Shabnam Samankan Shabnam Samankan
Assistant Professor of Pathology

Office Phone: 202-677-6611
Email: Email
Department: Pathology


  • MD Medicine, Tabriz University, Iran, 2009


Shabnam Samankan, MD is an assistant professor of Gynecologic, Breast and ENT pathology in the Department of Pathology at George Washington University (GW). Prior to joining GW, Dr. Samankan completed a subspecialty fellowship in Women’s Pathology at University of Miami, FL. She also completed a subspecialty fellowship in Head and Neck pathology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York and an Anatomic/Clinical Pathology Residency at State University of New York at Buffalo where she received The Adrian O. Vladutin Award for Excellence.

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Samankan’s clinical efforts are focused on Women’s pathology including gynecologic/perinatal and breast pathology. Dr. Samankan also provides diagnostic services in Head &Neck and Endocrine pathology.



ENT, Gynecologic and breast cancers, Computational Pathology


The Adrian O. Vladutin Award for Excellence University at Buffalo 2019


Surgical Pathology

  • Breast Pathology
  • Gynecologic Pathology
  • ENT pathology


Xing MH, Sandler LM, Tuttle RM, Khorsandi A, Samankan S, Mundi N, Urken ML, Abnormal growth rate of a benign cervical sympathetic chain schwannoma, Otolaryngology Case Reports, 2021

Xing MH, Ansari E, Levy JC, Samankan S, Khorsandi A, Urken ML. Incongruent radiographic indication of calvarial metastatic diploic space invasion with absent histologic findings in a patient with basal cell carcinoma of the scalp. Head Neck. 2020 Apr;42(4):E1-E5.

Yue LE, Samankan S, Liu X, Sharif KF, Everest S, Singh T, Dhorajiya P, Baik FM, Khorsandi A, Stevens TM, Brandwein-Weber M, Urken ML. Ten patients with high-grade transformation of acinic cell carcinomas: Expression profiling of ?-catenin and cyclin D1 is useful. Pathol Res Pract. 2019 Nov 30:152767

Samankan S, Taherian M, Aghighi M, Crossland D. Pigs in a blanket: an unusual presentation of malignant ascites in prostatic adenocarcinoma. BMJ Case Rep. 2019 Nov 14;12(11)

Taherian M, Samankan S, Cagir B. Amebic Colitis. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; JUn 2019

Samankan S, Aghighi M, Krabill K, Azabdaftari G. Tumor to Tumor Metastasis in Synchronous Primary Tumors. Cytol Histol Rep. 2018 Oct.

Wang M, Samankan S, Bhalla A, Ohori N.P, Frisch N.K. A Diagnostically Difficult Case of a Cellular Pleural Fluid: morphology, immunohistochemistry and FISH study. Cytojournal. 2017; 14: 18

Fasick V, Spengler R.N, Samankan S, Nader N.D, Ignatowski T.A. The Hippocampus and TNF: Common Links between Chronic Pain and Depression. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2015 Jun;53:139-59

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported a financial interest with the health care related companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the University and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

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