Clinical Focus

  • Autopsy Pathology
  • Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

Academic Appointments

Honors & Awards

  • Lawrence H. Mathers Award for Exceptional Commitment to Teaching & Medical Student Education, Stanford School of Medicine (2017)
  • Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Preclinical Teaching, Stanford School of Medicine (2016)
  • Outstanding Lecture/Presentation, Stanford School of Medicine (2015)
  • Junior Faculty Teaching Award, Anatomic Pathology (2014)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Junior Faculty Representative, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (2016 - Present)
  • Board Member, UC Davis School of Medicine Alumni Association Board of Directors (2016 - Present)
  • Member, American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA) (2014 - Present)
  • Member, College of American Pathologists (CAP) (2011 - Present)
  • Member, United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) (2010 - Present)

Professional Education

  • Board Certification: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, American Board of Pathology (2013)
  • Residency:Stanford Hospital and Clinics (2013) CA
  • Medical Education:University of California Davis School of Medicine (2010) CA
  • MS, Stanford University, Biological Sciences (2003)
  • BS, UC Santa Barbara, Mathematics, Microbiology (2003)

Research & Scholarship

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Medican education, anatomy, autopsy


  • Peer Coaching Program on Teaching and Mentoring, Stanford Medicine Teaching and Mentoring Academy

    Peer coaching is a professional development process in which educators voluntarily work together to improve their teaching and/or mentoring skills. It offers a collaborative, non-judgmental and non-evaluative approach to refining professional knowledge and skills. (


    Stanford, CA


2017-18 Courses


All Publications

  • Trends in pathology graduate medical education programs and positions, 2001 to 2017. Academic Pathology Petriceks, A., Salmi, D. 2018; 5: 1-6
  • Mock gynecologic cytology proficiency testing as a milestone assessment tool for anatomic pathology residents Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology Salmi, D. J., Toth, B. D., Kong, C. S. 2015; 4 (1): 10-15
  • Occult pigmented ganglioglioma in an adult male with chronic posttraumatic epilepsy. Clinical neuropathology Plowey, E. D., Vogel, H., Salmi, D., Shuer, L. M. 2013; 32 (3): 192-195

    View details for DOI 10.5414/NP300550

    View details for PubMedID 23254137

  • Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura in a Child With Systemic Lupus Erythematosus JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC HEMATOLOGY ONCOLOGY Thampi, S., Salmi, D., Imashuku, S., Ducore, J., Satake, N. 2011; 33 (3): 221-223


    We report a child with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) secondary to systemic lupus erythematosus. The diagnosis was confirmed by low ADAMTS13 activity (<5%) along with the presence of a low titer inhibitor. Her clinical course was complicated by systemic lupus erythematosus, immunosuppressant therapy, and septic shock. She responded to plasma exchange and ADAMTS13 activity levels recovered. This case illustrates the heterogeneity of TTP and the difficulty of making a diagnosis of TTP. ADAMTS13 activity assay can be useful in the differential diagnosis of diseases with clinical features of thrombotic microangiopathy in pediatric patients. However, treatment needs to be decided carefully case-by-case.

    View details for DOI 10.1097/MPH.0b013e318208425d

    View details for Web of Science ID 000288694700022

    View details for PubMedID 21336165

  • Neuroblastoma of Unknown Primary Site With Periorbital Bone Metastasis in a Child PEDIATRIC BLOOD & CANCER Salmi, D., Patel, C., Imashuku, S., Shimada, H., Satake, N. 2010; 55 (2): 361-363


    Neuroblastoma is the second most common solid tumor in children. Most tumors arise in the adrenal glands or paravertebral region. Rarely, patients present with metastatic disease but no primary site can be found despite extensive imaging. We report here a patient with a large periorbital bone metastasis and bone marrow involvement but with no known primary site.

    View details for DOI 10.1002/pbc.22524

    View details for Web of Science ID 000279559200031

    View details for PubMedID 20582979

  • Diagnostic challenges in native valve fungal endocarditis producing a massive septic pulmonary embolus. Nihon Ishinkin Gakkai zasshi = Japanese journal of medical mycology Salmi, D., Bhat, A., Corman, L., Raff, G., Satake, N. 2010; 51 (4): 207-210


    Diagnosis and treatment of Candida albicans endocarditis can be difficult. We report a case of this rare condition in which a patient on oral fluconazole presented with septic pulmonary emboli without initial echocardiographic evidence of vegetation. Rapid attainment of a tissue diagnosis, along with combined medical surgical treatment proved to be effective for this patient.

    View details for PubMedID 21060214