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Francisco Vega-Vazquez, M.D., Ph.D.

General Information

Francisco  Vega-Vazquez, M.D., Ph.D.



  • Fax: 305-689-5899


  • Pathology-Anatomic
  • Pathology-Hematology


English, Spanish

Clinical Areas

My patient care activities center around the diagnosis of specimens obtained from patients being evaluated for leukemia or lymphoma. I interpret bone marrow core biopsy and aspirate specimens; lymph node and tissue biopsies; immunophenotypic analyses, including immunohistochemistry and flow cytometry; and peripheral blood smears.


  • American Board of Pathology-Hematopathology
  • American Board of Pathology-Anatomic


  • Director of Hematopathology
  • Professor of Pathology

Research Interests

The research in my laboratory is directed at exploring the role of Hedgehog signaling in the pathobiology of malignant lymphomas, in particular diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. We demonstrated that activation of Hedgehog signaling is involved in deregulated autonomous cell growth and survival of lymphoma cells. We are also investigating the role of stroma and Hedgehog signaling in inducing survival, proliferation and chemotolerance in malignant lymphomas. A global aim of our studies is to identify novel therapeutic targets in diffuse large B-cell lymphomas based on better understanding of the major oncogenic pathways deregulated in these neoplasms.

Complete List of Published Work in MyBibliography:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/francisco.vega.1/bibliography/40772454/public/?sort=date&direction=descending




1997 PhD
University of Navarra


 Dr Vega is a renowned academic hematopathologist expertly qualified to consult in all areas of neoplastic hematopathology with an emphasis in lymph node pathology.

Dr. Vega received his MD from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain and his PhD from the University of Navarra, Spain. He did residency in Anatomic Pathology at the University Clinic de Navarra, in Pamplona, Spain. After completing his training he worked as a Surgical Pathologist in the Department of Anatomic Pathology of the Hospital of Orense in Galicia, Spain. He did a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Hematopathology at MD Anderson Cancer Center (sponsored by the Fundación Barrie de la Maza, La Coruña, Spain) and in the Department of Pathology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He did another residency in Anatomic Pathology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and he completed fellowship training in Hematopathology at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He received The Janice Davis Singletary Award for Clinical Fellowship in Lymphoma. Dr Vega joined the faculty in the Department of Hematopathology at MD Anderson and served as Lymphoma Section Head in the Department of Hematopathology until August 2013. Since September 2013 Dr Vega is a Professor in Pathology and the director of Hematopathology at the University of Miami/Sylvester Cancer Center. He is doing diagnostic signout of malignant lymphomas and leukemias and running a funded research laboratory working on Hedgehog signaling in malignant lymphomas. Dr. Vega has more 120 publications in peer-review journals and numerous text books chapters. Dr Vega has been listed in Best Doctors in America.


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