Physician’s Profile

Andrew T. Turk, MD

Department of Pathology & Cell Biology
Division of Anatomic Pathology
Division of Personalized Genomic Medicine
Introduction:

I have been a proud member of the Columbia University community since August 2003, when I started medical school at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. I then stayed for residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, fellowship in Surgical Pathology. Following a fellowship in Molecular Genetic Pathology at Weill Cornell Medical College, I returned to Columbia as an Assistant Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology in July 2014.

My clinical responsibilities are split between the Surgical Pathology service, and the Laboratory of Personalized Genomic Medicine. My areas of academic focus are are head and neck / endocrine pathology, particularly carcinomas of salivary gland, thyroid, and upper aerodigestive tract mucosa.

Email: att2101@cumc.columbia.edu

Board Certificates
Pathology-Anatomic/Pathology-Clinical
Pathology - Molecular Genetic
Areas of Expertise:
  • Thyroid Cancer
Honors & Awards:

Pathology Leadership Academy (2017)

American Society for Clinical Pathology Subspecialty Grant (2010)

Endocrine Society Medical Student Achievement Award (2008)

Publications:

Turk AT, Wenig BM. Pitfalls in the biopsy diagnosis of intraoral minor salivary gland neoplasms: diagnostic considerations and recommended approach. Adv Anat Pathol. 2014 Jan;21(1):1-11. doi: 10.1097/PAP.0000000000000000. Review. PMID: 24316905 

Scherl S, Mehra S, Clain J, Dos Reis LL, Persky M, Turk A, Wenig B, Husaini H, Urken ML. The effect of surgeon experience on the detection of metastatic lymph nodes in the central compartment and the pathologic features of clinically unapparent metastatic lymph nodes: what are we missing when we don't perform a prophylactic dissection of central compartment lymph nodes in papillary thyroid cancer? Thyroid. 2014 Aug;24(8):1282-8. doi: 10.1089/thy.2013.0600. Epub 2014 Jun 3. PMID: 24787362

Clain JB, Scherl S, Dos Reis L, Turk A, Wenig BM, Mehra S, Karle WE, Urken ML. Extrathyroidal extension predicts extranodal extension in patients with positive lymph nodes: an important association that may affect clinical management. Thyroid. 2014 Jun;24(6):951-7. doi: 10.1089/thy.2013.0557. Epub 2014 May 5. PMID: 24443878

Turk AT, Asad H, Trapasso J, Perilli G, LiVolsi VA. Mixed corticomedullary carcinoma of the adrenal gland: a case report. Endocr Pract. 2012 May-Jun;18(3):e37-42. doi: 10.4158/EP11222.CR. Review. PMID: 22548942

Turk A, Kopp P, Colangelo LA, Urbanek M, Wood K, Liu K, Skinner HG, Gapstur SM. Associations of serum sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) levels with SHBG gene polymorphisms in the CARDIA Male Hormone Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2008 Feb 15;167(4):412-8. Epub 2007 Dec 4. PMID: 18056923 

Pfarr N, Borck G, Turk A, Napiontek U, Keilmann A, Müller-Forell W, Kopp P, Pohlenz J. Goitrous congenital hypothyroidism and hearing impairment associated with mutations in the TPO and SLC26A4/PDS genes. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2006 Jul;91(7):2678-81. Epub 2006 May 9. PMID: 16684826