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Laila Khazai, MD

Specialty: Pathology
Program: Anatomic Pathology

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Dr. Khazai earned her medical degree at the Mashhad University of Medical Sciences in Iran, followed by a residency in surgical pathology at Vanderbilt University Medical School. She then completed two fellowships: one in cytopathology and another in breast pathology, both at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is board certified in cytopathology.

Education & Training

Board Certification:

  • Anatomic Pathology
  • Cytopathology


  • University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center - Cytopathology
  • University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center - Breast Pathology


  • Vanderbilt University Medical School - Surgical Pathology

Medical School:

  • Mashad University of Medical Sciences - MD
Participating Trials

A Phase I-II Study of Interferon-gamma Plus Weekly Paclitaxel, Trastuzumab and Pertuzumab in Patients with HER-2 Positive Breast Cancer
Condition: Breast
Intervention: Herceptin (Trastuzumab); Pertuzumab; Taxol (paclitaxel); Trastuzumab; interferon gamma (Actimmune); paclitaxel; rhuMAb HER2 (Trastuzumab)

If you believe you are eligible for one of these trials or studies, please call
1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488).


  • Marshall C, Mounzer R, Hall M, Simon V, Centeno B, Dennis K, Dhillon J, Fan F, Khazai L, Klapman J, Komanduri S, Lin X, Lu D, Mehrotra S, Muthusamy VR, Nayar R, Paintal A, Rao J, Sams S, Shah J, Watson R, Rastogi A, Wani S. Suboptimal Agreement Among Cytopathologists in Diagnosis of Malignancy Based on Endoscopic Ultrasound Needle Aspirates of Solid Pancreatic Lesions: A Validation Study. Clin Gastroenterol H. 2017 Sep. Pubmedid: 28911946.
  • Valderrabano P, Khazai L, Thompson ZJ, Leon ME, Otto KJ, Hallanger-Johnson JE, Wadsworth JT, Wenig BM, Chung CH, Centeno BA, McIver B. Cancer Risk Stratification of Indeterminate Thyroid Nodules: A Cytological Approach. Thyroid. 2017 Oct;27(10):1277-1284. Pubmedid: 28806881.
  • Khazai L, Agosto-Arroyo E, Rosa M. P40 Immunostain Does Not Outperform p63 as a Myoepithelial Cell Marker in the Daily Practice of Breast Pathology. Appl Immunohistochem Mol Morphol. 2017 May. Pubmedid: 28549030.
  • Agosto-Arroyo E, Rosa M, Chau A, Khazai L. Concurrent BRAF and PTEN mutations in melanoma of unknown origin presenting as a breast mass. SAGE Open Med Case Rep. 2017 May;5. Pubmedid: 28607685. Pmcid: PMC5456025.
  • Valderrabano P, Khazai L, Leon ME, Thompson ZJ, Ma Z, Chung CH, Hallanger-Johnson JE, Otto KJ, Rogers KD, Centeno B, McIver B. Evaluation of ThyroSeq v2 performance in thyroid nodules with indeterminate cytology. Endocr Relat Cancer. 2017 Mar;24(3):127-136. Pubmedid: 28104680.
  • Rosa M, Khazai L. Comparison of HER2 testing among laboratories: Our experience with review cases retested at Moffitt Cancer Center in a two-year period. Breast J. 2017 Jul. Pubmedid: 28703376.
  • Valderrabano P, Khazai L, Thompson ZJ, Sharpe SC, Tarasova VD, Otto KJ, Hallanger-Johnson JE, Wadsworth JT, Wenig BM, Chung CH, Centeno BA, McIver B. Cancer Risk Associated with Nuclear Atypia in Cytologically Indeterminate Thyroid Nodules: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Thyroid. 2017 Dec. Pubmedid: 29160163.
  • Valderrabano P, Montilla Soler J, Mifsud MJ, Leon ME, Centeno BA, Khazai L, Padhya T, McCaffrey TV, Russell JS, McIver B, Otto KJ. Hypermetabolism on (18)F-Fluorodeoxyglucose Positron Emission Tomography Scan Does Not Influence the Interpretation of Thyroid Cytopathology, and Nodules with a SUVmax <2.5 Are Not at Increased Risk for Malignancy. Thyroid. 2016 Sep;26(9):1300-1307. Pubmedid: 27324615.
  • Valderrabano P, Leon ME, Centeno BA, Otto KJ, Khazai L, McCaffrey JC, Russell JS, McIver B. Institutional prevalence of malignancy of indeterminate thyroid cytology is necessary but insufficient to accurately interpret molecular marker tests. Eur J Endocrinol. 2016 May;174(5):621-629. Pubmedid: 26903551.
  • Khazai L, Falcon S, Rosa M. Metastatic Salivary Duct Carcinoma to the Breast. Breast J. 2016 Jul;22(4):461-463. Pubmedid: 27089239.
  • Khazai L, Chau A, Hoover S, Rosa M. Papillary endothelial hyperplasia arising in the irradiated breast: A diagnostic dilemma. Pathol Res Pract. 2016 Jul;212(7):604-607. Pubmedid: 27157404.
  • Khazai L, Middleton LP, Goktepe N, Liu BT, Sahin AA. Breast pathology second review identifies clinically significant discrepancies in over 10% of patients. J Surg Oncol. 2015 Feb;111(2):192-197. Pubmedid: 25273328.
  • Patel BK, Jafarian N, Abbott AM, Khazai L, Lee MC. Imaging Findings and Management of Primary Breast Cancer in Accessory Axillary Breast Tissue. Clin Breast Cancer. 2015 Aug;15(4):e223-e229. Pubmedid: 25986957.
  • Khazai L, Rosa M. Use of Immunohistochemical Stains in Epithelial Lesions of the Breast. Cancer Control. 2015 Apr;22(2):220-225. Pubmedid: 26068768.
  • Khazai L, Kundu UR, Jacob B, Patel S, Sneige N, Eapen GA, Morice RC, Caraway NP. Endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration biopsy is useful evaluating mediastinal lymphadenopathy in a cancer center. Cytojournal. 2011 Jul;8:10. Pubmedid: 21712956. Pmcid: PMC3120041.
  • Resetkova E, Khazai L, Albarracin CT, Arribas E. Clinical and radiologic data and core needle biopsy findings should dictate management of cellular fibroepithelial tumors of the breast. Breast J. 2010 Nov;16(6):573-580. Pubmedid: 21070433.
  • Dimashkieh HH, Khazai L, Novak GD, Casey MB. Pathologic quiz case: an 83-year-old woman with a uterine cervical mass. Adenoid cystic carcinoma. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2004 Jul;128(7):817-818. Pubmedid: 15214839.