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Undergraduate  University of California, San Diego    2000  B.S. 
Medical School  Medical College of Wisconsin    2005  M.D. 
Residency  University of Rochester    2012  Anatomic pathology 
Fellowship  University of Rochester    2013  General Surgical Pathology 
Fellowship  Johns Hopkins University    2014  GU Surgical Pathology 

American Board of Pathology: Anatomic Pathology  2012 

Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Center  Comprehensive Cancer Center  Comprehensive Cancer Center Associate Professor
Primary  Pathology   Anatomic Pathology Associate Professor
Secondary  Urology   Urology Chair Office Assistant Professor

Biographical Sketch 
Jennifer Gordetsky, MD, is an associate professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, departments of Pathology and Urology where she specializes in urological pathology and is active in translational research. Dr. Gordetsky took an unconventional pathway in her training, completing four years of a urology residency at the University of Rochester prior to completing a second residency in pathology followed by a fellowship in general surgical pathology. She completed a second fellowship in urological surgical pathology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her strong clinical background in urology has played a major role in the successful design of many translational research projects. In addition to her research efforts, Dr. Gordetsky is devoted to resident and medical student education. In 2013 she published a book on urological pathology (Gordo's Guide to GU Pathology) designed to be a resource for residents and medical students . She is the associate director for the residency program in the Department of Pathology. She has also been the Director of the Reproductive module at the University of Alabama, School of Medicine, since 2014, when she implemented new case-based and interactive learning strategies to the teaching of reproductive pathology. She has been the recipient of multiple teaching awards and in 2015 she was presented with the Leonard H. Robinson Award for Excellence in Resident Education in Anatomic Pathology by the University of Alabama as well as the School of Medicine Deanís Research Award. In 2018 she was presented with the Dean's Excellence Award in Teaching. Dr. Gordetsky is an outstanding academician in urological pathology. She is a member of the International Society of Urological Pathology, the American Urological Association, and has more than 70 scientific publications to her credit. She has made multiple presentations at meetings of the American Urological Association, the College of American Pathologists, and the United States and Canadian Association of Pathologists. In addition to her research in urological pathology, Dr. Gordetsky has been actively involved in research regarding the history of medicine. She has published multiple articles and book chapters in this field and has been an invited speaker both nationally and internationally to present on the history of medicine.

Society Memberships
Organization Name Position Held Org Link
Phi Beta Kappa Society  Member   
College of American Pathologists  Member   
The International Society of Urological Pathology  Member   
United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology  Member   
American Urological Association  Member   

Research/Clinical Interest
Associate Professor
Urological oncology

Selected Publications 
Publication PUBMEDID
Gordetsky JB, Thomas JV, Nix JW, Rais-Bahrami S. Higher Prostate Cancer Grade Groups Are Detected in Patients Undergoing Multiparametric MRI-targeted Biopsy Compared With Standard Biopsy. Am J Surg Pathol. 2017 Jan;41(1):101-105.  27574875 
Zarzour JG, Milner D, Valentin R, Jackson BE, Gordetsky J, West J, Rais-Bahrami S, Morgan DE. Quantitative iodine content threshold for
discrimination of renal cell carcinomas using rapid kV-switching dual-energy CT. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2017 Mar;42(3):727-734. doi: 10.1007/s00261-016-0967-5. 
Wang K, Zarzour J, Rais-Bahrami S, Gordetsky J. Clear Cell Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma: New Clinical and Imaging Characteristics. Urology. 2017
Lai WS, Gordetsky JB, Thomas JV, Nix JW, Rais-Bahrami S. Factors predicting prostate cancer upgrading on magnetic resonance imaging-targeted biopsy in an active surveillance population. Cancer. 2017 Jun 1;123(11):1941-1948.   28140460 
Rais-Bahrami S, Nix JW, Turkbey B, Pietryga JA, Sanyal R, Thomas JV, Gordetsky JB. Clinical and multiparametric MRI signatures of granulomatous prostatitis. Abdom Radiol (NY). 2017 Jul;42(7):1956-1962.  28238033 
Gordetsky J, Rais-Bahrami S, Epstein JI. Pathological Findings in Multiparametric Magnetic Resonance Imaging/Ultrasound Fusion-guided Biopsy:
Relation to Prostate Cancer Focal Therapy. Urology. 2017 Jul;105:18-23.
Truong M, Rais-Bahrami S, Nix JW, Messing EM, Miyamoto H, Gordetsky JB. Perineural invasion by prostate cancer on MR/US fusion targeted biopsy is
associated with extraprostatic extension and early biochemical recurrence after radical prostatectomy. Hum Pathol. 2017 Aug;66:206-211. 
Gordetsky J, Sanfrancesco J, Epstein JI, Trevino K, Xu H, Osunkoya A, Xiao GQ, Kao CS, Unger P, Hashemi-Sadraei N, Albany C, Jorns JM, Lu DY, Matoso A, Rais-Bahrami S, Schwartz LE, Ulbright TM, Idrees MT. Do Nonseminomatous Germ Cell Tumors of the Testis With Lymphovascular Invasion of the Spermatic Cord Merit Staging as pT3? Am J Surg Pathol. 2017 Oct;41(10):1397-1402.  28719463 
Necchi A, Eigl BJ, Yang ES, Bae S, Chandrashekar D, Chen D, Naik G, Mehta A, Giannatempo P, Colecchia M, Gordetsky J, Wei S, Cooper T, Varambally S, Sonpavde G. Gene Expression Profiling of Advanced Penile Squamous Cell Carcinoma Receiving Cisplatin-based Chemotherapy Improves Prognostication and Identifies Potential Therapeutic Targets. Eur Urol Focus. 2016 Aug 27. pii: S2405-4569(16)30109-2.  28753783 
Demark-Wahnefried W, Rais-Bahrami S, Desmond RA, Gordetsky JB, Hunter GR, Yang ES, Azrad M, Frugé AD, Tsuruta Y, Norian LA, Segal R, Grizzle WE. Presurgical weight loss affects tumour traits and circulating biomarkers in men with prostate cancer. Br J Cancer. 2017 Oct 24;117(9):1303-1313.  28881355 
Gordetsky J, Collingwood R, Lai WS, Del Carmen Rodriquez Pena M, Rais-Bahrami S. Second Opinion Expert Pathology Review in Bladder Cancer: Implications for Patient Care. Int J Surg Pathol. 2018 Feb;26(1):12-17.
Truong M, Wang B, Gordetsky JB, Nix JW, Frye TP, Messing EM, Thomas JV, Feng C, Rais-Bahrami S. Multi-institutional nomogram predicting benign prostate pathology on magnetic resonance/ultrasound fusion biopsy in men with a prior negative 12-core systematic biopsy. Cancer. 2018 Jan 15;124(2):278-285.  28976544 
Dulaney CR, Rais-Bahrami S, Manna DD, Gordetsky JB, Nix JW, Yang ES. DNA repair deregulation in discrete prostate cancer lesions identified on
multi-parametric MRI and targeted by MRI/ultrasound fusion-guided biopsy. Oncotarget. 2017 Jul 10;8(40):68038-68046. 
Chakravarthi BVSK, Chandrashekar DS, Agarwal S, Balasubramanya SAH, Pathi SS, Goswami MT, Jing X, Wang R, Mehra R, Asangani IA, Chinnaiyan AM, Manne U, Sonpavde G, Netto GJ, Gordetsky J, Varambally S. miR-34a Regulates Expression of the Stathmin-1 Oncoprotein and Prostate Cancer Progression. Mol Cancer Res. 2017 Oct 12. doi: 10.1158/1541-7786.MCR-17-0230.
Clemmensen T, Matoso A, Graham T, Lai WS, Rais-Bahrami S, Gordetsky J. Pathologic and Clinical Characteristics of Early Onset Renal Cell Carcinoma. Hum Pathol. 2017 Nov 10. pii: S0046-8177(17)30412-4.
Glaser ZA, Gordetsky JB, Porter KK, Varambally S, Rais-Bahrami S. Prostate Cancer Imaging and Biomarkers Guiding Safe Selection of Active Surveillance.
Front Oncol. 2017 Oct 30;7:256. 
Feldman A, Borak S, Rais-Bahrami S, Gordetsky J. Secondary Malignancies of the Bladder: Avoiding the Diagnostic Pitfall. Int J Surg Pathol. 2018
Ullman D, Dorn D, Rais-Bahrami S, Gordetsky J. Clinical Utility and Biologic Implications of Phosphatase and Tensin Homolog (PTEN) and ETS-related Gene (ERG) in Prostate Cancer. Urology. 2018 Mar;113:59-70.  29225123 
Mehralivand S, Shih JH, Rais-Bahrami S, Oto A, Bednarova S, Nix JW, Thomas JV, Gordetsky JB, Gaur S, Harmon SA, Siddiqui MM, Merino MJ, Parnes HL, Wood BJ, Pinto PA, Choyke PL, Turkbey B. A Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Based Prediction Model for Prostate Biopsy Risk Stratification. JAMA Oncol. 2018 Feb 22. doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2017.5667.  29470570 
Gordetsky JB, Saylor B, Bae S, Nix JW, Rais-Bahrami S. Prostate cancer management choices in patients undergoing multiparametric magnetic resonance
imaging/ultrasound fusion biopsy compared to systematic biopsy. Urol Oncol. 2018 Mar 8. pii: S1078-1439(18)30043-7. 
Gordetsky JB, Schultz L, Porter KK, Nix JW, Thomas JV, Del Carmen Rodriguez Pena M, Rais-Bahrami S. Defining the Optimal Method for Reporting Prostate Cancer Grade and Tumor Extent on MR/US Fusion Targeted Biopsies. Hum Pathol. 2018 Mar 15. pii: S0046-8177(18)30082-0.  29551676 
Tian W, Dorn D, Wei S, Sanders RD, Matoso A, Shah RB, Gordetsky J. GATA3 expression in benign prostate glands with radiation atypia: a diagnostic pitfall. Histopathology. 2017 Jul;71(1):150-155.  28316088 
McCleskey BC, Epstein JI, Albany C, Hashemi-Sadraei N, Idrees MT, Jorns JM, Lu DY, Matoso A, Rais-Bahrami S, Schwartz LE, Ulbright TM, Gordetsky J. The Significance of Lymphovascular Invasion of the Spermatic Cord in the Absence of Cord Soft Tissue Invasion. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2017 Jun;141(6):824-829.  28362157 
Sweeney MK, Rais-Bahrami S, Gordetsky J. Inverted urothelial papilloma: A review of diagnostic pitfalls and clinical management. Can Urol Assoc J. 2017 Jan-Feb;11(1-2):66-69.  28443149 
Sonpavde G, Gordetsky JB, Lockhart ME, Nix JW. Chemotherapy for Muscle-Invasive Bladder Cancer: Better Late Than Never? J Clin Oncol. 2016 Jan 19. pii: JCO654442. [Epub ahead of print]   26786922 
Sardari A, Thomas JV, Nix JW, Pietryga JA, Sanyal R, Gordetsky JB, Rais-Bahrami S. Incidental Bladder Cancer Detected on Multiparametric Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Prostate Gland. Case Rep Urol. 2015;2015:503154. doi: 10.1155/2015/503154. Epub 2015 Dec 13.   26783492 
Gordetsky, JB, Nix, JW, Rais-Bahrami, S. Perineural Invasion in Prostate Cancer Is More Frequently Detected by Multiparametric MRI Targeted Biopsy Compared With Standard Biopsy. Am J Surg Pathol. 2015 Oct 29. [Epub ahead of print]   26523543 
Soni A, Gordetsky JB. Adult Pleomorphic Juxtaglomerular Cell Tumor. Urology. 2015. pii: S0090-4295(15)00919-X.   
Gordetsky, J, Joseph, D. Cloacal exstrophy: a History of Gender Reassignment. Urology. 2015. pii: S0090-4295(15)00736-0.   
McIntosh, E, Drwiega, J, Brandwein-Gensler, M, Harada, S, Gordetsky, J. Frozen Section: Guiding the Hands of Surgeons? Ann Diagn Pathol. 2015;19(5):326-9.   
Gordetsky J, Epstein JI. Intestinal metaplasia of the bladder with dysplasia: a risk factor for carcinoma? Histopathology. Histopathology. 2015;67(3):325-30.   
Rowe SP, Gorin MA, Gordetsky J, Ball MW, Pierorazio PM, Higuchi T, Epstein JI, Allaf ME, Javadi MS. Initial Experience Using 99mTc-MIBI SPECT/CT for the Differentiation of Oncocytoma From Renal Cell Carcinoma. Clin Nucl Med. 2015; 40(4): 309-13.   
Morais CL, Han JS, Gordetsky J, Nagar MS, Anderson AE, Lee S, Hicks JL, Zhou M, Magi-Galluzzi C, Shah RB, Epstein JI, De Marzo AM, Lotan TL. Utility of PTEN and ERG Immunostaining for Distinguishing High-grade PIN From Intraductal Carcinoma of the Prostate on Needle Biopsy. Am J Surg Pathol. 2015; 39(2): 169-78   
Gordetsky J, Gorin MA, Canner J, Ball MW, Pierorazio PM, Allaf ME, Epstein JI. Frozen Section During Partial Nephrectomy: Does it Predict Positive Margins? BJU. Int. 2014. doi: 10.1111/bju.13011. [Epub ahead of print]  25753900 
Kukreja JE., Gordetsky J, Cubillos J, Mevorach RA., Rabinowitz R, Hulbert WC. Aggressive Inflammatory Myofibroblastic Tumor of the Urinary Bladder in Children. Ped Urol Case Rep. 2014; 1(4): 29-34.   
So JS, Gordetsky J, Epstein JI. Variant of prostatic adenocarcinoma with Paneth cell-like neuroendocrine differentiation readily misdiagnosed as Gleason pattern 5. Hum Pathol. 2014; 45(12): 2388-93.   
Gordetsky J, Rabinowitz R. Sir Henry Thompson: Royal Stones. Urology. 2014; 84(4): 737-9.   
Gordetsky, J, Epstein, J I. Ureteral and Urethral Frozen Sections During Radical Cystectomy: An analysis of Denudation and Atypia. Urology. 2014; 84(3): 619-23.   
Gordetsky, J, Epstein, J I. Pseudopapillary Features in Prostatic Adenocarcinoma Mimicking Urothelial Carcinoma: A Diagnostic Pitfall. Am J Surg Pathol. 2014; 38(7): 941-5.   
Gordetsky J, Westesson K, Rabinowitz R, O'Brien J. Wine and Honey: the Oldest of Medicines
J Nephrol. 2013; 26(Suppl. 22): 192-197.
Kakiuchi Y, Choy B, Gordetsky J, Izumi K, Wu G, Rashid H, Joseph JV, Miyamoto H. Role of frozen section analysis of surgical margins during robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy: a 2,608-case experience. Hum Pathol. 2013; 44(8): 1556-62.   
Gordetsky, J., Rashid, H., and Katzman, P. Juxtarenal Wilms Tumor in an Adolescent. Urology. 2012; 80(4): 922-4.   
Choy, B., Gordetsky, J., and Miyamoto, H. Clinicopathologic features of prostate cancer in patients diagnosed by age 45 who underwent radical prostatectomy. Eur Urol. 2012; 62(2): 354-5.   
Izumi, K., Li, Y., Zheng, Y., Gordetsky, J., Yao, J.L., and Miyamoto, H. Seminal plasma proteins in prostatic carcinoma: increased nuclear semenogelin I expression is a predictor of biochemical recurrence after radical prostatectomy. Hum Pathol. 2012; 43(11): 199-2000.    
Subik, M.K., Gordetsky, J., Yao, J.L., di Sant'Agnese, P.A., and Miyamoto, H. Frozen section assessment in testicular and paratesticular lesions suspicious for malignancy: its role in preventing unnecessary orchiectomy. Hum Pathol. 2012; 43(9): 1514-9.   
Choy, B., Gordetsky, J., Varghese, M., Lloyd, G.L., Wu, G., and Miyamoto, H. Mixed Epithelial and Stromal Tumor of the Kidney in a 14-Year-Old Boy. Urol Int. 2012; 88(2): 247-8.   
Gordetsky, J., van Wijngaarden, E., and O'Brien J. Redefining abnormal follicle-stimulating hormone in the male infertility population. BJU Int. 2012; 110(4): 568-72.   
Gordetsky, J., Scosyrev, E., Rashid, H., Wu, G., Silvers, C., Golijanin, D., Messing, E.M., and Yao, J.L. Identifying additional lymph nodes in radical cystectomy lymphadenectomy specimens. Mod Pathol. 2012; 25(1): 140-4.    
Gordetsky, J., Findeis-Hosey, J., Erturk, E., Messing, E.M., Yao, J.L., and Miyamoto, H. Role of frozen section analysis of testicular/paratesticular fibrous pseudotumours: a five-case experience. Can Urol Assoc J. 2011; 5(4): E47-51.   
Canacci, A.M., Izumi, K., Zheng, Y., Gordetsky, J., Yao, J.L., and Miyamoto, H. Expression of semenogelins I and II and its prognostic significance in human prostate cancer. Prostate. 2011l; 71(10): 1108-14.