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Faculty Detail    
Campus Address NP 3551 Zip 7331
Phone 205-934-1488
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Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Primary  Pathology   Anatomic Pathology Assistant Professor
Center  General Clinical Research Center  Ctr for Clinical & Translational Sci Assistant Professor

Graduate Biomedical Sciences Affiliations
Molecular and Cellular Pathology Program 

Biographical Sketch 
I attended the University of Georgia as an undergraduate and went on to study medicine at the Medical College of Georgia. I am a pathologist trained in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Alabama, with two years of fellowship experience including a year of surgical pathology fellowship as well as a year of training in gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary pathology. I also serve as staff anatomic pathologist for the Birmingham Veteran's Administration Medical Center.

Society Memberships
Organization Name Position Held Org Link
American Society of Clinical Pathology  Member   
College of American Pathologists  Fellow   
Medical Association of the State of Alabama  Member   
United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology  Member   

Research/Clinical Interest
I am interested in studying the multifactorial issues underlying racial disparity in liver disease outcomes. Particularly, I am interested in the the possible molecular basis for disparities in the evolution of chronic liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma.

Selected Publications 
Publication PUBMEDID
(Abstract) Clinical Relevance of p53 Codon 72 Polymorphisms in Hepatocellular Carcinomas. Leona N. Council, Chandrakumar Shanmugam, Venkat R. Katkoori, Meenakshi Sthanam, Alex Hanna, Upender Manne. CCTS/MHRC retreat November 2011.   
(Abstract) Clinical Relevance of APC and p53 Gene Variants in Hepatocellular Carcinomas. Leona N. Council, M.D., Chandrakumar Shanmugam, M.D., Venkat R. Katkoori, Ph.D., Meenakshi Sthanam, B.S., Alex Hanna, M.D., and Upender Manne, Ph.D. UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center 14th Annual Research Retreat, 2011.   
(Abstract) Park YA, Shah HR, Council LN, Huang ST. Use of a Single Red Cell Exchange to Treat Sickle Cell Intrahepatic Cholestasis. Transfusion 2007; 47 (3S):54A.   
(Abstract) Leona Council, MD and Omar Hameed MBChB. Myofibroblasts vs. Smooth Muscle Cells and Muscularis Mucosa vs. Muscularis Propria: A Potential Role for Immunohistochemistry in Staging Invasive Carcinoma of the Bladder. Modern Pathology. 2008; 21 (1S): 153A.   
Identification and Partial Characterization of the Pectin Methyltransferase “Homo-
galacturonan-Methyltransferase” from Membranes of Tobacco Cell Suspensions.
Florence Goubet, Leona N. Council, Debra Mohnen. Plant Physiology. 1998;
116: 337-347.
Cholesterolosis. Performance Improvement Program Critique (Case #2010-11). Leona Council, M.D. and Dr. Gene Siegal, M.D., Ph.D.   
Differential expression of immunohistochemical markers in bladder smooth muscle and myofibroblasts, and the potential utility of desmin, smoothelin, and vimentin in staging of bladder carcinoma. Leona Council, Omar Hameed Modern Pathology (2009) 22, 639–650.