Sara Akhavanfard, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology
School of Medicine

Dr. Akhavanfard is an ABMGG board-certified laboratory geneticist who completed her fellowship in Clinical Laboratory Genetics and Genomics at the Ohio State University, Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She received her Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine from Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, and her M.D. from Iran University of medical sciences and health services in Tehran, Iran. Dr. Akhavanfard’s research interest focuses on genomic profiles of tumors in pediatrics, adolescents, and young adults (C-AYA). Her interests include integrating novel molecular and cytogenomic diagnostic approaches into the clinical care of genetic and cancer patients to help find clinical genomic answers in these patients and advancing their personalized healthcare.

Professional Memberships

Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics
Diplomate of American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics - Laboratory Genetics and Genomics

External Appointments

Medical Director, UH Translational Laboratory, Division of Genomics and Molecular Pathology, Organization/Publication: University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center



Doctor of Philosophy
Case Western Reserve University
Year Received
Doctor of Medicine
Iran University of Medical Sciences and Health Services
Year Received

Residencies, Internships and Fellowships

Ohio State University, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Area of Study
Fellowship in Laboratory Genetics and Genomics