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Hongyan Dai, MD, PhD

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Assistant Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Professional Background

Dr. Dai received her medical degree from Hebei Medical University (China) and her Ph.D. degree in physiology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She completed her pathology residency training followed by a surgical pathology fellowship at the University of Kansas. She pursued additional fellowship training in dermatopathology at the University of Virginia. She is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology and dermatopathology. She spends most of her professional time interpreting microscopic findings of various skin diseases, lung diseases, gastrointestinal tract diseases, and breast cancer.

Education and Training
  • MD, Clinical Medicine, Hebei Medical University , China
  • MS, Pathophysiology, Hebei Medical University , China
  • PhD, Physiology, The University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Residency, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, The University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Clinical Fellowship, Surgical Pathology, The University of Kansas Medical Center
  • Clinical Fellowship, Dermatopathology, The University of Virginia Health System
Licensure, Accreditations & Certifications
  • Anatomic and Clinical Pathology , American Board of Pathology
  • Dermapathology , American Board of Dermatology and American Board of Pathology
Professional Affiliations
  • United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Member, 2016 - Present
  • American Society of Dermatopathology, Member, 2013 - Present
  • College of American Pathologists , Member, 2011 - Present
  • Kansas City Society of Pathologists, Member, 2011 - Present



Dr. Dai’s research interests and publications are focused on
clinicopathologic correlations in dermatopathology, molecular diagnosis and
histologic risk stratification of malignant melanoma, cutaneous lymphomas
including mycosis fungoides, and vulvar skin diseases.

  • Khan, I, Fraga, G., R, Dai, H. 2021. Trichilemmal cysts with divergent ductal differentiation: A series of 4 cases. Am J Dermatopathol, 43 (7), 493-496
  • Bennett, J, Laury, R, Dai, H, Walde, C, Kasi, A. 2020. A curious case of colonic perivascular epithelioid cell tumor: a unique diagnosis with variable presentations. Cureus, 12 (10), e11164
  • Gru, A., A, Wick, M., R, Dai, H. 2019. A unique case of dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans with melanocytic differentiation. Am J Dermatopathol, 41 (4), 317-319
  • Dalia, T, Parashar, S, Patel, NV, Gautam, A, Dai, H, Bormann, S. 2018. Eosinophilic myocarditis demonstrated using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in a patient with eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Churg-Strauss Disease). . Cureus, 10 (6), e2792
  • Dai, H, Gallagher, D, Schmitt, S, Pessetto, Z., Y, Fan, F, Goodwin, A., K, Tawfik, O. 2017. Role of miR-139 as a surrogate marker for tumor aggression in breast cancer. Hum Pathol, 61, 68-77
  • Dai, H, Wang, M, Patel, P., N, Kalogeris, T, Liu, Y, Durante, W, Korthuis, R., J. 2017. Preconditioning with the BK Ca channel activator NS-1619 prevents ischemia-reperfusion-induced inflammation and mucosal barrier dysfunction: roles for ROS and heme oxygenase-1. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol, 313 (5), H988-H999