John P. Crapanzano, MD

Cytopathology, Pathology - Anatomic & Clinical, Pathology-Anatomic/Pathology-Clinical
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Dr. Crapanzano is an expert diagnostic pathologist with special expertise in cytopathology, including fine-needle aspiration biopsy. Dr. Crapanzano is available to perform and immediately interpret fine-needle aspiration biopsies of superficial palpable lesions and to evaluate cytologic material obtained from radiologically-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsies. Dr. Crapanzano is available to consult on all areas of diagnostic cytology, including aspiration and exfoliative cytopathology.

Dr. Crapanzano received his MD from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA, and completed residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology at Louisiana State University Medical Center/Charity Hospital in New Orleans. He subsequently completed three consecutive fellowships, including Surgical Pathology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, TN) and Oncologic Pathology and Cytopathology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York, NY).

Before coming to Columbia University Medical Center in 2009, Dr. Crapanzano was at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he participated in the surgical pathology and cytology services, and subsequently at Weill Cornell Medical Center, where participated in the cytopathology service and served as director of the cytology fellowship. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, he has lectured to students of cytotechnology, pathology residents, and cytopathology fellows. He has co-authored book chapters and published a number of articles on tumor cytomorphology and other cytopathology-related topics.


Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Surgical Pathology

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Pathology & Cell Biology at CUMC

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center


  • Male

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  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Student Health


  • EPO
  • Great West (National)
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO


  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO


  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • HMO

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare (National)

  • MagnaCare


  • Railroad
  • Traditional Medicare


  • Multiplan


  • Special Needs


  • Columbia University Employee Plan
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • Empire Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BS, 1988 Louisiana State University
  • MD, 1992 Louisiana State University School of Medicine
  • Internship: Charity Hospital Medical Center of Louisiana
  • Internship: Louisiana State University Medical Center
  • Residency: Louisiana State University Medical Center
  • Residency: Charity Hospital Medical Center of Louisiana
  • Residency: 1997 Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
  • Fellowship: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NY
  • Fellowship: Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • Cytopathology
  • Pathology-Anatomic/Pathology-Clinical


Areas of interest include cytomorphology of neoplastic and non-neoplastic lesions as well as advancing the field of cytopathology in today's era of personalized medicine.

Selected Publications

Crapanzano JP, Saqi A. Adequacy and tissue preservation of small biopsy specimen and cytologic material & importance of cell block preparation and various techniques; In: Moreira AL and Saqi A, editors; Diagnosing Lung Carcinoma on Small Biopsies and Cytology; Springer; New York; 2015; 39-60.

Saqi A, Crapanzano JP. Standardized algorithm to triage small specimens. In: Moreira AL and Saqi A, editors; Diagnosing Lung Carcinoma on Small Biopsies and Cytology; Springer; New York; 2015; 61-76.

Coley SM, Crapanzano JP, Saqi A. FNA, core biopsy, or both for the diagnosis of lung carcinoma: Obtaining sufficient tissue for a specific diagnosis and molecular testing. Cancer Cytopathol 2015 May;123(5):318-26.

Heymann JJ, Bulman WA, Maxfield RA, Powell CA, Halmos B, Sonett J, Beaubier NT, Mansukhani M, Crapanzano JP, Saqi A. Molecular testing guidelines for lung adenocarcinoma: Utility of cell blocks and concordance between fine‑needle aspiration cytology and histology samples. CytoJournal 2014;11:12.

Crapanzano JP, Heymann JJ, Monaco S, Nassar A, Saqi A. The State of Cell Block Variation and Satisfaction in the Era of Molecular Diagnostics and Personalized Medicine. CytoJournal 2014;11:7.

Saqi A, Coley SM, Crapanzano JP. Granulomatous inflammation and organizing pneumonia: Role of computed tomography-guided lung fine needle aspirations, touch preparations and core biopsies in the evaluation of common non-neoplastic diagnoses. CytoJournal 2014;11:2.