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Laszlo J. Karai, MD, PhD


Board Certifications

Anatomic Pathology, Dermatopathology




Global Pathology, a Sonic Healthcare Dermatopathology Practice, is privileged to include Laszlo J. Karai, M.D., Ph.D., as a member of its dynamic medical staff. Dr. Karai has an extensive academic and medical professional background.

Dr. Karai received his medical degree, graduating with distinction, summa cum laude, and his Ph.D. from the Albert Szent-Györgyi Medical University in Szeged, Hungary. He began his postgraduate training with a residency in pathology in the department of pathology at the same university. He was awarded with the Scholarship of the European Union (TEMPUS) and continued his studies in surgical pathology at the University College of London, and at the Hammersmith Hospital in London, United Kingdom. He received his DipRCPath degree in surgical pathology.

Dr. Karai relocated to the United States to continue his training at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, where he started a Ph.D. in molecular neuroscience. Dr. Karai’s findings on the pathomechanisms of pain led to several high-impact scientific publications, thus resulting in a clinical trial on the treatment of intractable pain at the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Dr. Karai re-trained in pathology with Dr. Elaine S. Jaffe at the laboratory of pathology of the NCI and gained experience in the diagnosis of cutaneous lymphoproliferative diseases, soft tissue pathology, and in various dermatopathological conditions. He continued his training in dermatopathology focusing on hair pathology with a fellowship program at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation with Dr. Wilma F. Bergfeld, thus concluding his postgraduate training.

Upon completion of his postgraduate training, Dr. Karai held the position of clinical associate at Cockerell and Associates in Dallas, Texas. He moved into his position as the acting chair of the International Partnering Committee (IPC) of the American Society of Dermatopathologists. Dr. Karai has extensive teaching experience in dermatopathology with special interests in cutaneous lymphomas, soft tissue tumors, pigmented lesions, inflammatory dermatoses, and teledermatopathology. He served in an impressive series of key appointments within both the academic and clinical pathology arenas and has two U.S. patents pending as the co-inventor of two scientific medical procedures.

Over the years, Dr. Karai has developed extensive professional, research, and medical experience. He holds medical research publications and articles in peer-reviewed medical journals as well as numerous abstracts. He is an active member of the American Society of Dermatopathology, American Academy of Dermatology, College of American Pathologists, United States and Canadian Academy of Pathologists, and the International Society of Dermatopathology.

Dr. Karai holds full medical licensure and is board certified in anatomic pathology, and dermatopathology.


Albert Szent-Györgyi Medical University (MD, PhD), Szeged, Hungary

Postgraduate Training

Dermatopathology Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
Anatomic Pathology Residency, National Cancer Institute, Center for Cancer Research, Laboratory of Pathology, Bethesda, MD

Professional Memberships

American Society of Dermatopathology
American Academy of Dermatology
College of American Pathologists
United States and Canadian Academy of Pathologists
International Society of Dermatopathology