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Lorinda Soma, MD

photo Dr. Lorinda Soma

Assistant Professor;
Associate Director, Hematopathology Laboratory

Contact Information

University of Washington
Department of Laboratory Medicine, NW120
Box 357110
1959 Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195-7110
Tel: 206.598.7709
Fax: 206.598.6189

Personal Biography

Dr. Soma is married to Dr. Andy Jacobson, and has three dependents (two dogs, Indy and Nigel, and a quarter horse, Tucker). Her primary interest is evaluation of neoplastic and non-neoplastic lymphoid proliferations (nodal and extranodal).

Education and Training

  • Bachelor of Arts, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN (Honors Biology; Magna Cum Laude), 1994
  • Medical Doctorate, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN (Alpha Omega Alpha), 1998
  • Resident, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Philadelphia, PA, 1998-2002
  • Fellow, Mayo Medical Center, Surgical Pathology, Rochester, MN, 2002-2003
  • Fellow, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Hematopathology, Pittsburgh, PA, 2003-2005

Clinical Interests

  • Nodal and extranodal lymphomas
  • Reactive lymphoid hyperplasias

Research Interests

  • Neoplastic and non-neoplastic lymphoid proliferations of extranodal sites
  • Novel markers to aid in the distinction of leukemia from regenerative blasts

Current Research

  • Evaluation of hematopoietic proliferations in the breast and associated with IgG4 related diseases
  • Immunohistochemical analysis of differentially expressed antigens in leukemiac and regenerative stem cells in post therapeutic bone marrows of patients with acute myeloid leukemia

Selected Publications

  1. Flanagan M, Sathanoori M, Surti U, Soma L, Swerdlow S. Cytogenetic Abnormalities Detected by Fluorescence in Situ Hybridization on Paraffin Embedded Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia / Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma Lymphoid Tissue Biopsies, AJCP, 2008;130:620-627.
  2. Craig F, Soma L, Melan M, Kant J, Swerdlow S. MUM1/IRF4 expression in the circulating compartment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Leuk Lymphoma, 2008 Feb; 49(2):273-80.
  3. Jacobs SA, Vidnovic N, Patel H, Soma LA, Change Y, Bass N, Swerdlow SH, Durable remission of HIV-negative, Kasposi's sarcoma herpes virus-associated multicentric Castleman disease in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis treated with methotrexate. Clin Rheumatol., 2007 July;26(7):1148-50.
  4. Soma L, Craig F, Swerdlow, The Proliferation Center Microenvironment and Prognostic Markers in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia/Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma. Hum Pathol, 2006 Feb; 37(2):152-159.
  5. Soma L, Gollin SM, Remstein ED, Ketterling RP, Flynn HC, Rajasenan KK, Swerdlow SH, Splenic small B-cell lymphoma with IGH/BCL3 translocation. Hum Pathol, 2006 Feb;37(2): 218-30.

Honors and Awards

  • Chief Resident in Anatomic Pathology, University of Pennsylvania, 200-01
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, University of Minnesota Medical School, 1998
  • Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation, University of Minnesota Medical School, 1998
  • N.L. and Sara Gault Award, University of Minnesota Medical School, 1997
  • Academic honors in Pathoshysiology, Pathology and Pharmacology, University of Minnesota Medical School, 1996
  • Sauer Scholarship, University of Minnesota Medical School, 1995
  • Harry W. and Delores M. Mixer Scholarship, University of Minnesota Medical School, 1994

Last updated: 1/22/2013

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