Grace C. H. Yang, M.D.
Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology
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Grace C. H. Yang, M.D.

Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology

Gender: Female
Language: English
Insurance: 39 accepted  View

Locations and Appointments



  • Fine Needle Aspiration


Board Certifications

  • Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology
  • Cytopathology

Clinical & Academic Positions

  • Attending Pathologist - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Clinical Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education & Training

  • M.D., Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 1987
  • M.S., Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey, 1982
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1966
  • B.S., National Taiwan University (Taiwan), 1964


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Personal Statement

I am interested in clinical research that directly effecting patient care. Back in 1994, while as a junior faculty of this institution, I and a Cytopathology fellow shortened the Papanicolaou stain from 20 min. to 90 sec. as well as increasing the resolution of cellular details, thus named Ultrafast Papanicolaou stain (UFP). UFP allows cytopathologists to offer immediate diagnosis of fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsies to the patients while they are waiting. Diagnostic clues enhanced by UFP include "grape-like" watery clear nuclei of follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma; enhanced nuclear and cytoplasmic features to distinguish adenoid cystic carcinoma from look alike cylindromatous adenomas in salivary FNA; enhanced detection of Hodgkin cells in lymph node FNA; and the visualization of long microvilli of mesothelioma displayed within the retraction halos in pleural effusions. In additional to publication in peer-reviewed journals (see my Bibliography), the data that I collected in liver, pancreas, kidney, adrenal and retroperitoneum masses was summarized in a book that I co-wrote in 2007, the data collected for lung and mediastinum was summarized in book I co-edited in 2012, and the data collected for thyroid with ultrasound and histologic correlations was published in 2013. (see my books)


Dr. Yang came to the United States in 1964 after graduation from National Taiwan University majoring in Plant Pathology to attend the University of Wisconsin at Madison. After obtaining an M.S. degree, she got married and worked as an electron microscopist in research laboratories at University of Chicago, M.I.T. and Rutgers Medical School for 16 years. After an M.S. degree in Zoology from Rutgers University, she was admitted at age 40 to Rutgers (Robert Wood Johnson) Medical School and graduated in 1987.  She had AP/CP Pathology residency training at New York University Medical Center, followed by Cytopathology fellowship at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She became Assistant Professor at Cornell University Medical College in 7/1992 and developed Ultrafast Papanicolaou stain (UFP) reducing the time from 15 minutes to 90 seconds. She was then invited to use UFP to provide immediate diagnosis to the patients underwent CT- and ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNA) at Park Avenue Radiology and was reported at New York Times on 4/25/1995. She was then recruited to New York University Medical Center on 1/1996 as Associate Professor and promoted to Professor in 7/2005. She returned to Cornell in 11/2006 to study the histopathology of thyroidectomies of patients who she made the FNA diagnosis. After signing the thyroid FNA book contract with Cambridge University Press, she became part-time faculty in 7/2011. The book was published in 4/2013. Now she goes to Lenox Hill Radiology on Tuesdays to provide immediate diagnosis to patients and on Wednesdays she issues FNA biopsy reports and shares her experience with young pathologists on the multi-headed microscope and occasional lectures.


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

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  • AETNA - Medicare
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Affinity Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Amida Care
  • Blue Priority Network
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Pathway X
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Pathway X Enhanced
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI - CBP
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care - Medicare
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care - Community Plan
  • VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
  • WellCare Health Plans

Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

2019 Geno Saccomanno, MD. New Frontiers in Cytology Award. American Society of Cytopathology. (for submitting the best scientific paper describing new methods or modification of new methods in cytopathology)

2009 America's Leading Experts on Thyroid Gland Cancer (Thyroid Neoplasm), recognized by "" for among the top 15 percent of publishing physicians recognized as thought leaders.

2003 Guide to America's Top Physicians (Cytopathology). recognized by Consumer Research Council of America.