Sonny Hardman, III, MD

  • AU/UGA Medical Partnership

    Associate Professor of Pathology

  • Anatomic and Clinical Pathologist

  • Curriculum Vitae

After completing his fellowship at Emory University, Dr. Hardman moved to Athens, Georgia to practice pathology at St. Mary’s Hospital. After several years, Hardman established a private laboratory, Hardman Pathology and Dermatopathology, where he practiced until entering academia full-time.


1981 B.S. Biology Newberry College
1992 M.D. Emory University School of Medicine


1992 - 1997 Department of Pathology Residency Emory School of Medicine
1997 - 1998 Dermatopathology Fellowship Emory University Affiliated Hospitals

Academic Appointments

1998 - 2001 Clinical Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine
2011 - 2012 Assistant Professor of Pathology, AU/UGA Medical Partnership
2012 - Present Associate Professor of Pathology, AU/UGA Medical Partnership
  • Expertise & Interests

    • Neoplasia
    • Malignancy/Metastasis
    • Neurodegenerative Disorders
    • Dermatologic Inflammatory Disorders
  • Research Interests

    Currently, Dr. Hardman researches in the area of tumor microenvironment and how it relates to angiogenesis and metastasis in malignant melanoma and ovarian epithelial carcinoma.

  • Selected Publications

    1. Book Chapter:  Sweat H.L, Hardman W.J. and Solomon A.R. Non-neoplastic Diseases of the Skin, In: Diagnostic Surgical Pathology  3rd edition. Hong Kong: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins (1999)
    2. Murph M.M., Jiang G.W., Altman M.K., Jia W., Nguyen D.T., Fambrough J.M., Hardman W.J., Nguyen H.T., Tran S.T.,  Al Shamrani A.A., Madan D., Zhang J. and Prestwich G.D. Vinyl Sulfone Analogs of Lysophosphatidylcholine Irreversibly Inhibit Autotaxin and Prevent Angiogenesis in Melanoma. Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry (in press)
    3. Altman M., Nguyen D., Patel S., Fambrough J., Beedle A., Hardman W. and Murph M. Regulator of G-protein Signaling 5 Reduces HeyA8 Ovarian Cancer Cell Proliferation and Extends Survival in Murine Tumor Model. Biochem Res Int. 2012: 518437 (2012)
    4. Morris R. Hardman W. and Solomon A. Acral Polypoid Giant Cell Tumor. J Cutan Pathol 25:507 (1998)
    5. Gansler T.S., Hardman W.J. III, Hunt D.A., Schaffel S. and Hennigar R.A. Increased Expression of Fatty Acid Synthase (OA-519) in Ovarian Neoplasms Predicts Shorter Survival. Human Pathol 28:686-692 (1997)
    6. Hardman W., Lee D., Unger E. and Weathers D. A Clinicopathologic Study with In Situ Hybridization Analysis of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) in 22 Cases of Verruciform Xanthomas From the Oral Mucosa. Pathol Inter 46:439 (1996)
    7. Hardman W. and Majmudar B., Crohn’s Disease in the Vulva. Pathol Inter 46:834 (1996)
    8. Hardman W. and Majmudar B. Human vs. Canine Dirofilaria Immitus Infection. Pathol Inter 46:34 (1996)
    9. Hardman W. and Majmudar B. Leiomyomatosis Peritonealis Disseminata: Clinicopathologic Analysis of 5 cases. So Med J 89:291-294 (1996)
    10. Hardman W. and Majmudar B. Tuberculosis in the female Genital Tract. Pathol Inter 46:365 (1996)
    11. Hardman W. and Majmudar B. Malakoplakia in the Female Urogenital Tract. Pathol Inter 36:833 (1996)
    12. Hardman W., J. III, Howard T. Benian G., McGowan J., Metchock B. and Mutagh J. Rapid Detection of Mycobacteria in Inflammatory Necrotizing Granulomas from Formalin-Fixed Paraffin Embedded Tissue by PCR in Clinically High Risk Patients with Acid Fast Stain and Culture Negative Tissue Biopsies. Am J Clin Pathol 106:384-389 (1996)
    13. Hardman W., Howard T., Benian G., McGowan J., Metchock B. and Murtagh J. PCR Detection of Mycobacteria in Inflammatory Necrotizing Granulomas (NG) From Archived, Paraffin-Embedded, Culture and Acid Fast Negative Tissue Biopsies. Am J Res Cr Care Med 153:A34 (1996)
    14. Tang X., Winger P., Hardman W., Fleming J. and Benian G. Identification of a new Twitchin in C. Elegans Muscle. Mol  Biol Cell (supple) (1995)
    15. Hardman W., and Majmudar B. Human Pulmonary Dirofilariasis Mimicking a Malignancy. So Med J 88:S83 (1995)
    16. Hardman W., Howard T., Benian G., McGowan J., Metchock B. and Murtagh J . Inflammatory Necrotizing Granulomas that are Acid Fast Stain and Culture Negative for Mycobacteria but Positive by Polymerase Chain Reaction in Formalin-Fixed Paraffin Embedded Tissue with Clinicopathologic Follow-up. Am J Clin Pathol 105:326 (1995)
    17. Hardman W., Gansler T., Scaffel S. and Hennigar R. OA-419 Immunostaining for Fatty Acid Synthase Portends Poor Prognosis in Ovarian Carcinoma. Mod Pathol 8:90A (1995)
    18. Hardman W. J. III, Majmudar B., DeRose P. , Gramlich T., Gansler T. and Cohen C. Image Cytometric Quantification of Tumor Angiogenesis in Epithelial Ovarian Carcinoma. Inter J Surg Pathol 2:225 (1994)
    19. Hardman W.J. III and Majmudar B. Leiomyomatosis Peritonealis Disseminata: Report of 5 Cases. Inter J Surg Pathol 2:226 (1994)
    20. Hardman W.J. III, Gal A.A. and Pascal R.R. Synchronous Adenocarcinoma and Low-Grade B-Cell Lymphoma of Mucosa-Associated Lymphoid Tissue (MALT-oma) of the Stomach Associated with Chronic Gastritis. Gastroenterol 106:A391 (1994)
    21. Hardman W.J. III, Gramlich T., Cohen C., Fritch C., DeRose P.B. and Gansler T. Evaluation of C-erb B and c-myc Gene Amplification in Epithelial Ovarian Carcinoma by Differential Polymerase Chain Reaction. Mod Pathol 7:89A (1994)
    22. Lovejoy J. Hardman W., Dale E. and DiGirolamo M. Elevated Fasting Lactate Levels: Relationship   to Glucose Intolerance. Obesity Res  1(supple):39 (1993)
    23. Dass P.D., Bautista N.S. Hardman W.J III, Lawson L.R. and Kurtz I. Benzoate Modulates Renal and Extrarenal Nitrogen Flow: Metabolic Mechanisms. Life Science 48:723-731 (1991)
    24. May R., Hardman W. and Mitch W. An In-Vitro Model for the Study of Protein Turnover of Proximal Tubules. Kidney Inter 35:446 (1989)
    25. Mitch W., May R. and Hardman W. Chronic Uremia Changes Both Insulin Receptor and Function in Skeletal Muscle of Rats. Kidney Inter 35:433 (1989)
    26. Hardman W., Dass P. and Kurtz I. Benzoate (B) Stimulates Renal Glutamine (Gln) Ammoniagenesis Via Gamma-Glutamyltransferase. Kidney Inter 33:390 (1988)
    27. Dass P., Hardman W., Budden R. and Kurtz I. Interaction of Glutamine (GLN) and Glutathione (GSH) in Nonacidotic (NA) and Acidotic (A) Rat Renal Proximal Tubules. Kidney Inter 33:390 (1988)
  • Affiliations

    • Board of Trustees, Rabun Gap Nacoochee School: 2008-2011
    • Emory University Alumni Board: 2008-2010                 
  • Of Note

    • 1st place, 12th Annual Postgraduate Pathology Symposium, Fares John House Staff Poster Competition, Medical College of Georgia, 04/18/1998
    • 1st place, American Society of Clinical Pathology National Resident Research Competition, New Orleans, La. 09/19/1995
    • Awarded Medical Student Research Fellowship, 05/05/1989