Dr. Roden is a consultant in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN. She holds the academic rank of Associate Professor of Pathology. Her areas of expertise include thoracic pathology, pulmonary and cardiac transplant pathology and surgical pathology. Dr. Roden also serves as the Medical Director of the Immunostains Laboratory of the department, the Vice Chair of scheduling, the chair the Lung and Heart Transplant Pathology Working Group and the Pulmonary Pathology Fellowship Director.
Dr. Roden studied medicine at the Humboldt University of Berlin and at the Technical University of Dresden in Germany. After a residency in General Surgery and research training in cancer immunology, Dr. Roden completed her residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She is a recipient of the “Dr. Hobart K.B. Allebach – Fellowship in Pathology – Outstanding Resident” award. She completed her fellowship in Surgical Pathology at the Mayo Clinic Rochester. Dr. Roden concluded her training with a Mayo scholarship in Pulmonary Pathology. She is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.
Dr. Roden focuses her research on thymic epithelial neoplasms, mediastinal malignancies and cancer biomarkers. She reviewed and established an institutional thymic epithelial tumor database that contains over 600 thymic epithelial tumors. In 2009 she joined the International Thymic Malignancy Interest Group and serves as Vice President since 2014. Dr. Roden is also a member of the virtual thymoma panel of pathology laboratories of the Netherlands. She has multiple publications on prognostic factors, histologic classification, staging, cell kinetic parameters, subtypes and treatment changes of thymic epithelial tumors amongst others. For her work she was the recipient of the President’s Pulmonary Pathology Society Innovation Award in March, 2017.
Dr. Roden is very interested in teaching and has given multiple lectures and slide seminars on thoracic pathology at regional, national and international conferences. She is also the co-editor of a recently published book on “Mediastinal Lesions: Diagnostic Pearls for Interpretation of Small Biopsies and Cytology”.