Affiliated Pathologists and Doctoral Level Scientists

Michael W. Graber, MD

Medical Director, Operations Center Laboratory

Medical Advisor, Histology

St. Joseph’s Pathology, PC, at St. Joseph’s Health

Dr. Graber has been affiliated with Laboratory Alliance since 2001, most recently as medical director of operations and histology medical advisor. He is employed by St. Joseph's Pathology, P.C. and is a staff pathologist at St. Joseph's Health. He practices anatomic pathology at Laboratory Alliance’s Rapid Response Laboratory at the hospital. Dr. Graber completed an internship in 1992 at Albany Medical College following his graduation from the college the previous year. He completed a research fellowship in molecular biology at the National Institutes of Health and the Medical University of South Carolina, followed by a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology and a hematopathology fellowship at Albany Medical Center Hospital in 2001. Dr. Graber is board-certified in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology and hematopathology.

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Brando Cobanov, MD

Medical Director, Rapid Response Laboratory at St. Joseph's Hospital Health

St. Joseph’s Pathology, PC, at St. Joseph’s Health

Dr. Cobanov is on the staff at St. Joseph’s Pathology, P.C., joining the practice in 2014 following work with a private pathology practice affiliated with a hospital system in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology as well as cytopathology. Dr. Cobanov earned his medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California. From 2004 to 2008 he completed a four-year residency in pathology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, now part of Rutgers University, in New Jersey. He then did a one-year fellowship focusing on cancer pathology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. This was followed by a second fellowship in cytopathology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

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Rachel C. Elder, MD

Medical Director, Rapid Response Laboratory at Crouse Hospital

Medical Advisor, Transfusion Services

Medical Director, Virology, Rapid Response Laboratories at Crouse Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center

Pathology Associates of Syracuse, PC, at Crouse Hospital

Dr. Elder is the director of laboratories at Crouse Hospital and at Community Memorial Hospital in Hamilton, N.Y. Dr. Elder also serves as Laboratory Alliance's medical advisor of transfusion services and co-medical advisor of general hematology. She is board-certified in anatomic and clinical pathology. After graduating from New York Medical College in 1981, Dr. Elder completed an internship and fellowship in Surgical Transplantation followed by a residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn.

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Shelli Bregman, DO

Pathologist, Pathology Associates of Syracuse

Pathology Associates of Syracuse, PC, at Crouse Hospital

Dr. Bregman has a sub-specialty certification in Cytopathology. She attended medical school at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and did her residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She did a Fellowship in cytopathology at the University of Virginia Health System and is board-certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.

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Mark Costaldi, MD

Assistant Medical Advisor, Histology

Pathology Associates of Syracuse, PC, at Crouse Hospital

Dr. Costaldi is a staff pathologist at Pathology Associates of Syracuse, practicing at Crouse Hospital. He earned his master’s and medical degrees from St. Louis University in Missouri after completing his undergraduate studies majoring in chemistry at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo. He did his residency in pathology and fellowship in hematopathology at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and a fellowship in cytopathology at the University of Rochester. Dr. Costaldi is board certified in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, hematology (pathology) and cytopathology.

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John Fazio, MD

Pathologist, Pathology Associates of Syracuse

Pathology Associates of Syracuse, PC, at Crouse Hospital

Dr. Fazio joined Pathology Associates of Syracuse in 2016, practicing at Crouse Hospital. He was a member of the pathology staff that practiced at Upstate University Hospital at Community General from 1993-2016 and has served as a clinical instructor at SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse, NY. He graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1982 and completed a pathology residency at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center and a cytology fellowship at Brooke Army Medical Center. He is board-certified in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology and cytopathology.

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James Flynn, MD

Pathologist, St. Joseph’s Pathology, P.C.

Medical Director, St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center's Frozen Section Laboratory at Northeast Medical Center

St. Joseph’s Pathology, PC, at St. Joseph’s Health

Dr. Flynn is on the staff at St. Joseph’s Pathology, P.C. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from Upstate Medical University in 1999 and is board-certified in anatomic and clinical pathology.

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Paul A. Granato, PhD, DABMM

Doctoral Level Scientist

Director of Microbiology / Scientific Director, Clinical Microbiology

Dr. Granato has served as the chief of microbiology at the Syracuse Veterans Affairs Medical Center, clinical microbiologist at Crouse Hospital, and consultant clinical microbiologist for the Onondaga County Department of Health and Centrex Clinical Laboratories. He was on the faculty at SUNY Upstate Medical University for more than 35 years and is currently professor emeritus in the Department of Pathology. Dr. Granato has also served on two microbiology editorial boards and many national committees. He has authored three textbooks and over 125 book chapters, scientific articles and abstracts. He serves as the director of microbiology for Laboratory Alliance, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology and is an elected Fellow by the American Academy of Microbiology.

Dr. Granato graduated from Le Moyne College, earned his doctoral degree in microbiology and molecular biology from Syracuse University, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. 

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Yan Hu, MD

Pathologist, St. Joseph’s Pathology, P.C.

St. Joseph’s Pathology, PC, at St. Joseph’s Health

Dr. Hu joined St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in 2017 following a fellowship in pathology at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia. She received her doctor of medicine in 1999 from Nankai University, one of China’s most prestigious universities. In 2006 she received her Ph.D. in biochemistry at SUNY Buffalo, where she also completed her residency in 2016.

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David Inman, MD

Pathologist, Pathology Associates of Syracuse

Pathology Associates of Syracuse, PC, at Crouse Hospital

Dr. Inman is affiliated with Pathology Associates of Syracuse and practices at Crouse Hospital. He is a graduate of the SUNY Health Science Center School of Medicine where he completed a residency in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology and hematopathology. He also served as chief resident in anatomic pathology. He completed a fellowship in surgical pathology at Vanderbilt University Medical School. Dr. Inman is board-certified in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology and hematopathology.

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Steve Landas, MD

Pathologist

St. Joseph’s Pathology, PC, at St. Joseph’s Health

Dr. Landas joined St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in 2018, bringing with him more than 30 years of experience as a practicing anatomic and clinical pathologist. He earned his medical degree in 1983 at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, where he also completed his residency in 1987. This was followed by a fellowship in surgical pathology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

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Geoffrey Mikita, MD

Pathologist, St. Joseph’s Pathology, P.C.

St. Joseph’s Pathology, PC, at St. Joseph’s Health

Dr. Mikita joined St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in 2017 following a fellowship in hematology at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. He did his residency at the same hospital in 2016 in anatomic and clinical pathology. Dr. Mikita earned his medical degree at Chicago Medical School in 2012.

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Teriza Shehatou, MD

Medical Advisor, Hematology

Pathology Associates of Syracuse, PC, at Crouse Hospital

Dr. Shehatou is affiliated with Pathology Associates of Syracuse and practices at Crouse Hospital. She attended Ain Shams University School of Medicine and did her residency at Berkshire Medical Center. Fellowships in Surgical Pathology and Hematopathology were completed at Hartford Hospital. Dr. Shehatou is board-certified in anatomic and clinical pathology and she holds a sub-specialty certification in hematopathology.

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Patricia M. Spizuoco, MD

Assistant Medical Advisor, Transfusion Services

St. Joseph’s Pathology, PC, at St. Joseph’s Health

Dr. Spizuoco is on the staff at St. Joseph’s Pathology, P.C. Prior to joining the pathology staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Dr. Spizuoco served as a fellow in surgical pathology at the Hartford Hospital in Connecticut. She graduated from the University of Vermont Medical School, where she then completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology. Also, she completed residency in hematopathology at Roger Williams Hospital in Providence, R.I. She is board-certified in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology and cytopathology.

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