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Nelli S. Lakis, M.D., MSc

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Director of Clinical Neuropathology & Ocular Pathology Services , Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

KU ADRC Neuropath Core Neuropathologist , Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Clinical Associate Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Professional Background

Dr. Nelli Lakis is a Clinical Associate Professor in the in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. She is Board certified in Anatomic andamp; Clinical Pathology and Neuropathology. Dr. Lakis is the Director of Autopsy, and Neuro andamp; Ocular pathology services at KUMC. She is an expert in diseases of the CNS, CNS tumor diagnoses, molecular tests, and the classification of CNS tumors andamp; diseases.

Education and Training
  • MS, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • BS, Biology, American University of Beirut
  • Residency, Pathology, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
  • Neuropathology, Lifespan Academic Medical Center - The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence , RI
Licensure, Accreditations & Certifications
  • Anatomic and Clinical Pathology , American Board of Pathology
  • Kansas License, KUMC
  • Neuropathology , American Board of Pathology
Professional Affiliations
  • American Association of Neuropathologists, Member, 2015 - Present

  • Audesse , Amanda , Galina., Karashchuk, Gardell, Zachary , Lakis, Nelli, Maybury-Lewis , Sun, Brown , Abigail , Leeman, Dena, Teo, YeeVoan, Neretti, Nicola, Anthony , Douglas ., C, Brodsky , Alexander , Webb, Ashley. 2021. FOXO3 regulates a genomic program to restrain stem cell activation in both aging and glioblastoma. Aging and Cancer , 2 (4).
  • Donahue, J., E, Yakirevich, E, Zhong, S, Treaba, D., O, Lakis, N., S, Ali, S., M, de la Monte, S., M, Mangray, S. 2018. Primary Spinal Epidural CIC-DUX4 Undifferentiated Sarcoma in a Child.. Pediatric and developmental pathology : the official journal of the Society for Pediatric Pathology and the Paediatric Pathology Society, 21 (4), 411-417
  • Edmund, L, Rotker, K., L, Lakis, N., S, Brito, 3rd, J., M, Lepe, M, Lombardo, K., A, Renzulli, 2nd, J., F, Matoso, A. 2017. Upgrading and upstaging at radical prostatectomy in the post-prostate-specific antigen screening era: an effect of delayed diagnosis or a shift in patient selection?. Human pathology, 59, 87-93
  • Lakis, N., S, Li , Y, Abraham, J., L, Upton, C, Blair, D., C, Smith, S, Zhao, H, Damon, I., K. 2015. Novel Poxvirus Infection in an Immune Suppressed Patient.. Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, 61 (10), 1543-8
  • Lakis, N, Corona, R., J, Toshkezi, G, Chin, L., S. 2013. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy - neuropathology in athletes and war veterans.. Neurological research, 35 (3), 290-9
  • Lakis, Nelli, Matoso, Andres, Mangray, Shamlal, Resnick, Murray., B., Yakirevich, Evgeny. 2016. Expression of the Glucocorticoid Receptor in Prostatic Adenocarcinoma: An Immunohistochemical and Clinicopathologic Study. LABORATORY INVESTIGATION, 96, 244A-245A
  • Lakis, Nelli, Brodsky, Alexander, Smith, Tyler, Yang, Dongfang, Wong, Ian, Anthony, Douglas. 2016. A Subset of Cells in Glioblastoma Multiforme Express Multiple Stem Cell Markers. JOURNAL OF NEUROPATHOLOGY AND EXPERIMENTAL NEUROLOGY, 75 (6), 582-582