Farnaz Hasteh, M.D.

Farnaz Hasteh, M.D.

  • M.D. - Iran University of Medical Sciences
  • Residency Training: William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan
  • Surgical Pathology Fellowship: Stanford University Medical Center
  • Cytopathology Fellowship: University of Michigan Medical Center
  • Board Certification: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
  • Subspecialty Board Certification: Cytopathology
  • Clinical Specialty: Diagnostic surgical pathologist and cytopathologist

Academic appointment: Clinical Professor of Pathology, UCSD Medical Center

Clinical Focus: Cytopathology, breast and genecology pathology, Fine Needle Aspiration procedure of superficial lesions 

Administrative appointment:
Directory of Cytopathology Fellowship Program (2011-present)
Director of Cytopathology Laboratory (2016-present)

Honors and Awards
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, Department of Pathology teaching awards, 2010-2011 and 2014-2015

Research Interests

Fine needle aspiration biopsies of Head and Neck including thyroid gland, GYN Pap smears, QA/QC projects, Breast carcinoma and its biomarkers.

Representative Publications

  1. Hasteh, F, Lin G, Weidner N, Michael CW, " The use of immunohistochemistry to distinguish reactive mesothelial cells from malignant mesothelioma in cytologic effusion" Cancer Cytopathology 118:90-96, April 2010.
  2. Lee J, Hasteh F, “Oncocytic Variant of Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma Associated with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis: A case report and review of the literature” Diagnostic Cytopathology, 37 (8): 600-606, Aug 2009.
  3. Michael CW, Pang Y, Pu R, Hasteh F, “Cellular adequacy for thyroid aspirates prepared by ThinPrep: How many cells are needed?” Diagnostic Cytopathology, 35 (12):792-797, Dec 2007
  4. Steinmetz Caron, Shabaik A, Hasteh F,. “Systemic Mastocytosis with Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma: An incidental finding in a patient with invasive gastric adenocarcinoma”, Diagnostic Cytopathology, 35 (11): 728-2-723, Nov 2007.
  5. Hasteh F, Pang Y, Michael CW, “Do we need more than one ThinPrep to obtain adequate cellularity in FNA?” Diagnostic Cytopathology, 35 (11): 740-43, Nov 2007.
  6. Hasteh F, Pu R, Michael CW, “A metastatic renal carcinoid tumor presenting as breast mass. 2006. Diagnostic Cytopathology, 35 (5):306-10, May 2007.
  7. Adsay NV, Hasteh F, Cheng JD, Klimstra DS. Squamous-lined cysts of the pancreas: lymphoepithelial cysts, dermoid cysts (teratomas), and accessory-splenic epidermoid cysts. Semin Diagn Pathol. 2000 Feb;17(1):56-65. Review. PMID: 10721807
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Dr. Hasteh is the director of Cytopathology fellowship program, Cytology lab and new FNA service at UCSD Medical Center (please see below for more information). She is available for US guided fine needle aspiration biopsy of superficially located lesions or masses. Please contact Dr. Hasteh at:

Farnaz Hasteh, M.D.
Department of Pathology
East Campus Office Building (ECOB)
9444 Medical Center Drive, MC 7723
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 657-5174 (O)
(619) 290-6134 (P)

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