Amal Kanbour-Shakir, MD, PhD
Professor of Pathology

Dr. Kanbour-Shakir is a member of the Division of Gynecologic Pathology at Magee-Womens Hospital.

Office Location:
Rm. 4135
Magee-Womens Hospital
300 Halket Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Contact Information:
Office Phone: (412) 641-1799
Fax: (412) 641-1675


  • MD - 1971, Baghdad Medical College, Baghdad, Iraq
  • PhD - 1978, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Research Interests

Dr. Kanbour-Shakir's interest is studying the pathogenesis, oncogenesis, host interaction, molecular biology and immunogenetics of ovarian, endometrial and breast cancer and disease. Current angiogenesis and kinases, and genetic instability in breast disease and cancer, ovarian epithelial tumors, endometrial tumors and cancer cytopathology.


  • Anatomic & Clinical Pathology (AP/CP), American Board of Pathology, 1988
  • Cytopathology added Qualification (CyP), American Board of Pathology, 1992


Breast Pathology, Gynecological Pathology and Cytopathology

Awards and Honors

  • Teaching recognition from Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University Gynecologic Oncology Group, Outstanding teaching performance for Sophomore Pathology Course, University of Pittsburgh
  • Research award from Pathology Education and Research Foundation, University of Pittsburgh
  • Overseas Scholarship "United Kingdom"

Selected Publications

View Dr. Kanbour-Shakir's publications on PubMed

  1. Latimer, JJ, Johnson JM, Kelly CM, Miles TD, Beaudry-Rodgers, K, Lalanne NA, Vogel VG, Kanbour-Shakir A, Kelley JL, Johnson R, and Grant SG: Nucleotide Excision Repair Deficiency is Intrinsic in Sporadic stage 1 Breast Cancer. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 107:21725-21730, 2010.
  2. Polat, AK., Kanbour-Shakir A., Andacoglu O., Polat, A. V., Johnson R, Bonaventura M., Soran A: Atypical Hyperplasia on Core Biopsy: Is Further Surgery Needed?. American Journal of the Medical Sciences, 344 (1): 28-3, 2011.
  3. Storms AA, Sukumvanich P, Monaco SE,, Beriwal S, Krivak TC, Kanbour-Shakir A: Mucinous Tumors of the Ovary: Diagnostic Challenges at Frozen Section and Clinical Implications. J. Gynecologic Oncology, 125 (1): 75-9, 2012.
  4. Monaco SE, Colaizzi A, Kanbour A, Ibrahim AS, Kanbour-Shakir A.: The role of axillary lymph node FNA in breast cancer staging prior to chemotherapy with histological correlation. Acta Cytologica, Vol. 56 (No. 2):139-145, 2012.
  5. Andacoglu O., Kanbour-Shakir A., Teh Y-C., Bonaventura M., Ozbek U., Anello M., Ganott M, Kelley J., Dirican A., Soran A: Rationale of Excisional Biopsy after the Diagnosis of Benign Radial Scar: A Single Institutional Outcome Analysis. The American Journal of Clinical Oncology; Feb 36 (1):7-11, 2013.
  6. Zhao C, Amin M, Weng B, Chen X, Kanbour-Shakir A, Austin RM: Cytology and Human Papillomavirus Screening Test Results Associated with 2827 Histopathologic Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia 2/3 Diagnoses. Archive of pathology & Laboratory Medicine Jul;137(7):942-7, 2013.
  7. Li X, Kanbour-Shakir A, Dabbs D, Bhargava R: Morphologic features do not influence response to trastuzumab containing neoadjuvant chemotherapy in HER2-positive breast cancer. Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology Oct;21(5):420-5, 2013.
  8. Soran A, Kanbour-Shakir A, Bas, O, Bonaventura, M: A Tattoo Pigmented Node and Breast cancer; Case-report. Bratisl Lek Listy Medical Journal, 115 (5): 311-312, 2014.
  9. Kamali Polat A, Soran A., Kanbour-Shakir A., Edington H.: Subcutaneous Leiomyosarcoma Metastasized to the Lymph Nodes Involved with Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma / Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. Türk Patoloji Dergisi / Turkish J. of Pathology, Jan, 1 - 4, 2014.
  10. Desouki MM, Kanbour A, Fadare O, Kanbour-Shakir A: Immunophenotype and K-RAS mutation in mucinous ovarian adenocarcinoma with mural nodule of high grade sarcoma: Case report. International Journal of Gynecological Pathology, Mar. 33(2):186-90, 2014.