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Dr Patrizia Viola graduated from high school in the USA in 2000 and in Italy in 2001, where she focused on scientific subjects. She was enrolled in medical school in Italy from October 2001 to October 2007, when she graduated with the highest grade and honour. During the last two years of medical school she completed an MD on the relationship between cervical cancer and HPV-induced lesions. In February 2008 she passed the state exam and became a member of the Italian equivalent of the General Medical Council (GMC).

From June 2009 to July 2014 Dr Viola undertook in the pathology training program as specialist register in histo/cytopathology. In July 2012 she registered with the GMC and spent two months as visiting fellow at University College London Hospital. From February 2014 to January 2016 she worked as a clinical fellow at Royal Brompton Hospital. She has been on the GMC specialist register since August 2014. From February 2016 to November 2016 Dr Viola worked as a consultant histo/cytopathologist at Whittington Health, where she was specialty lead for lung and gynaecology pathology. She joined Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in November 2016.


Cardiothoracic pathology, gynaecology pathology, cytopathology

Research & publications

Dr Viola has authored and co-authored 18 publications. Her most recent are:

Conti, C., Montero-Fernandez, A., Borg, E., Osadolor, T., Viola, P., De Lauretis, A., Stock, C.J., Bonifazi, M., Bonini, M., Caramori, G., Lindahl, G., Blasi, F.B., Nicholson, A.G., Wells, A.U., Sestini, P., Renzoni, E. (2016) Mucins MUC5B and MUC5AC in distal airways and honeycomb spaces: comparison among idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis/usual interstitial pneumonia, fibrotic nonspecific interstitial pneumonitis, and control lungs. Am J Respir Crit Care Med, Feb 15, 193(4), 462-4. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201507-1322LE. Availabel at:

Viola, P., Amat Villegas, I., Dusmet, M., Nicholson, A.G., Montero Fernandez, M.A. (2016) Dieulafoy's disease of the airways: a comprehensive review of a rare entity. Histopathology, Nov, 69(5), 886-90. doi: 10.1111/his.13000 Available at:

Viola, P., Maurya, M., Croud, J., Gazdova, J., Suleman, N., Lim, E., Newsom-Davis, T., Plowman, N., Rice, A., Montero, M.A., Gonzalez de Castro, D., Popat, S., Nicholson, A.G. (2016) A validation study for the use of ROS1 immunohistochemical staining in screening for ROS1 translocations in lung cancer. J Thorac Oncol, Jul, 11(7), 1029-39. doi: .1016/j.jtho.2016.03.019. Available at:

Viola, P., Vroobel, K.M., Devaraj, A., Jordan, S., Ladas, G., Dusmet, M., Montero, A., Rice, A., Wotherspoon, A.C., Nicholson, A.G. (2016) Follicular dendritic cell tumour/sarcoma: a commonly misdiagnosed tumour in the thorax. Histopathology, Nov, 69(5), 752-61. doi: 10.1111/his.12998. Available at: