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Meet the faculty for Brandon Hospital's Pathology Residency Program and learn about their experience and training.

Christina Kovacs, MD

Program Director

Dr. Kovacs took over as the program director in May 2020. She is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology with additional fellowship training in both cytopathology and head and neck pathology. She completed her residency training and fellowships at Jackson Memorial Hospital/UM. She has published in pathology journals and authored book chapters. She has presented at regional and national meetings on head and neck pathology.

Iqbal Kapadia, MD

Associate Program Director

Dr. Kapadia is board certified in anatomic, clinical and cytopathology. He completed his training at Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio and has many years of experience teaching residents and fellows.

Renu Khode, MD

Dr. Khode is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology with additional fellowship training in both cytopathology and surgical pathology. She completed her entire training at Baylor Scott and White Health, Texas. She served in private practice for many years.

Xiangdong (Shawn) Bu, MD

Dr. Bu is a pathology specialist. He graduated with honors in 1982. Having more than 38 years of diverse experiences, especially in pathology, Dr. Bu is affiliated with many hospitals including HCA Florida Brandon Hospital and HCA Florida South Shore Hospital and cooperates with many other doctors and specialists in the medical group, Integrated Regional Laboratories Pathology Services.

Jeffrey Aufman, MD

Dr. Aufman joined Integrated Regional Laboratories Pathology Services Pathology in November 2017 after working as an assistant professor at Louisiana State University Health – Shreveport where he finished his fellowship training in medical renal and genitourinary. Dr. Aufman is originally from Houston, Texas and earned his medical degree from Ross University with high honors.

Following a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at University of South Florida, he completed a cytology fellowship at Louisiana State University Health – Shreveport and is now board certified in three areas. Dr. Aufman has 8 years of working in the pathology laboratory and enjoys teaching medical students, residents and fellows while doing advanced research in stem cell therapy. Dr. Aufman has written two book chapters and seven peer review manuscripts and continues to advance the research in medical renal pathology.