Manju Prasad, MD, MBBS

Professor of Pathology; Director, Endocrine, Head & Neck Pathology; Director, Immunohistochemistry Laboratory; Director, Endocrine, Head and Neck Pathology Fellowship

Departments & Organizations

Pathology: Experimental Pathology Graduate Program | Surgical Pathology: Bone & Soft Tissue Pathology; Head, Neck & Endocrine Pathology

Yale Cancer Center: Endocrine Cancers Program | Genomics, Genetics, and Epigenetics | Head and Neck Cancers Program

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research


I was born in India and am the first to go to medical school in my father's side of the family. I was 17 years old at the time, straight out of high school and was overwhelmed by my patients' desperate and immediate need for help. I realized I could remain more objective and focused if I practiced pathology and helped the treating physicians understand the underlying mechanisms of disease, so treatments could be individualized. From the start, I have been fascinated by cancer cells, their immortality and lethality. My interest is in detecting cancer, predicting their behavior and response to therapeutic agents, many of which are harmful to the patients. My current practice and work is focused on thyroid, salivary and head and neck cancers, in identifying their protein expression profiles and new targets for therapy.

Education & Training

MD Institute of Medical Sciences Varanasi, India (1984)
MBBS Institute of Medical Sciences Varanasi, India (1981)
Fellow Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Fellow` Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Resident New York Presbyterian Hospital
Board Certification AB of Pathology, Anatomic & Clinical Pathology (1998)

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Contact Info

Manju Prasad, MD, MBBS
Office Location
Department of PathologyYale New Haven Hospital
20 York Street, Ste EP2-608D

New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Pathology310 Cedar Street
PO Box 208023

New Haven, CT 06520-8023
A child with papillary thyroid cancer.  The tumor had NTRK3 gene fusion

Nodules of tumor cells infiltrating thyroid tissue and blood vessels

Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma

The patient was an 80-year-old man who was coughing blood. The thyroid tumor was massive and had eroded through his trachea leading to coughing and bleeding. The tumor is a tall cell variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma.