Dr. Agarwal completed an Anatomic Pathology (AP) residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center (OUHSC, 2013-2016) followed by a one-year subspecialty surgicalpathology fellowship in head and neck at Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School (2016-2017). In addition, she successfully completed the cytopathology fellowship program at University of California Medical Center (UCSF), San Francisco (2017-2018).

Before joining UNM pathology, Dr. Agarwal worked at University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Memphis, TN as the director of head and neck pathology service, overseeing gross examination of complex head and neck specimens and leading the pathology team towards providing quality and standardized pathology reports for the head and neck cancer cases.

She is trained in ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration biopsies and specializes in diagnosing thyroid, salivary gland, oral and sinonasal pathology.

Dr. Agarwal’s research interests include Oral cancers, salivary gland, thyroid and endocrine pathology.

Personal Statement

My passion for anatomic pathology, in particular head and neck pathology dates back to 2010 when I was working at one of the biggest tertiary care cancer hospitals in India/SE Asia where the most common cancer specimen that came across our grossing bench was “Squamous cell carcinoma” of the jaws, mouth, and sinonasal cavities. I felt challenged by the difficult anatomy of the head and neck region and being an “honors” holder in Anatomy (a visual-spatial learner), was immediately attracted to the subspecialty.

My career in United states began in 2013 wherein I completed an Anatomic Pathology (AP) residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, followed by a one-year subspecialty surgical pathology fellowship in “Head and Neck pathology” at Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School followed by a “Cytopathology” fellowship at University of California Medical Center (UCSF).

It is not very frequently acknowledged but head and neck pathology and cytopathology go hand in hand (as majority fine needle aspirates are from salivary glands, thyroid, and neck lymph nodes) and having focused training in both subspecialties has given me a strong hold on pattern recognition both on histologic as well as cellular level (cytology being a study of individual cells). This helps me put together pieces of complicated puzzles (pathology specimens and samples in our setting) and come up with a diagnosis, thereby contributing towards best patient care.

Areas of Specialty

Head and Neck Pathology, Cytopathology, Endocrine Pathology, Anatomic pathology



  • Cytopathology, San Francisco, CA; University of California San Francisco Medical Center; Jul’17-Jun-18
  • Head and Neck Pathology, Boston, MA; Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School; Jul’16-Jun’17

Graduate education and training

  • Residency – Anatomic Pathology; The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK; Jul’13-Jun’16
  • Diplomat of National Board (DNB) – Pathology (AP/CP); National Institute of Pathology, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi, India; Dec’07–Apr’10
  • Diploma in Clinical Pathology (DCP) - AP/CP; B.J. Medical College (BJMC), University of Pune, Maharashtra, India; May’05-Jun’07
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS); GSVM Medical College, University of Kanpur, U.P., India; Sep’98-Mar’03


Achievements & Awards

  • William P. Illig Award for Outstanding Resident Research, 2015, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Department of Pathology
  • Honors Anatomy, 1999, GSVM Medical School, Kanpur, India

Key Publications

Book chapter:

Shweta Agarwal, Peter Sadow, Sara Xiang. "Parathyroid Gland" in “Practical Head and Neck Pathology: Frequently Asked Questions”. Springer. ISBN-13: 9783030106225. Book Release date: November’ 2019.

Scholarly articles published in peer reviewed journals:

  • Mary Torrez, Ryan Braunberger, Emrullah Yilmaz, Shweta Agarwal. Primary Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Thyroid with a Novel BRAF mutation and High PDL-1 Expression: A Case Report with Treatment Implications and Review of Literature. Pathology - Research and Practice, 2020, 153146,
  • Susan Park; Manali Vora; Annemieke van Zante; Joseph Humtsoe; Hyun-Su Kim; Sue Yom; Shweta Agarwal; Patrick Ha. Clinicopathologic implications of Myb and Beta-catenin expression in adenoid cystic carcinoma. J of Otolaryngol - Head & Neck Surg 49, 48 (2020).
  • Malik F, Gleysteen JP, Agarwal S. Osteosarcoma of the jaw: report of 3 cases (including the rare epithelioid variant) with review of literature [published online: 2020 May 11]. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol. 2020; S2212-4403(20)30145-0.
  • Agarwal S, Sadiq Q, Ortanca I. Hobnail cells in encapsulated papillary thyroid carcinoma: Report of 2 cases with immunohistochemical and molecular findings and literature analysis. Pathol Res Pract. 2020 March; 216 (3): 152678.
  • Sekhri R, Ortanca I, Boals C, Agarwal S. Salivary duct carcinoma: A case report of oncocytic variant with possible treatment implications and review of literature. Pathol Res Pract. 2019 Oct; 215(10):152549. doi: 10.1016/j.prp.2019.152549.
  • Cipriani Nicole A, Agarwal Shweta, Dias-Santagata Dora, Faquin William C, and Sadow Peter M. Clear Cell Change in Thyroid Carcinoma: A Clinicopathologic and Molecular Study with Identification of Variable Genetic Anomalies. Thyroid. June 2017, 27(6): 819-824.
  • Agarwal S, Zhao L, Zhang R. and Hassell L. FaceTime Validation Study: Low-cost streaming video for cytology adequacy assessment. Cancer Cytopathol. 2016 Mar; 124(3):213-20.
  • Maurer AJ, Bonney PA, Toho LC, Glenn CA, Agarwal S, Battiste JD, Fung KM, Sughrue ME. Tumor necrosis-initiated complement activation stimulates proliferation of medulloblastoma cells. Inflamm Res. 2015 Apr; 64(3-4):185-92.
  • Weygant, N., Qu, D., May, R., Tierney, R., Berry, W., Zhao, L., Agarwal, S., Chandrakesan, P., Chinthalapally, H., Murphy, N., Li, J., Sureban, S., Schlosser, M., Tomasek, J., & Houchen, C. (2015). DCLK1 is a broadly dysregulated target against epithelial-mesenchymal transition, focal adhesion, and stemness in clear cell renal carcinoma. Oncotarget, 6(4), 2193-2205.
  • Shweta Agarwal and Roy Zhang. Lymphoepithelial cysts of the laryngeal vestibule: A rare case report. Egyptian Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, 2015 Oct; 6(3), 107–108.
  • Agarwal S, Stevenson ME, Sughrue ME, Wartchow EP, Mierau GW, Fung KM. Features of intraventricular tanycytic ependymoma: report of a case and review of literature. International journal of clinical and experimental pathology. 2014; 7 (6): 3399-407.
  • Rekhi B, Amare P, Gulia A, Baisane C, Patil A, Agarwal S, Puri A, Jambhekar NA. Primary intraosseous myoepithelioma arising in the iliac bone and displaying trisomies of 11, 15, 17 with del (16q) and del (22q11)—A rare case report with review of literature. Pathology – Research and Practice. 2011 Dec; 207(12): 780-785.
  • Shweta Agarwal, Usha Agarwal, N.K. Mohanty, Sunita Saxena. Multilocular Cystic Renal Cell Carcinoma: A Case Report of a Rare Entity. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2011 Mar; 135(3):290