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Instructor, Medical Laboratory Science Graduate Program

Health Sciences Campus, Maywood


  • Education
    • BSc:   Loyola University Chicago, Biology (major), Political Science, Bioethics (minors)
    • MSc: Rush University, College of Health Sciences (medical laboratory science)
    • MD: AUC School of Medicine
    • Residency: Loyola Medicine, Anatomic/Clinical Pathology

    What would you tell a student about why your field is exciting or important?

    The field of medical laboratory science is as exciting as it is vast. There are so many areas of clinical diagnostic work that support clinical decision-making. Having spent nearly a decade in the field before medical training, now continuing into the clinical specialties of pathology and laboratory medicine, the critical roles for MLS graduates are ever expanding. With over three-fourths of charted medical data derived from our results, and virtually all cancer diagnoses requiring our information, there would be no modern medicine without it. We work on the cutting edge of diagnostic medical technology and sponsor a culture of accuracy, safety, and positive patient outcomes.


    Peer Reviewed:

    • CE Kanakis, K Mirza. "Chapter 27: Introduction to Hematologic Malignancies." Editor: EM Keohane. Rodak's hematology (7th edition), Elsevier, to be published March 2024.
    • CE Kanakis, K Mirza. (2023). "T-cell/Histiocyte-Rich Large B-cell Lymphoma (THRLBCL) in the Bone Marrow" ASCP Case Reports. Hematopathology, Exercise X. ascp.org
    • R Yang, CE Kanakis, K Gvozdjan. (2022). "Rapidly Fatal Case of Malignant Peritoneal Mesothelioma." ASP Case Reports. Forensic Pathology, Exercise 4. CME/CMLE. ID: 138469947 ascp.org
    • J Rattin, FS Albarillo, CE Kanakis, Z Abdelsattar, A Harrington, V Ananthanaryanan. (2022). "Photo Quiz: Sixty-Year-Old Woman with a History of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Presents with Respiratory Symptoms." Journal of Clinical Microbiology. doi.org/10.1128/jcm.00747-22
    • S Mukhopadhyay, CE Kanakis, K Golab, D Hermelin, GM Crane, K Mirza. (2021). "The Network that Never Sleeps." Laboratory Medicine. 52(4), e83-e103. doi.org/10.1093/labmed/lmaa113
    • A Shoakazemi, A Feria, CE Kanakis, E Stapleton, ON Pathmanaban, SR Freeman, S Lloyd, SA Rutherford, AT King, CL Hammerbeck-Ward. (2021). "Long-Term Outcomes of Electrically Unresponsive, Anatomically Intact Facial Nerve after Vestibular Schwannoma Surgery" Journal of Neurological Surgery [B] Skull base, 83(4), 367–373. doi.org/10.1055/s-0041-1725034
    • A Drouin, CE Kanakis. (2020). "Do not repeat Hepatitis C virus antibody testing in patients with a previous positive Hepatitis C virus (HCV) test. Instead, order Hepatitis C viral load testing for assessment of active versus resolved infection." ASCP Choosing Wisely Recommendations 6th list. ABIM Guidelines.
    • DI Ullman, D Dorn, JA Jones, D Fasciano, Z Ping, CE Kanakis, RG Koenig, D Salzma, D Peker. (2019). "Clinicopathological and molecular characteristics of extramedullary acute myeloid leukaemia." Histopathology, 75(2), 185–192. doi.org/10.1111/his.13864
    • CE Kanakis, MS Aziz, SJ Oiseth. (2018). " Primary Pulmonary T-Cell Lymphoma Occurring Six Years after Breast Carcinoma: A Case Report and Literature Review." JSM Clin Case Rep 6(2): 1148. doi.org/10.47739/2373-9819/1148

    Pieces on varied topics in laboratory medicine

    ASCP Lablogatory (Labmedicine.com)

    Oct 2016 "An Arbovirus Abroad"

    Nov 2016 "Healthy Me"

    Dec 2016 "Laboratory Data and Global Health Security"

    Jan 2017 "Serotypes and Stereotypes: the Path to Pathology"

    Feb 2017 "IRBs and Public Health Pathology"

    Apr 2017 "The Voice of Sint Maarten"

    May 2017 "Metrics, Goals, and Lab Leadership"

    Jun 2017 "Forty Things Every Lab Professional Should Know"

    Aug 2017 "Here's to Fresh STARTS: Sustainable Transitions and Reachable Targets"

    Sep 2017 "Logistics, Meetings, and Evacuations"

    Oct 2017 "Boards and Wards"

    Nov 2017 "Patience and Patience"

    Jan 2018 "A Primer on HIV, Hepatitis, and Clinicals: A Bronx Tale"

    Feb 2018 "The 'C' in HCV Stands for Curable"

    Mar 2018 "A Candida Comeback"

    Mar 2018 "A Serious Aside"

    Apr 2018 "Lab Week 2018"

    May 2018 "You Should Follow Troponins, or They'll Follow You"

    Jun 2018 "Cut it Out…No, Really, I Need Margins"

    Jul 2018  "With Great Power Comes Great…Reliability"

    Aug 2018 "Compliments in Disguise, More than Meets the Eye"

    Oct 2018 "Investing in the Best Testing"

    Oct 2018 "Up to Date or Up for Debate?"

    Nov 2018 "In the Line of Fire: Transforming Data into Decisions"

    Jan 2019 "Just Culture: Growing Lab Trend or Lab Requisition"

    Feb 2019 "Dead Wrong About Forensic Pathology"

    Apr 2019 "I Had a Blast"

    May 2019 "New at the Multiplex: The Syphilis Shuffle"

    Jun 2019 "Slide Review and You"

    Jul 2019          "Hey, What's the Buzz on Zika?"

    Aug 2019 "A Pathology Emergency"

    Sep 2019 "Making Meetings Matter"

    Oct 2019 "A Med Tech Gives a TEDx Talk"

    Dec 2019 "Global Health Narratives – Meet Dr. Constantine Kanakis" (Interview)

    Dec 2019 "Up in Smoke"

    Jan 2020         "2020 Vision"

    Feb 2020 "The Crown"

    Mar 2020 "Testing (Our Patience)"

    Apr 2020 "Love in the Time of COVID-19"

    Jun 2020 "The Social Medium is the Message"

    Jun 2020 "A Wave of Testing Advances or Just a Drop in the Bucket?"

    Aug 2020 "Doctors are Patients, Too"

    Aug 2020 "Doctor Who?"

    Sep 2020 "Virtually Amazing"

    Nov 2020 "A Closer Look 'Inside the Lab'"

    Dec 2020 "Set the World on Fire, but Don't Burnout"

    Jan 2021 "Patients and Patience (Part 2)"

    Mar 2021 "Keeping Abreast of the Times"

    Mar 2021 "Is the Cures Act a Cure-All?"

    May 2021 "Critical Value"