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Matthew DeNicola, MD

Fellowships: Hematopathology, UCLA (2013-2014)
Residency: Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology, UCLA (2009-2013)
Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine (2005-2009)

Dr. DeNicola is a shareholder with Mission Pathology and serves as Vice President and Treasurer. He is the director of our hematopathology service as well as the flow cytometry, hematology, and coagulation divisions of the clinical laboratory, and is the medical director for a couple smaller laboratories in Santa Barbara. He also operates an outpatient clinic, where he performs bone marrow biopsies under sedation for patients who require this setting.

Dr. DeNicola hosts weekly teaching rounds with the hematologists and oncologists in the community and presents at the interdisciplinary cancer committee tumor board. Dr. DeNicola currently serves on the House of Delegates for the College of American Pathologist and was one of the founding members of @PathJC, the first Twitter-based journal club for pathologists. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, primarily in the areas of lymphoma, leukemia, and immunology. He also became one of the first pathologists to receive a grant from the California Health Professions Education Foundation thanks to his work in the community.

Additionally, Dr. DeNicola provides consulting services for various private companies and laboratories, assisting with a wide range of activities including laboratory assay development, companion diagnostic scoring, clinical trial development, image analysis software and algorithms, as well as broader laboratory development strategies. Dr. DeNicola is certified as an Expert Reviewer with the California Medical Board, and is also available for expert witness consultations.

Dr. DeNicola is passionate about extending the reach of pathologists outside the laboratory. He works very closely with his clinical colleagues to ensure each and every case is handled with the personal attention it deserves. He prides himself on always being available to discuss cases or laboratory questions, be it by phone, e-mail, or text.

Outside work, Dr. DeNicola is an avid Dodger and Laker fan, and enjoys attending and watching games. He is obsessed with coffee, and has a long-running hobby roasting coffee beans – if you’re interested, ask him for a bag! He also enjoys cooking and spending time with his wife, family, and pack of chihuahuas.

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