Physician’s Profile

Patricia Tiscornia-Wasserman, MD

Department of Pathology & Cell Biology
Division of Anatomic Pathology
Division of Laboratory Medicine
Director of Cytopathology

Dr. Wasserman serves as the Director of Cytopathology at Columbia University Medical Center where she specializes in the cytological diagnosis of neoplastic and non-neoplastic disorders. She is board-certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and in Cytopathology. She received her medical degree with Honors from the University of Buenos Aires, School of Medicine in Argentina. Following her residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, and fellowship in Cytopathology, at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, she joined Long Island Jewish Medical Center where she served as the Chief of the Division of Cytopathology. In 1999, she became the Director of the Cytopathology Fellowship at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. In 2009, she was named Senior Director of the Division of Cytopathology at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. Dr. Wasserman is actively involved in several professional societies, including College of American Pathologists, American Society of Cytopathology, International Academy of Cytology, Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology and American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology. In 2012, Dr. Wasserman has been elected to serve as a Member of the Executive Board of the American Society of Cytopathology. She served as the ASC’s Chair of the Guidelines and Position Statement Committee and Cytopathology Program Directors Committee, Member of the Continuing Education Oversight Committee and Member of the Foundation Board. From 2006 to 2012, she has been a Member of the College of American Pathologists Cytopathology Resource Committee. Dr. Wasserman served as a Member of the Education and QA Committee of the International Academy of Cytology and as a Member of the Pathology Committee of the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology. She received the ASC Presidents Award in 2015. Dr. Wasserman authored over sixty publications and abstracts and contributed to three book chapters. Her publications are included in peer-reviewed journals such as Acta Cytologica, Diagnostic Cytopathology, Cancer Cytopathology, Archives of Pathology and CytoJournal.


Board Certificates
Areas of Expertise:
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Cytology
  • Non-gynecologic Cytology
  • Cervical Cancer
Honors & Awards:

American Society of Cytopathology (ASC) President’s Award, November 15, 2015

American Society of Cytopathology, elected Member of Executive Board, November 2012 (two recipients per year)

America’s Top Pathologists, Consumers’ Research Council of America, Washington DC, 2009

Long Island Best Doctors, Castle, Conolly Medical Guide, 2008-2012

Top Doctors – New York Metro Area, Castle, Connolly Medical Guide, 2005-2012

America’s Top Physicians, Consumers’ Research Council of America, Washington DC, 2003-2012

Best Doctors in America, 1996-Present.

ASC’s Warren L. Lang, M.D. Resident Physician Award - Bajac J, Wasserman J, Morgenstern N, Wasserman P. Clinical Impact of Second Opinion in Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology: A Study of 922 Inter-institutional Consultations, Platform Presentation, American Society of Cytopathology 58th Annual Scientific Meeting, Boston MA, November 11-16, 2010

Honors Diploma, top 1% of class, University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine, March 1983


Bokhari A, Wasserman P. Cytology Diagnosis of Metastatic Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma, Synchronous to Pancreas, and Metachronous to Thyroid and Contralateral Adrenal: Report of a Case and Literature Review. Diagn. Cytopathol. 2017;45:161-167

Bokhari A, Hibshoosh H, Wasserman P. Cytomorphology of Recurrent Osseous Extracranial Meningioma of Right Pubic Ramus: Report of a Case and Literature Review. Diagnostic Cytopathology 2016;44:618-622.

Collins B, DuBray-Benstein B, Naik K, Smith M, Tiscornia-Wasserman P. Commentary: American Society of Cytopathology Rapid On-Site Evaluation (ROSE) Position Statement. Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology 2015, Vol. 4, Issue 2, I–VIII

Lale SA, Morgenstern NN, Sugrue C, Wasserman P. Fine needle aspiration of thyroid nodules in the pediatric population: a 12-year cyto-histological correlation experience at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. Diagn Cytopathol 2015;43(8):598-604

Nayar R, Goulart R , Wasserman P, Davey D. Primary Human Papillomavirus Screening for Cervical Cancer in the United States – US Food and Drug Administration approval, clinical trials, and where we are today. 2014;122(10):720-9

Booth C, Bashleben C, Filomena C, Means M, Wasserman P, Souers R, Henry M. Monitoring and Ordering Practices for Human Papillomavirus in Cervical Cytology. Findings from the College of American Pathologists Gynecologic Cytopathology Quality Consensus Conference Working Group 5. Arch Pathol Lab Med 2013,137: 214-219

Auger M, Khalbuss W, Nayar R, Zhao C, Wasserman P, Souers R, Thomas N, Moriarty A. Accuracy and False Positive Rate of the Cytologic Diagnosis of Follicular Cervicitis: Observations from the College of American Pathologists Pap Educational Program. Arch Pathol Lab Med 2013,137 (7): 907-911

Davey DD and Wasserman P. Cytopathology Fellowship Outcomes Assessment: Milestones and Evaluation Toolboxes. Cancer Cytopath 2013,121(11), 638-43

Fenelus M, Rosen L, Coutsouvelis C, Yuil-Valdes A, Kelin M, Epelbaum F, Chau K, Brenkert R, Wasserman P, Raab S, Morgenstern N, Cocker R.. Review of Accuracy of Urinary Cytology with Risk of Malignancy Assessment per Cytology Categories in a Large Tertiary Health Care System. Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology 2012, 1;1:S24

Bajaj J, Morgenstern N, Sugrue C, Wasserman J, Wasserman P. Clinical Impact of Second Opinion in Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology (FNAC): A Study of 922 Interinstitutional Consultations. Diagnostic Cytopathology 2012,40(5), 422-0

Nayak A, Sugrue C, Wasserman P, Koenig S, Hoda S, Morgenstern N. Endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspirate (EBUS-TBNA):A proposal for on-site adequacy criteria. Diagnostic Cytopathology 2012,40(2):128-37

Fischer A, Clayton A, Bentz J, Wasserman P,  Henry M, Souers R, Moriarty A.   Performance Differences between Conventional Smears and Liquid-based Preparations of Thyroid FNA Samples: Analysis of 47,076 Responses in the College of American Pathologists Interlaboratory Comparison Program in Nongynecologic Cytology (CAP NGC). Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2013;137(1):26-31

Shi Y, Din X, Klein M, Sugrue C, Matano S, Edelman M, Wasserman P .Thyroid Fine-Needle Aspiration with Atypical Follicular Cells of Undetermined Significance: A Necessary or Optional Category?, Cancer Cytopathology 2009,112;5:298-304

Yang J, Schnadig V, Logrono R, Wasserman P. Fine Needle Aspiration of Thyroid Nodules. A Study of 4,703 Cases with Histological and Clinical Correlations. Cancer Cytopathology 2007,111;5,306-15