McMaster University

McMaster University

Salem Omar Alowami


Pathology and Molecular Medicine

Division: Anatomical Pathology

L222-6 St Joseph's Healthcare
Hamilton, Ontario
905-522-1155 ext. 35186

Salem Omar Alowami

Faculty Biography

Education and Professional Standing

  • FCAP, Anatomical Pathology, 1999
  • FRCP, Anatomical Pathology, 1999
  • MB-Bch, Al-Arab Medical University, 1990


Research Focus

Dr. Alowami’s research focus involves clinical (translational) research in skin and breast cancer.

Clinical Focus

Dr. Alowami’s areas of interest in anatomic pathology include general surgical pathology and dermatopathology. 

Academic Interests

Dr. Alowami is also actively involved in teaching at McMaster University, both at the Undergraduate and Post-Graduate levels of the MD Program.

Selected Publications

  • El Demellawy D, Nasr A, Alowami S. An updated review on the clinicopathologic aspects of arrythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy.  Am J Forensic Med Pathol 2009; 30(1):78-83.
  • El Demellawy D, Nasr A, Babay S, Alowami S. Diagnostic utility of CD56 immunohistochemistry in papillary carcinoma of the thyroid. Pathol Red Pract. 2009; 205(5):303-309.
  • El Demellawy D, Nasr A, Alowami S.  Application of CD56, P63 and CK19 immunohistochemistry in the diagnosis of papillary carcinoma of the thyroid. Diagn Pathol. 2008; 3:5.
  • Sur M, AlArdati H, Ross C, Alowami S.  TdT expression in Merkel cell carcinoma: potential diagnostic pitfall with blastic haematological malignancies and expanded immunohistochemical analysis. Mod Pathol. 2007;20(11): 1113-1120.
  • Webb M, Emberley ED, Lizardo M, Alowami S, Qing G, Alfia’ar A, Snell-Curtis LJ, Niu Y, Civetta A, Myal Y, Shiu R, Murphy LC, Watson PH. Expression analysis of the mouse S100A7/psoriasin gene in skin inflammation and mammary tumorigenesis. BMC Cancer. 2005; 5:17.
  • Emberley ED, Alowami S, Snell L, Murphy LC, Watson PH. S100A7 (psoriasin) expression is associated with aggressive features and alteration of Jab 1 in ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast. Breast Cancer Res. 2004;6(4):R308-R315.
  • Hanna W, Alowami S, Malik A. The role of HER-2/neu oncogene and vimentin filaments in the production of the Paget's phenotype. Breast J 2003; 9(6):485-490.
  • Alowami S, Troup S, Al-Haddad S, Kirkpatrick I, Watson PH. Mammographic density is related to stroma and stromal proteoglycan expression. Breast Cancer Res 2003;5(5):R129-135.
  • Alowami S, Qing G, Emberley E, Snell L, Watson PH. Psoriasin (S100A7) expression is altered during skin tumorigenesis. BMC Dermatol 2003;3(1):1.
  • Alowami SO, Malik A, Hanna W. Vulvar poroid hidradenoma. Am J Dermatopathol 2002;24(6):523-525.


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