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James Frederick Catroppo

Title: Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
Department: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
School of Medicine Columbia
Phone: 803-216-3407

Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
Basic Science Bldg 1, B-29



Surgical Pathology Fellowship:
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Pathology Fellowship: 
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
MD: L’Università degli Studi     
“La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy

Combined Anatomic/Clinical Pathology (AP/CP) Residency:
St. Barnabas Health Care System, New Jersey


Dr. Catroppo received his AB in Biological Sciences from the Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences and his MD degree with honors from the University of Rome "La Sapienza" (Italy). He subsequently completed residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology at St. Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey, training under Dr. Robert V.P. Hutter (the then editor of the journal Cancer), where he served as Chief Resident as a PGY-4, and specialty training in gastrointestinal pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) under Dr. Leslie Sobin (Chairman of the TNM Prognostic Factors Project of the International Union Against Cancer (UICC)). Before coming to the University of South Carolina School of Medicine he completed successive fellowship training programs in surgical as well as genitourinary pathology at the University of Pittsburgh under Drs. E. Leon Barnes (Director of the Surgical Pathology Fellowship program) and Rajiv Dhir (Director of the Genitourinary Pathology Fellowship program as well as Director of the Health Sciences Tissue Bank). He also trained in transplantation pathology under Dr. Anthony Demetris at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh and the Mediterranean Institute for Transplantation and Specialized Therapies (ISMETT) in Palermo, Italy. His most recent academic posting was as an assistant professor of pathology at the Ross University School of Medicine, Commonwealth of Dominica, where he taught general and organ systems-based pathology, as well as serving as course director for the general pathology course, over a period of four years. He has a passion for teaching, medical education research initiatives and educational leadership, and has been awarded the DeVry “Legacy of Service Award” on two successive occasions, each time after recommendation and nomination by his own students. During his time at Ross University, he was deeply involved as an initiator and developer of the institution’s Master Educator Training Program (METP), as well as mentor to medical education fellows in the program (one of whom went on to receive a Teacher of the Year award), while serving as Vice-Chair of the Faculty Development Committee and Chair of the Medical Library Committee. He has particular didactic interest in pediatric and genetic pathology, pathology of the upper aerodigestive tract, and reproductive system pathology, as well as research experience in pathology of the prostate gland. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Group for Research in Pathology Education (GRIPE), the Team-Based Learning Collaborative (TBLC), the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP), the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), the College of American Pathologists (CAP), the American Medical Association (AMA), the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE), the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME), and the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), from which he holds an Essential Skills in Medical Education (ESME) certificate.


  • Catroppo JF, Datta MW, Kajdacsy-Balla AA, Monzon-Bordonaba FA, Dhir R, Parwani AW. Expression and diagnostic utility of alpha-methylacyl-CoA-racemase (P504S) in prostatic duct adenocarcinoma. MS. in preparation
  • Dhir R, Catroppo JF, Parwani AV et al. Renal cell carcinoma subtyping: histologic correlation with immunohistochemical and in situ hybridization (FISH) parameters. MS. in preparation for American Journal of Pathology
  • Dhir R, Rao U, Hrebinko R, Catroppo JF, Recavarren R. Carcinosarcoma of the urinary bladder with chondrosarcomatous and divergent neuroendocrine differentiation: a case report. MS. in preparation for American Journal of Surgical Pathology
  • Lara JF, Catroppo JF, Kim DU, Da Costa D. Dendriform pulmonary ossification, a form of diffuse pulmonary ossification: report of a 26-year autopsy experience. Arch Pathol Lab Med2005; 129: 348-53
  • Catroppo J, Olesnicky L et al. Intramuscular low-grade myxoid neoplasm with recurrent potential (cellular myxoma) of the lower extremity: case report with cytohistologic correlation and review of the literature. Diagn Cytopathol 2002;26(5):301-5
  • Catroppo JF and Lara JF. Metastatic metaplastic carcinoma of the breast (MCB): an uncharacteristic pattern of presentation with clinicopathologic correlation. Diagn Cytopathol2001;25(5):285-91
  • Terrinoni V, Catroppo J, Caramanico L et al. Inquadramento diagnostico-terapeutico delle ferite epatiche: revisione della letteratura e caso clinico [The diagnostic-therapeutic picture in liver injuries: a review of the literature and clinical cases]. G Chir 1995;16(1/2):48-54


  • Grell G, McIntyre R, Bellot P, Catroppo J, Emmanuel R. Linking Three University Clinical Sites in the Caribbean Through Video Teleconferencing of Clinico-Pathological Conferences (CPCs) to Integrate the Teaching of Clinical and Basic Sciences. Accepted for Poster Presentation at the 2010 Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Conference.
  • Immunohistochemical Profile of Renal Epithelial Neoplasm (REN)s: An Institutional Experience with 92 Consecutive Cases. Abstract Selected for Poster Presentation at the 2006 USCAP Annual Meeting (Abstract/Poster Number 590)
  • Fluorescence In-Situ Hybridization (FISH) Profile of Renal Epithelial Neoplasms (REN): An Institutional Experience with 92 Consecutive Cases. Abstract Selected for Poster Presentation at the 2006 USCAP Annual Meeting (Abstract/Poster Number 591)
  • Immunohistochemical Expression of Alpha-Methylacyl-Coa Racemase  in Ductal Adenocarcinoma of the Prostate.  Abstract Selected for Poster Presentation at the 2005 USCAP Annual Meeting (Abstract/Poster Number 96)
  • Dendriform Pulmonary Ossification: Report of an Autopsy Series.  Abstract Selected for Poster Presentation at the 2001USCAP Annual Meeting (Abstract 8/Poster 5)

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