Brain Cancer

ARUP offers tests specific for various brain cancers, including EGFR testing (FISH and mutation detection), N-myc amplification analysis by FISH, and 1p/19q, d(1;19) chromosomal deletion detection by FISH, which is useful for diagnosis and prognosis in oligodendroglioma. and IDH1/2 mutation for gliomas by immunohistochemistry.
  • Co-Division Chief, Anatomic and Molecular Oncologic Pathology
    Medical Director, Biocomputing
    Dr. Bronner is a Carl R. Kjeldsberg presidential endowed professor of pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Bronner received her MD from the University of Pennsylvania and completed her pathology residency training and chief residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Bronner’s honors include her election as president of the GI Pathology Society, election as council member of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, and, in 2005, the award of the Arthur Purdy Stout Prize, recognizing her work as a surgical pathologist under the age of 45 whose research publications have had a major impact on diagnostic pathology. Dr. Bronner is an editorial journal board member for Human Pathology and Modern Pathology. She has served as an investigator on numerous NIH and foundation grants over the course of her career and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and numerous book chapters.
  • Medical Director, Autopsy Service
    Dr. Clayton is an associate professor of pathology and director of the autopsy service at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He received his MD from Washington University in St. Louis, and completed postgraduate training in anatomic pathology at Stanford and clinical pathology at the University of Utah. He has interests in inflammatory diseases of the alimentary tract, other eosinophilic disorders, and medical student teaching.
  • Medical Director, Neuropathology

    Dr. Palmer is a professor of pathology and the director of the Pathology Residency Program at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She received her MD at West Virginia University and served as a resident in neurology and postdoctoral fellow in neuropathology at the University of Utah, where she also completed internships in internal medicine and pathology. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, recently served as the vice-president of the American Association of Neuropathologists, and sits on the editorial board of Case Reports in Pathology. Dr. Palmer’s research interests include neuropathological parameters of epilepsy, relationships between histologic and molecular genetic findings in brain tumors, and pediatric neuropathology, with special emphasis on epileptogenic disorders and brain tumors.

  • Medical Director, Anatomic Pathology, Oncology, and Neuropathology
    Dr. Sonnen is an associate professor of pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He received his MD from the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, completing his residency at the University of Arizona, Tucson, and his neuropathology fellowship at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is a member of the College of American Pathologists and American Association of Neuropathologists. Dr. Sonnen’s research interests include dementia, Alzheimer disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and other neurodegenerative diseases.