2011
Bentz J, Wasserman P
, Soures R, Crothers B, Clayton A, Henry M, Chmara B, Laucirica R, Clary K, Fraig M, Moriarty A. Do Liquid-Based Preparations of Urine Cytology Perform Differently than Clasically Prepared Cases? Observations from the College of American Pathologists Interlaboratory Comparison Program in Non-Gynecologic Cytology. Arch Pathol Lab Med. Jan; 134(1):19-22, 2010
Clayton A, Bentz J, Wasserman P
, Schwartz M, Soures R, Crothers B, Chmara B, Laucirica R, Clary K, Moriarty A. Do Liquid-Based Preparations of Gastrointestinal Cytology Perform Differently than Conventionally Prepared Cases? Observations from the College of American pathologists Interlaboratory Comparison program in Nongynecologic Cytology. Archives of Pathology 134(8):1116-20, 2010
Laucirica R, Bentz JS, Souers RJ, Wasserman PG
, Crothers BA, Clayton AC, Henry MR, Chmara BA, Clary KM, Fraig MM, Moriarty AT. Do liquid-based preparations of urinary cytology perform differently than classically prepared cases? Observations from the College of American Pathologists Interlaboratory Comparison Program in Nongynecologic Cytology. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 134(1):19-22, 2010
Ihsane O, Klein M, Sugrue C, Morgenstern N, Douglas F, Wasserman, P
. Monophasic Parapharyngeal Synovial Sarcoma Diagnosed by Cytology, Immunocytochemistry and Molecular Pathology: Case Report and Review of the Literature. Diagnostic Cytopathology 38:822–827, 2010Wasserman P
, Shi Y. Cell Sample Preparation for Clinical Cytopathology: Current Status and Future Development. In Antigen Retrieval Immunohistochemistry Based Research and Diagnostics, Eds. S Shi and C Taylor, chapter13, p 219-234. 2010
Shi Y, Din X, Klein M, Sugrue C, Matano S, Edelman M, Wasserman P
.Thyroid Fine-Needle Aspiration with Atypical Follicular Cells of Undetermined Significance: A Necessary or Optional Category?, Cancer Cytopathology, Vol. 112, 5, 298-304, 2009. Wasserman P
, Schwartz M, Darragh T. Understanding HPV Testing’s Place in Primary Screening. CAP Today vol 21. #1, 42-47, January 2007
Yang J, Schnadig V, Logrono R, Wasserman P
. Fine Needle Aspiration of Thyroid Nodules. A Study of 4,703 Cases with Histological and Clinical Correlations. Cancer Cytopathology, 111;5,306-15, October 2007
Pu R, Yang J, Wasserman P
, Bhuiya T, Griffith K, and Michael C. Does Hurthle Cell Lesion/Neoplasm Predict Malignancy More Than Follicular Lesion/Neoplasm on Thyroid Fine-Needle Aspiration? Diagnostic Cytopathol, 34, 330-334, 2006
Wu M, Szporn A, Zhang D, Wasserman P
, Gan L, Miller M, Burstein D. Cytology Applications of p63 and TTF-1 Immunostaining in Differential Diagnosis of Lung Cancers. Diagnostic Cytopathology, vol 33 (4), 223-227, 2005
Liu W, Savargaonkar P, Spitzer M, Wasserman P
. Atypical Glandular Cells of Undetermined Significance: Significance of Cell Type and Age on Patient Management. J of Lower Genital Tract Disease, vol 6, number 2, 92-96, 2002.
Chen Y., Savargaonkar P., Fuchs A., Wasserman P
. Role of Flow Cytometry in the Diagnosis of Lymphadenopathy in Children. Diagn. Cytopathol. 26, 1, 5-9, 2002.Wasserman P
, Savargaonkar P. Paragangliomas: Classification, Pathology and Differential Diagnosis. Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America, vol 34, #5, 845-862, 2001.Wasserman P
. and Aziz M, Role of Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology in Clinical Practice. In Women’s Primary Health Care: Office Practice and Procedures, 2nd ed. V. Seltzer, MD and W. Pearse, MD, Eds. McGraw Hill, Chapter 53, p. 549-560, 2000.
Alvi A, Myssiorek D, Wasserman P
. Parathyroid Cyst: Current Diagnostic and Management Principles. Head & Neck 18:370-373, 1996.