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Aliyah R. Sohani, MD

Assistant Pathologist, Massachusetts General Hospital

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Sohani is the medical director of the Hematology section of the Core Laboratory, and practices in the Hematopathology, Clinical Coagulation and Laboratory Hematology services at Mass General Hospital.

Department of Pathology


  • Cancer Center
  • Lymphoma
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Thymoma
  • Hematology
  • Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Leukemia
Clinical Interests
Hemoglobin Electrophoresis
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, Harvard Medical School
Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
Anatomic Pathology & Clinical Pathology, American Board of Pathology
Hematology, American Board of Pathology
Patient Age Group
Adult and pediatric
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients


Dr. Sohani is a board-certified hematopathologist in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Hematology and her clinical areas of focus include Hematopathology, Hematology and Coagulation. She serves as Medical Director of the Hematology section of the Core Laboratory. In this role, her efforts have resulted in improved operations and clinical care in a number of areas, including enhanced detection of morphologic abnormalities in peripheral blood and body fluid specimens. She also oversees the Hematology Rotation, which constitutes part of the Clinical Pathology core training curriculum. In recognition of her teaching skills, she has received several awards from Mass General Hospital pathology residents, including the 2008 and 2012 Clinical Pathology Excellence in Teaching Awards. Her deep and abiding interest in issues related to delivery of pathology services in medically underserved and resource-challenged settings has led to the development of a web-based educational and diagnostic telepathology support network for pathologists practicing in such settings. She also serves as a mentor to pathologists in the developing world in establishing research programs and in bringing new diagnostic tests into the clinical realm.


Dr. Sohani's major research interest is in the identification of novel pathologic, immunophenotypic and molecular markers in lymphoma that may help to define new clinicopathologic entities and predict tumor behavior and response to therapy.  She was the lead author on a study that was the first to describe an unusual, non-neoplastic CD4+CD8dim+ T-cell population in nodular lymphocyte predominant Hodgkin's lymphoma (NLPHL).  The recognition of this population has enhanced the diagnostic role of flow cytometry in Hodgkin's lymphoma, and suggests a pathogenetic function for non-neoplastic T cells in this disease.  This finding is included among the diagnostic criteria for NLPHL in the 2008 WHO Classification of Tumours of Haematopoietic and Lymphoid Tissues.  Many of her ongoing studies are in collaboration with the Mass General Hospital Cancer Center, and in this capacity she led a multidisciplinary team of investigators in characterizing a group of high-grade B-cell neoplasms with concurrent MYC and IGH-BCL2 rearrangements.  This study currently represents the best characterized group of these rare lymphomas from a pathological standpoint.  In addition to her research interests in lymphoma, Dr. Sohani is exploring ways that telemedicine and web-based learning can be used to enhance the delivery of pathology services in resource-limited settings and provide educational support to pathologists practicing in medically underserved regions of the world.

Pathology Associates
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-726-2967
Fax: 617-726-7474

Pathology Associates
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-726-2967
Fax: 617-726-7474

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