Sara A. Monaghan, MD
Associate Professor of Pathology

Dr. Monaghan is a hematopathologist experienced in adult and pediatric bone marrow and lymphoid tissue pathology. She is the medical director of the Clinical Flow Cytometry Laboratory at UPMC Presbyterian. Her research interests focus on graduate medical education for hematopathology fellows, and the pathology and immunophenotyping by flow cytometry of hematolymphoid neoplasms. Her recent paper (Monaghan SA, et al. Am J Clin Pathol 2016;146:107) addresses the relationship between hematopathology fellows' performance on the twice-yearly in-service exam (ASCP FISHE) and performance on the American Board of Pathology (ABP) certifying exam for hematopathology. She is currently collaborating with the American Board of Pathology and the Society for Hematopathology to obtain data intended for use to promote harmonization of fellowship training requirements, the certifying exam and the real-life practice of hematopathology. Most of her publications related to pathology and immunophenotyping have focused on myeloid and plasma cell neoplasms.

Office Location:
Hill Building 3rd Floor, Rm #343
3477 Euler Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Contact Information:
Office Telephone: 412-647-5191
Fax: 412-647-0374


  • MD - Mayo Medical School, Rochester, Minnesota, 1995

Clinical Expertise

  • Adult and pediatric bone marrow and lymphoid tissue pathology

Research Interests

  • Myeloproliferative neoplasms
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Plasma cell neoplasms
  • Flow cytometric immunophenotyping of malignancies (e.g. standardization and residual disease detection)
  • Graduate medical education


  • American Board of Pathology - Hematology, 2002
  • American Board of Pathology - Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, 2001


  • Flow cytometry analysis

Selected Publications

View Dr. Monaghan's publications on PubMed

  • Swerdlow SH, Monaghan SA, Douglas AR, Johnson K, Johnson RL. Harmonization of training, training requirements, board certification, and practice of hematopathology. Am J Clin Pathol. 2019;152:625-37. PMID 31338515.
  • Agha M, Monaghan SA, Swerdlow SH. More on blastic plasmacytoid dendritic-cell neoplasms. N Engl J Med. 2019;380:696-7. PMID: 30763185.
  • Brown TJ, Patel PA, Oliver D, Churchill H, Monaghan SA, Collins RH. Next-Generation Sequencing Directs Therapy and Delineates a Clonal Relationship in Mast Cell Sarcoma and Acute Myeloid Leukemia. JCO Precision Oncology. Published online March 28, 2019. DOI
  • Agha M, Monaghan SA, Swerdlow SH. Venetoclax in a patient with a blastic plasmacytoid dendritic-cell neoplasm. N Engl J Med. 2018;379:1479-81. PMID: 30304659
  • Liu A, Li S, Donnenberg V, Fu J, Gollin SM, Ma H, Lu C, Stolz DB, Mapara MY, Monaghan SA, Lentzsch S. Immunomodulatory drugs downregulate IKZF1 leading to expansion of hematopoietic progenitors with concomitant block of megakaryocytic maturation. Haematologica. 2018;103:1688-97. PMID: 29954930
  • Jabbar SB, Monaghan S, Chen W, Koduru P, Kumar K. Acute myeloid leukemia with a rare t(7;14)(q21;q32) and trisomy 4 with poor clinical outcome: a case report. Lab Med 2017;48:376-80. PMID: 29069512
  • Yao H, Ma Y, Hong Z, Zhao L, Monaghan SA, Hu MC, Huang LJ. Activating JAK2 mutants reveal cytokine receptor coupling differences that impact outcomes in myeloproliferative neoplasm. Leukemia. 2017;31: 2122-31. PubMed PMID: 28057939
  • Koduru PR, Wilson K, Wen J,Garcia R, Patel S, Monaghan S. Cytogenetic and Cytogenomic Microarray Characterization of Chromothriptic-events in Chromosome 8 Affecting MOZ/NCOA2 (TIF2), FGFR1, RUNX1T1, and RUNX1 in a Pediatric Acute Myeloid Leukemia. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2017;39:e227-32. PubMed PMID: 28085746
  • Monaghan SA, Felgar RE, Kelly MA, Ali AM, Anastasi J, Bellara A, Rinder HM, Sargent RL, Wagner J, Swerdlow SH, Johnson RL. Does taking the Fellowship In-Service Hematopathology Exam and performance relate to success on the American Board of Pathology Hematology Examination? Am J Clin Pathol. 2016 Jul;146(1):107-12. PubMed PMID: 27357289
  • Koduru P, Guruju N, Patel P, Wen J, Wilson K, Patel P, Monaghan S. A Unique Rearrangement of PDGFR? and ETV6 in a Patient with Acute Myeloid Leukemia with Myelodysplasia-Related Changes Progressed from Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia. Hematol Leuk. 2016;4:1.