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Michael J. Beckmann Pathology Associates of Central IllinoisDr. Junaid Baqai, M.D.
Joined PACI in 2014

Dr. Baqai was born in Chicago, IL but spent most of his life in Karachi, Pakistan. He came to the United States after graduating from one of the most oldest and prestigious medical college in Pakistan, DOW Medical College. He did his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology from Danbury Hospital, CT followed by hematopathology fellowship from William Beaumont Hospital, Michigan and oncologic-surgical pathology fellowship from Roswell Park Cancer Institute, New York. Throughout his training, he has been extensively involved in teaching residents, medical students, and undergraduates. During his training, he has presented multiple research papers in local and national conferences. He is currently board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology and hematopathology.

Dr. Baqai has particular expertise in hematopathology (bone marrow evaluations, lymph nodes, hemostasis, hemoglobin electrophoresis and flow cytometry). He has been appointed Clinical Assistant Professor at the Southern Illinois College of Medicine. He also serves as Medical Director of hematology, coagulation and flow cytometry at Memorial Medical Center.

In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, spending time with family and traveling.


  1. Baqai J, Crisan D. Correlation of FLT3 mutations with expression of CD7 in acute myeloid leukemia. Diagn Mol Pathol. 2014 [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Pokuri V, Merzianu M, Gandhi S, Baqai J, Bhat S. Interdigitating Dendritic Cell Sarcoma: A Case Report and Review of Literature. JNCCN 2014 (in press)
    Abstracts and Presentations
  3. Baqai J, Likes W, Qureshi N, Bloom L, Benstein B, Zafar N. HPV Genotyping of Biopsy-Proven Low Grade Dysplasia of Vulva- Potential Implication for HPV Vaccination. United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, March 2009 and 35th European Congress of Cytology, Lisbon, Portugal, September 2009.
  4. Baqai J, Edwards L, Ellis B, Woodruff M, Kranwinkel R. Correlation of Positive Culture, Neutrophil CD64 (FcγRI receptor) Status and The Subsequent Effect of Antibiotic Therapy. College of American Pathologists, September 2010
  5. Kesha K, Vischio A, Mansoor S, Baqai J, Elfanek H, Cohenuram M. Granular Cell Astrocytoma: Case Report and Review of Literature. College of American Pathologists, September 2010
  6. Mansoor S, Baqai J, Kesha K, Edwards L, Vidhun R. Desmoplastic Fibroma of Rib: Case Report and Literature Review. College of American Pathologists, September 2010
  7. Baqai J, Mansoor S, Ellis B, Woodruff M, Edwards L. CD10 expression on granulocytes- A possible prognostic indicator in MDS. American Society of Clinical Pathology 2011.
  8. Syed M, Baqai J, Dolkar T, Ellis B, Woodruff M, Siddiqui R, Edwards L. GpIIb(CD41) expression on megakaryocytes – A marker of dysplasia in patients with myelodysplastic syndrome. College of American Pathologist, September 2011
  9. Baqai S, Baqai J, Bhalla A, Orlina J, Elfanek H. Small Bowel Intussusception Secondary to Inflammatory Fibroid Polyp of the Ileum: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. American Society of Clinical Pathology, November 2012
  10. Baqai J, Huang J, Smith M. Bcl-2 Maturation Pattern in T-cells Distinguishes Thymic Neoplasm/Hyperplasia, T-Lymphoblastic Lymphoma and Reactive Lymph Nodes. United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, March 2013.


Pathology Associates of Central Illinois Chairpersons:

Mark Clarke, M.D.
Laboratory Director
Decatur Memorial Hospital   

John Z. Gao, MD, PhD,   
Laboratory Director
Memorial Medical Center     

Yan Chen, M.D.
Laboratory Director
Passavant Area Hospital 

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