Sophia Apple

Sophia Apple, M.D.

  • Clinical Professor, Division of Anatomic Pathology, Department of Pathology

Sophia Apple, M.D.

Clinical Specialties
  • Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
Research Focus
  • Breast Cancer
Other Languages Spoken
  • Korean
  • Japanese
I always dreamed about becoming a medical doctor since I was 5 years old.”
 
Born in Korea, Sophia Apple, M.D. survived a childhood bout with polio which left her with a slight limp and a determination to become a physician. In her second year of medical school she became fascinated with pathology, which she calls “the brain of medicine.”
 
After more than 20 years at UCLA (15 as director of breast pathology), Dr. Apple came to City of Hope to expand her clinical and research work with breast cancer, in search of better treatments for her patients.
 
Dr. Apple studied biochemistry at New York University, received her medical degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and completed her pathology residency and fellowship at UCLA. 
 
Dr. Apple literally “wrote the book” on combining breast imaging and pathology, co-authoring a definitive textbook on the subject and published more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles related to breast diseases. 
 
She’s grateful and loves America for the opportunities given for her to fulfill her dreams.
 
 
  • 2016 – Current, Clinical Professor, Department of Pathology, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
  • 2002 – 2016, Director of Breast Pathology, Department of Pathology, University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center, CA
  • 1998 – 2002, Staff Pathologist and Partner, Southern California Kaiser Permanente, Woodland Hills Medical Center, CA
  • 2000 – 2002, Immunohistochemical Laboratory, Sherman Way, Kaiser Permanente, CA

Locations

Duarte

1500 East Duarte Road, Duarte, CA, 91010

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Phone :  626-256-4673

Degrees

  • 1992, M.D., Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio
  • 1987, M.S. in Biochemistry, New York University, New York, New York
  • 1984, B.A. in Biochemistry, New York University, New York, New York

Fellowship

  • 1997, Surgical Pathology, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1998, Cytopathology, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Residency

  • 1996, Anatomical and Clinical Pathology, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1997, Chief Resident, Surgical Pathology, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1998, American Board of Cytopathology
  • 1997, American Board of Anatomic Pathology & Clinical Pathology
  • 1994, State of California Medical Board License for Physicians and Surgeons (License #: G77815)
  • 1992, National Board of Medical Examiners, Part III
  • 1991, National Board of Medical Examiners, Part II
  • 1990, National Board of Medical Examiners, Part I
  • 2016, The annual College Outstanding Alumni Awards for 2016 from Wright State University
  • 2016, Wright State University Crystal Award from Heritage Society
  • 2015, Humanitarian Award from San Fernando Valley Food Bank
  • 2001, Outstanding Physician of the Year Award, Southern Kaiser Permanente at Woodland Hills Medical Center.
  • 1995, Honorary Recipient Award, Los Angeles Pathology Society Resident Award
  • 1990-1991, Wright State University School of Medicine Scholarship Recipient, Top 10 of Class Rank
  • 1990-1991, Honors in Psychiatry, Family Practice and Diagnostic Radiology
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