Matthew DeNicola, MD

Matthew DeNicola, MD


Dr. DeNicola is the director of our hematopathology service, as well as the flow cytometry, hematology, and coagulation divisions of the clinical laboratory. He also serves as the medical director for two small laboratories in Santa Barbara. He hosts weekly teaching rounds with the hematologists and oncologists in the community and presents at the interdisciplinary cancer committee tumor board.

Dr. DeNicola currently serves on the House of Delegates for the College of American Pathologist and was one of the founding members of @PathJC, the first Twitter-based journal club for pathologists. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, primarily in the areas of lymphoma, leukemia, and immunology.

Work directly with patients helped Dr. DeNicola to become one of the first pathologists to receive a grant from the California Health Professions Education Foundation for his work in the community.

Beyond the laboratory, Dr. DeNicola enjoys operating his outpatient clinic, where he performs bone marrow biopsies under sedation for patients who require this setting.

Dr. DeNicola is passionate about extending the reach of pathologists outside the laboratory.  He works very closely with his clinical colleagues to ensure each and every case is handled with the personal attention it deserves. He prides himself on always being available to discuss cases or laboratory questions, be it by phone, e-mail, or text.

Outside work, Dr. DeNicola is an avid Dodger and Laker fan, and enjoys attending and watching games. He is obsessed with coffee, and has a long-running hobby roasting coffee beans – if you're interested, ask him for a bag! He also enjoys cooking and spending time with his wife, family, and pack of chihuahuas.

Education and Background

Fellowships: Hematopathology, UCLA (2013-2014)

Residency: Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology, UCLA (2009-2013)

Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine (2005-2009)

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