Paul E. Wakely, Jr., MD


Dr. Wakely is a board-certified surgical pathologist and cytopathologist specializing in fine needle aspiration cytopathology, head/neck pathology, and soft tissue/bone pathology. He has been in practice since 1983, and a tenured professor in the Department. He is a frequent speaker at regional, national, and international courses regarding these subjects.

His research involves application of new technologies to the detection and diagnosis of head/neck and soft tissue/bone neoplasms. Dr. Wakely has collaborated with the Thyroid Cancer Unit for more than 15 years and serve as a co-Investigator for the Pathology and Clinical Correlation Core of the OSU Thyroid Cancer P01 SPORE Grant in which he has been responsible for pathology review of thyroid tissue/tumors collected from patients. He has also provided thyroid cancer-specific reviews of tissues for clinical trials in thyroid cancer and also from tissue microarrays and other samples collected as part of the Endocrine Neoplasia Repository.

He is currently an associate editor of the Journal of American Society of Cytopathology, and previously served as associate editor of Cancer Cytopathology for ten years. As an educator, he currently serves on the Education Committee of the U.S./Canadian Academy of Pathology, and previously served on the American Board of Pathology test development & advisory committee. Prior awards include the M-II pathology teaching award (OSU), the anatomic pathology resident teaching award (twice), and Y. Oertel Interventional Cytopathologist Award from the Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology.

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