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Sana Tabbara, MD

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Sana Tabbara MD Sana Tabbara MD



  • Professor of Pathology | Director, Anatomic Pathology Division | Chief, Surgical Pathology
Medical Biography
Clinical Interests
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Breast
  • Gynecologic Pathology
  • Head and Neck Pathology
  • Cytology
  • Quality Assurance Improvement
  • Medical School
    • American University of Beirut
  • Residency
    • University of Virginia Health System
  • Fellowship
    • University of Virginia Health System
Board Certified
  • Anatomic Pathology
  • Cytopathology

Sana O. Tabbara, M.D is Professor of Pathology and serves as Director of Anatomic Pathology at the George Washington University and as Fellowship Program Director for Cytopathology and Surgical Pathology with emphasis on Breast Pathology. She received her Pathology and subspecialty training in Cytopathology at the University of Virginia Health System.

Dr. Tabbara is an active member of several pathology professional societies and has focused her interest in the areas of education, practice patterns in pathology as well as regulatory policies as they pertain to pathology.

Dr. Tabbara has contributed to national efforts to standardize diagnostic terminology and was a co-moderator in the 2001 Bethesda Workshop and a member of the task force for Web-based Dissemination of the Final Bethesda 2001 Terminology and Criteria for Reporting Cervical Cytology. She is a co-author of the Bethesda System Atlas for Reporting Cervical Cytology in all of its three editions.

She was a member of the working group for the 2019 ASCCP Risk-Based Management Consensus Guidelines for abnormal cervical cancer screening tests and cancer precursors that were released in spring 2020 and received the ASCCP Service Recognition Award.

Dr. Tabbara clinical practice is in surgical pathology and cytopathology. Her areas of expertise are in breast, thoracic, head and neck, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology with integration of biomarkers and molecular testing in support of personalized therapies applicable to specific cancer sites. As part of her cytopathology practice, Dr, Tabbara performs and interprets fine needle aspirations (FNA) and collaborates with radiologists and surgeons on rapid-on-site evaluation of adequacy for FNAs they perform with imaging guidance.