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Michael G. Drage, M.D., Ph.D.

Michael G. Drage, M.D., Ph.D.

UR Medicine Labs

UR Medicine Faculty The University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group (URMFG) consists of over 900 specialist and primary care providers spanning 19 departments. URMFG is certified by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
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About Me

As a surgical pathologist, I combine the information gathered from the specimen with the available clinical information to provide the most definitive diagnosis possible, always with patient management in mind. My research interests include colorectal neoplasia, inflammatory bowel disease, and othe...
As a surgical pathologist, I combine the information gathered from the specimen with the available clinical information to provide the most definitive diagnosis possible, always with patient management in mind. My research interests include colorectal neoplasia, inflammatory bowel disease, and other inflammatory pathologies.

Faculty Appointments

Adjunct Assistant Professor - Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (SMD)


Residency & Fellowship

Associate Pathologist, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 2016 - 2016

Fellow in Gastrointestinal Pathology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA 2015 - 2015

PGY3 Anatomic Pathology/Surgical Pathology fellow, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA 2014 - 2015

Cytopathology Fellow, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA 2013 - 2014

Residency in Anatomic Pathology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA 2011 - 2013


MD | Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Medicine. 2011

PhD | Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Immunology. 2009

MS | Boston College. Biology. 2002

BS | Boston College. Biology. 1999


Alan Moritz Award for Excellence in Pathology. 2010

Department of Medicine Research presentation award. 2010

ShowCASE presentation award. 2010

Irwin J. Lepow presentation award. 2010

NIH-NIAID travel award (IR13AI078984-0). 2009

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award. 2005 - 2007

Donald J. White Award for Excellence in Teaching. 2001


Journal Articles

A Multi-institutional Study of Peritoneal Recurrence Following Resection of Low-grade Appendiceal Mucinous Neoplasms.

Baumgartner JM, Srivastava A, Melnitchouk N, Drage MG, Huber AR, Gonzalez RS, Bell P, Wu E, Resnick M, Turaga K, Poli E, Esquivel J, Deneve J, Kelly KJ, Veerapong J, Lowy AM

Annals of surgical oncology.. 2021 January 7 Epub 01/07/2021.

Interobserver agreement and the impact of mentorship on the diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease-associated dysplasia among subspecialist gastrointestinal pathologists.

Alpert L, Setia N, Ko HM, Lagana SM, Pittman ME, Johncilla M, Drage MG, Zhao L, Salomao MA, Liao X, Choi WT, Jenkins SM, Hart J, Harpaz N, Voltaggio L, Lauwers GY, Odze R, Remotti H, Smyrk TC, Graham RP

Virchows Archiv : an international journal of pathology.. 2021 January 3 Epub 01/03/2021.

Composition, spatial characteristics, and prognostic significance of myeloid cell infiltration in pancreatic cancer.

Väyrynen SA, Zhang J, Yuan C, Väyrynen JP, Dias Costa A, Williams H, Morales-Oyarvide V, Lau MC, Rubinson DA, Dunne RF, Kozak MM, Wang W, Agostini-Vulaj D, Drage MG, Brais LK, Reilly E, Rahma OE, Clancy TE, Wang J, Linehan DC, Aguirre A, Fuchs CS, Coussens LM, Chang DT, Koong AC, Hezel AF, Ogino S, Nowak JA, Wolpin BM

Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.. 2020 December 1 Epub 12/01/2020.

Clinicopathologic Features of Low-grade Appendiceal Mucinous Neoplasm: A Single-institution Experience of 117 Cases.

Bell PD, Huber AR, Drage MG, Barron SL, Findeis-Hosey JJ, Gonzalez RS

The American journal of surgical pathology.. 2020 August 12 Epub 08/12/2020.

Stereotactic Body Radiation and Interleukin-12 Combination Therapy Eradicates Pancreatic Tumors by Repolarizing the Immune Microenvironment.

Mills BN, Connolly KA, Ye J, Murphy JD, Uccello TP, Han BJ, Zhao T, Drage MG, Murthy A, Qiu H, Patel A, Figueroa NM, Johnston CJ, Prieto PA, Egilmez NK, Belt BA, Lord EM, Linehan DC, Gerber SA

Cell reports.. 2019 October 829 (2):406-421.e5. Epub 1900 01 01.

The Authors' Reply.

Drage MG, Lai KK, Lamps LW

American journal of clinical pathology.. 2019 August 1152 (3):399-402. Epub 1900 01 01.

Effects of subspecialty signout and group consensus on the diagnosis of microscopic colitis.

Sharma M, Whitney-Miller CL, Drage MG, Huber AR, Gonzalez RS

Virchows Archiv : an international journal of pathology.. 2019 July 29 Epub 07/29/2019.

Probable Donor-Derived Human Adenovirus Type 34 Infection in 2 Kidney Transplant Recipients From the Same Donor.

Pettengill MA, Babu TM, Prasad P, Chuang S, Drage MG, Menegus M, Lamson DM, Lu X, Erdman D, Pecora N

Open forum infectious diseases.. 2019 March 6 (3):ofy354. Epub 12/26/2018.

Unexpectedly High Prevalence of Cystoisospora belli Infection in Acalculous Gallbladders of Immunocompetent Patients.

Noor M, Katzman PJ, Huber AR, Findeis-Hosey JJ, Whitney-Miller C, Gonzalez RS, Zhou Z, N'kodia HD, Skonick K, Abell RL, Saubermann LJ, Lamps LW, Drage MG

American journal of clinical pathology.. 2019 January 1151 (1):100-107. Epub 1900 01 01.

Mycobacterium tuberculosis Lipoprotein and Lipoglycan Binding to Toll-Like Receptor 2 Correlates with Agonist Activity and Functional Outcomes.

Shukla S, Richardson ET, Drage MG, Boom WH, Harding CV

Infection and immunity.. 2018 October 86 (10)Epub 09/21/2018.

Comparison of dysplastic fundic gland polyps in patients with and without familial adenomatous polyposis.

Straub SF, Drage MG, Gonzalez RS

Histopathology.. 2018 June 72 (7):1172-1179. Epub 03/24/2018.

The biomechanics of simple steatosis and steatohepatitis.

Parker KJ, Ormachea J, Drage MG, Kim H, Hah Z

Physics in medicine and biology.. 2018 May 1763 (10):105013. Epub 05/17/2018.

Tactile Corpuscle-Like Bodies (Wagner-Meissner Corpuscles) of the Colorectum: A Series of 5 Cases.

Huber AR, Agostini-Vulaj D, Drage MG, Lemmon JW

International journal of surgical pathology.. 2017 December 25 (8):684-687. Epub 08/07/2017.

Morphological Features and Prognostic Significance of ARID1A-Deficient Esophageal Adenocarcinomas.

Drage MG, Tippayawong M, Agoston AT, Zheng Y, Bueno R, Hornick JL, Odze RD, Srivastava A

Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine.. 2017 July 141 (7):970-977. Epub 04/25/2017.

Massive gastric juvenile-type polyposis: a clinicopathological analysis of 22 cases.

Gonzalez RS, Adsay V, Graham RP, Shroff SG, Feely MM, Drage MG, Lewin DN, Swanson EA, Yantiss RK, Ba?ci P, Krasinskas AM

Histopathology.. 2017 May 70 (6):918-928. Epub 02/16/2017.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Mimicking a Solitary Small Colonic Erosion.

Aihara H, Drage MG, Agoston A, Thompson CC

The American journal of gastroenterology.. 2017 May 112 (5):677. Epub 1900 01 01.

Number of Lymph Nodes in Primary Nodal Basin and a "Second Look" Protocol as Quality Indicators for Optimal Nodal Staging of Colon Cancer.

Lisovsky M, Schutz SN, Drage MG, Liu X, Suriawinata AA, Srivastava A

Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine.. 2017 January 141 (1):125-130. Epub 09/28/2016.

Fine-needle aspiration diagnoses of noninvasive follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma.

Howitt BE, Chang S, Eszlinger M, Paschke R, Drage MG, Krane JF, Barletta JA

American journal of clinical pathology.. 2015 December 144 (6):850-7. Epub 1900 01 01.

Young investigator challenge: Application of cytologic techniques to circulating tumor cell specimens: Detecting activation of the oncogenic transcription factor STAT3.

Lowe AC, Pignon JC, Carvo I, Drage MG, Constantine NM, Jones N, Kroll Y, Frank DA, Signoretti S, Cibas ES

Cancer cytopathology.. 2015 December 123 (12):696-706. Epub 1900 01 01.

Mesenchymal gene program-expressing ovarian cancer spheroids exhibit enhanced mesothelial clearance.

Davidowitz RA, Selfors LM, Iwanicki MP, Elias KM, Karst A, Piao H, Ince TA, Drage MG, Dering J, Konecny GE, Matulonis U, Mills GB, Slamon DJ, Drapkin R, Brugge JS

The Journal of clinical investigation.. 2014 June 124 (6):2611-25. Epub 04/24/2014.

Metastatic human papillomavirus-positive nasopharyngeal carcinoma with an unusual pattern of aggressive hematogenous spread.

Shah SM, Drage MG, Lichtman AH, Haddad RI

Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.. 2012 November 1030 (32):e321-3. Epub 09/24/2012.

Mycobacterium tuberculosis lipoproteins directly regulate human memory CD4(+) T cell activation via Toll-like receptors 1 and 2.

Lancioni CL, Li Q, Thomas JJ, Ding X, Thiel B, Drage MG, Pecora ND, Ziady AG, Shank S, Harding CV, Boom WH, Rojas RE

Infection and immunity.. 2011 February 79 (2):663-73. Epub 11/15/2010.

Mycobacterium tuberculosis lipoprotein LprG (Rv1411c) binds triacylated glycolipid agonists of Toll-like receptor 2.

Drage MG, Tsai HC, Pecora ND, Cheng TY, Arida AR, Shukla S, Rojas RE, Seshadri C, Moody DB, Boom WH, Sacchettini JC, Harding CV

Nature structural & molecular biology.. 2010 September 17 (9):1088-95. Epub 08/08/2010.

Mycobacterium bovis BCG decreases MHC-II expression in vivo on murine lung macrophages and dendritic cells during aerosol infection.

Pecora ND, Fulton SA, Reba SM, Drage MG, Simmons DP, Urankar-Nagy NJ, Boom WH, Harding CV

Cellular immunology.. 2009 254 (2):94-104. Epub 08/30/2008.

TLR2 and its co-receptors determine responses of macrophages and dendritic cells to lipoproteins of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Drage MG, Pecora ND, Hise AG, Febbraio M, Silverstein RL, Golenbock DT, Boom WH, Harding CV

Cellular immunology.. 2009 258 (1):29-37. Epub 04/11/2009.

Human -defensin-3 activates professional antigen-presenting cells via Toll-like receptors 1 and 2.

Funderburg N, Lederman MM, Feng Z, Drage MG, Jadlowsky J, Harding CV, Weinberg A, Sieg SF

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.. 2007 November 20104 (47):18631-5. Epub 11/15/2007.

Phenotyping the untouchables: environmental enhancement of behavioral and physiological activation in seizure-prone El mice.

Drage MG, Heinrichs SC

Epilepsy & behavior : E&B.. 2005 February 6 (1):35-42. Epub 1900 01 01.

Seizure-prone EL mice exhibit deficits in pup nursing and retrieval assessed using a novel method of maternal behavior phenotyping.

Bond TL, Drage M, Heinrichs SC

Epilepsy & behavior : E&B.. 2003 February 4 (1):57-64. Epub 1900 01 01.

Sexual dysfunction and sudden death in epileptic male EL mice: inheritance and prevention with the ketogenic diet.

Todorova MT, Dangler CA, Drage MG, Sheppard BJ, Fox JG, Seyfried TN

Epilepsia.. 2003 January 44 (1):25-31. Epub 1900 01 01.

Hippocampal neurons and glia in epileptic EL mice.

Drage MG, Holmes GL, Seyfried TN

Journal of neurocytology.. 2002 31 (8-9):681-92. Epub 1900 01 01.


Practical Gastrointestinal Pathology: Frequently Asked Questions (2021)

Chapter: Eosinophilic, Mastocytic, and Histiocytic Diseases of the Gastrointestinal Tract

Authors: Michael G. Drage, Amitabh Srivastava

Publisher: Springer, Cham, Switzerland 2021

Diagnostic Pathology: Infectious Diseases (2015)

Chapter: Bacterial Infections Requiring Culture/ Ancillary Diagnosis

Authors: Milner D, Pecora ND, Solomon I

Publisher: Amyrsis/Elsevier 2015

Hematopathology (2013)

Chapter: "Folate/B12 deficiency", "Lead toxicity", "Hematologic Complications of Alcoholism", "Lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma", and "Primary Myelofibrosis"

Authors: Drage MG

Publisher: Saunders 2013

Tuberculosis Handbook (2007)

Chapter: Mycobacterium tuberculosis interactions with dendritic cells and macrophages.

Authors: Salgame P, Bhatt K, Drage MG, Pecora ND, Harding CV

Publisher: Wiley 2007