Sharon Sams, MD
Associate Professor, Pathology

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Medical School:
  • MD, Meharry Medical College (2004)
Graduate School :
  • MPH, University of Alabama (2004)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, Vassar College (NY) (1994)
Residency:
  • University of Colorado, Pathology (2008)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado, Cytopathology (2009)
Languages: English
Department: Pathology

Publications

  • Schweppe RE, Pozdeyev N, Pike LA, Korch C, Zhou Q, Sams SB, Sharma V, Pugazhenthi U, Raeburn C, Albuja-Cruz MB, Reigan P, LaBarbera DV, Landa I, Knauf JA, Fagin JA, Haugen BR. Establishment and Characterization of Four Novel Thyroid Cancer Cell Lines and PDX Models Expressing the RET/PTC1 Rearrangement, BRAFV600E, or RASQ61R as Drivers. Mol Cancer Res. 2019 May;17(5):1036-1048. PubMed PMID: 30733375
  • Diamond JR, Eckhardt SG, Pitts TM, van Bokhoven A, Aisner D, Gustafson DL, Capasso A, Sams S, Kabos P, Zolman K, Colvin T, Elias AD, Storniolo AM, Schneider BP, Gao D, Tentler JJ, Borges VF, Miller KD. A phase II clinical trial of the Aurora and angiogenic kinase inhibitor ENMD-2076 for previously treated, advanced, or metastatic triple-negative breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res. 2018 Aug 2;20(1):82. PubMed PMID: 30071865
  • Marshall C, Mounzer R, Hall M, Simon V, Centeno B, Dennis K, Dhillon J, Fan F, Khazai L, Klapman J, Komanduri S, Lin X, Lu D, Mehrotra S, Muthusamy VR, Nayar R, Paintal A, Rao J, Sams S, Shah J, Watson R, Rastogi A, Wani S. Suboptimal Agreement Among Cytopathologists in Diagnosis of Malignancy Based on Endoscopic Ultrasound Needle Aspirates of Solid Pancreatic Lesions: A Validation Study. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2018 Jul;16(7):1114-1122.e2. PubMed PMID: 28911946
  • Diamond JR, Eckhardt SG, Pitts TM, van Bokhoven A, Aisner D, Gustafson DL, Capasso A, Sams S, Kabos P, Zolman K, Colvin T, Elias AD, Storniolo AM, Schneider BP, Gao D, Tentler JJ, Borges VF, Miller KD. A phase II clinical trial of the Aurora and angiogenic kinase inhibitor ENMD-2076 for previously treated, advanced, or metastatic triple-negative breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res. 2018 Aug 2;20(1):82. PubMed PMID: 30071865
  • Heelan Gladden AA, Sams S, Gleisner A, Finlayson C, Kounalakis N, Hosokawa P, Brown R, Chong T, Mathes D, Murphy C. Discussion of: "Re-excision rates after breast conserving surgery following the 2014 SSO-ASTRO guidelines". Am J Surg. 2017 Dec;214(6):1110-1111. PubMed PMID: 29033142
  • Heelan Gladden AA, Sams S, Gleisner A, Finlayson C, Kounalakis N, Hosokawa P, Brown R, Chong T, Mathes D, Murphy C. Re-excision rates after breast conserving surgery following the 2014 SSO-ASTRO guidelines. Am J Surg. 2017 Dec;214(6):1104-1109. PubMed PMID: 28974314
  • Marshall C, Mounzer R, Hall M, Simon V, Centeno B, Dennis K, Dhillon J, Fan F, Khazai L, Klapman J, Komanduri S, Lin X, Lu D, Mehrotra S, Muthusamy VR, Nayar R, Paintal A, Rao J, Sams S, Shah J, Watson R, Rastogi A, Wani S. Suboptimal Agreement Among Cytopathologists in Diagnosis of Malignancy Based on Endoscopic Ultrasound Needle Aspirates of Solid Pancreatic Lesions: A Validation Study. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2017 Sep 12. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28911946
  • Sams SB, Tompkins KD, Mayson S, Raeburn CD, Mehrotra S. Oncocytic variant of medullary thyroid carcinoma; a rare tumor with numerous diagnostic mimics by fine needle aspiration. Diagn Cytopathol. 2017 Dec;45(12):1148-1152. PubMed PMID: 28802094
  • Brown RJ, Sams S, Wolverton DE, Chong T, Borges VF, Rabinovitch RA, Murphy CD. Don't Be Fooled by DCIS. Oncology (Williston Park). 2017 Jul 15;31(7):549-51, 560-1. PubMed PMID: 28712099
  • Mohamadnejad M, Mullady D, Early DS, Collins B, Marshall C, Sams S, Yen R, Rizeq M, Romanas M, Nawaz S, Ulusarac O, Hollander T, Wilson RH, Simon VC, Kushnir V, Amateau SK, Brauer BC, Gaddam S, Azar RR, Komanduri S, Shah R, Das A, Edmundowicz S, Muthusamy VR, Rastogi A, Wani S. Increasing Number of Passes Beyond 4 Does Not Increase Sensitivity of Detection of Pancreatic Malignancy by Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Fine-Needle Aspiration. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2017 Jul;15(7):1071-1078.e2. PubMed PMID: 28025154
  • Sams SB, Rosser JA. Metastatic Urothelial Carcinoma to the Uterine Cervix: A Case Report of a Rare Entity and Review of the Diagnostic Differential. Int J Gynecol Pathol. 2017 Sep;36(5):493-498. PubMed PMID: 27801758
  • Brechbuhl HM, Finlay-Schultz J, Yamamoto TM, Gillen AE, Cittelly DM, Tan AC, Sams SB, Pillai MM, Elias AD, Robinson WA, Sartorius CA, Kabos P. Fibroblast Subtypes Regulate Responsiveness of Luminal Breast Cancer to Estrogen. Clin Cancer Res. 2017 Apr 1;23(7):1710-1721. PubMed PMID: 27702820
  • Sams SB, Wisell JA. Discordance Between Intraoperative Consultation by Frozen Section and Final Diagnosis. Int J Surg Pathol. 2017 Feb;25(1):41-50. PubMed PMID: 27507675
  • Mohamadnejad M, Mullady D, Early DS, Collins B, Marshall C, Sams S, Yen R, Rizeq M, Romanas M, Nawaz S, Ulusarac O, Hollander T, Wilson RH, Simon VC, Kushnir V, Amateau SK, Brauer BC, Gaddam S, Azar RR, Komanduri S, Shah R, Das A, Edmundowicz S, Muthusamy VR, Rastogi A, Wani S. Increasing Number of Passes Beyond 4 Does not Increase Sensitivity of Detection of Pancreatic Malignancy by Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Fine Needle Aspiration. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2016 Dec 23. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28025154
  • Wang WS, Hardesty L, Borgstede J, Takahashi J, Sams S. Breast Cancers Found with Digital Breast Tomosynthesis: A Comparison of Pathology and Histologic Grade. Breast J. 2016 Nov;22(6):651-656. PubMed PMID: 27870337
  • Brechbuhl HM, Finlay-Schultz J, Yamamoto T, Gillen A, Cittelly DM, Tan AC, Sams SB, Pillai M, Elias A, Robinson WA, Sartorius CA, Kabos P. Fibroblast subtypes regulate responsiveness of luminal breast cancer to estrogen. Clin Cancer Res. 2016 Oct 4. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27702820
  • Mounzer R, Yen R, Marshall C, Sams S, Mehrotra S, Said MS, Obuch JC, Brauer B, Attwell A, Fukami N, Shah R, Amateau S, Hall M, Hosford L, Wilson R, Rastogi A, Wani S. Interobserver agreement among cytopathologists in the evaluation of pancreatic endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration cytology specimens. Endosc Int Open. 2016 Jul;4(7):E812-9. PubMed PMID: 27556103
  • Rugo HS, Olopade OI, DeMichele A, Yau C, van 't Veer LJ, Buxton MB, Hogarth M, Hylton NM, Paoloni M, Perlmutter J, Symmans WF, Yee D, Chien AJ, Wallace AM, Kaplan HG, Boughey JC, Haddad TC, Albain KS, Liu MC, Isaacs C, Khan QJ, Lang JE, Viscusi RK, Pusztai L, Moulder SL, Chui SY, Kemmer KA, Elias AD, Edmiston KK, Euhus DM, Haley BB, Nanda R, Northfelt DW, Tripathy D, Wood WC, Ewing C, Schwab R, Lyandres J, Davis SE, Hirst GL, Sanil A, Berry DA, Esserman LJ. Adaptive Randomization of Veliparib-Carboplatin Treatment in Breast Cancer. N Engl J Med. 2016 Jul 7;375(1):23-34. PubMed PMID: 27406347
  • Park JW, Liu MC, Yee D, Yau C, van 't Veer LJ, Symmans WF, Paoloni M, Perlmutter J, Hylton NM, Hogarth M, DeMichele A, Buxton MB, Chien AJ, Wallace AM, Boughey JC, Haddad TC, Chui SY, Kemmer KA, Kaplan HG, Isaacs C, Nanda R, Tripathy D, Albain KS, Edmiston KK, Elias AD, Northfelt DW, Pusztai L, Moulder SL, Lang JE, Viscusi RK, Euhus DM, Haley BB, Khan QJ, Wood WC, Melisko M, Schwab R, Helsten T, Lyandres J, Davis SE, Hirst GL, Sanil A, Esserman LJ, Berry DA. Adaptive Randomization of Neratinib in Early Breast Cancer. N Engl J Med. 2016 Jul 7;375(1):11-22. PubMed PMID: 27406346
  • Bastman JJ, Serracino HS, Zhu Y, Koenig MR, Mateescu V, Sams SB, Davies KD, Raeburn CD, McIntyre RC Jr, Haugen BR, French JD. Tumor-Infiltrating T Cells and the PD-1 Checkpoint Pathway in Advanced Differentiated and Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2016 Jul;101(7):2863-73. PubMed PMID: 27045886
  • Wani S, Mullady D, Early DS, Rastogi A, Collins B, Wang JF, Marshall C, Sams SB, Yen R, Rizeq M, Romanas M, Ulusarac O, Brauer B, Attwell A, Gaddam S, Hollander TG, Hosford L, Johnson S, Kushnir V, Amateau SK, Kohlmeier C, Azar RR, Vargo J, Fukami N, Shah RJ, Das A, Edmundowicz SA. The Clinical Impact of Immediate On-Site Cytopathology Evaluation During Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Fine Needle Aspiration of Pancreatic Masses: A Prospective Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial. Am J Gastroenterol. 2015 Oct;110(10):1429-39. PubMed PMID: 26346868
  • Yadav BS, Sharma SC, Robin TP, Sams S, Elias AD, Kaklamani V, Kelly Marcom P, Schaefer S, Morris GJ. Synchronous primary carcinoma of breast and ovary versus ovarian metastases. Semin Oncol. 2015 Apr;42(2):e13-24. PubMed PMID: 25843740
  • Morrison JA, Pike LA, Lund G, Zhou Q, Kessler BE, Bauerle KT, Sams SB, Haugen BR, Schweppe RE. Characterization of thyroid cancer cell lines in murine orthotopic and intracardiac metastasis models. Horm Cancer. 2015 Jun;6(2-3):87-99. PubMed PMID: 25800363
  • Klopper J, Kane M, Jimeno A, Sams S, French J, Pike L, Tompkins K, Haugen B. A Phase II Trial of Bexarotene for Advanced Differentiated Thyroid Cancer. Thyroid. 2015 May;25(5):563-4. PubMed PMID: 25778496
  • Attwell A, Sams S, Fukami N. Diagnosis of ectopic pancreas by endoscopic ultrasound with fine-needle aspiration. World J Gastroenterol. 2015 Feb 28;21(8):2367-73. PubMed PMID: 25741143
  • Severson JJ, Serracino HS, Mateescu V, Raeburn CD, McIntyre RC Jr, Sams SB, Haugen BR, French JD. PD-1 Tim-3 CD8 T Lymphocytes Display Varied Degrees of Functional Exhaustion in Patients with Regionally Metastatic Differentiated Thyroid Cancer. Cancer Immunol Res. 2015 Jun;3(6):620-30. PubMed PMID: 25701326
  • Lummus SC, Aisner DL, Sams SB, Foreman NK, Lillehei KO, Kleinschmidt-DeMasters BK. Massive dissemination from spinal cord gangliogliomas negative for BRAF V600E: report of two rare adult cases. Am J Clin Pathol. 2014 Aug;142(2):254-60. PubMed PMID: 25015869
  • Morrison JA, Pike LA, Sams SB, Sharma V, Zhou Q, Severson JJ, Tan AC, Wood WM, Haugen BR. Thioredoxin interacting protein (TXNIP) is a novel tumor suppressor in thyroid cancer. Mol Cancer. 2014 Mar 19;13:62. PubMed PMID: 24645981
  • Attwell A, Sams S, Fukami N. Induction of acute ectopic pancreatitis by endoscopic ultrasound with fine-needle aspiration. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2014 Jul;12(7):1196-8. PubMed PMID: 24361413
  • Attwell A, Sams S, Fukami N. Induction of Acute Ectopic Pancreatitis by Endoscopic Ultrasound With Fine-Needle Aspiration. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2013 Dec 17. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24361413
  • Elias AD, Sams S. Metaplastic mammary carcinoma with discrepant hormone receptor results by IHC and RT-PCR. Oncology (Williston Park). 2013 Jun;27(6):526-7, 566. PubMed PMID: 23909065
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Practice Locations

University of Colorado Hospital (UCH)
12605 E. 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-0000

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Pathology, Board Certification (2009)
  • Cytopathology, Board Certification
  • Anatomic, Board Certification
  • Anatomic and Clinical, Board Certification
Personal Interests
I enjoy hiking and cycling.

Volunteer Activities
I have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity as well as the West Virginia K-9 Search and Rescue in Charlston, WV as a dog handler.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Meharry Medical College (2004)
Graduate Schools:
  • MPH, University of Alabama (2004)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, Vassar College (NY) (1994)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado, Pathology (2008)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado, Cytopathology (2009)
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Languages: English
Department: Pathology
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