Division of Anatomic & Surgical Pathology

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Call Client Services 804-828-PATH (828-7284); 1-800-363-9234

 

Anatomic Pathology Services

Anatomic Pathology incorporates the following laboratory services: 

Autopsy
Our Service is staffed by faculty mentors who are certified in Anatomic Pathology, two Pathologists’ Assistants, a Pathology Lab Assistant, and one to two rotating Pathology Residents who perform 125 to 150 autopsies a year.

Cytopathology
Cytopathology services offers expert cytologic interpretation and consultation of gynecological, non-gynecological and fine needle aspiration (FNA) specimens with the ultimate goal of attaining the most accurate and complete diagnosis possible. We utilize the most advanced technologies available including light microscopy, immunocytochemistry, special stains and liquid base mono-layer pap smear preparation (SurePath). We additionally offer FNA services to the VCU Medical Center hospitals and clinics and to patients referred from physicians for FNA to our Cytodiagnosis Center.

Neuropathology 
Our department has two Board certified neuropathologists. We maintain a close working relationship with Neurology, Neuro-oncology, and Neurosurgery in clinical service and research efforts. Brain, nerve, and muscle biopsies as well as brains from autopsies are received from VCUHS, the Chief Medical Examiner's Office, and referring physicians for diagnosis. Two hundred brain autopsies are performed each year. Research specialties include epilepsy and tumors. 

 

Surgical Pathology Services

Surgical Pathology 
Surgical pathology offers full histology services including immunohistochemistry, molecular diagnostics, and electron microscopy. Specialty services include:

  • Breast, Heart and Lung Pathology
  • Dermatopathology
  • Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT), Soft Tissue & Bone Pathology
  • Gastrointestinal & Liver Pathology
  • Renal Pathology

The Anatomic Pathology Receiving area is located at the MCV campus in the Gateway Building, 1200 E. Marshall Street, 6th floor, (804) 828-9739.

 

Leadership and Contacts

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Celeste N. Powers, MD, PhD

Chair of the Division of Anatomic Pathology
Surgical Pathology and Cytopathology

Professor of Pathology
Director of Anatomic Pathology Services and Cytopathology
Saul Kay Chair in Diagnostic Pathology 
Celeste.Powers@vcuhealth.org
Office: (804) 828-9739 
Fax: (804) 828-9749

Jorge A Almenara, PhD

Jorge A. Almenara, PhD

Anatomic Pathology
Affiliate Associate Professor of Pathology
Manager of Anatomic Pathology
Jorge.Almenara@vcuhealth.org
Office: (804) 628-2949
Fax: (804) 828-8733

Melissa J Contos, MD

Melissa J. Contos, MD

Surgical Pathology
Professor of Pathology
Director of Surgical Pathology
Melissa.Contos@vcuhealth.org
Office: (804) 828-9013
Fax: (804) 828-5055

Adele O Kraft, MD

Adele O. Kraft, MD

Anatomic Pathology
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Director of Cytopathology
Adele.Kraft@vcuhealth.org
Office: (804) 628-5383

Hope  Richard, MD, PhD

Hope Richard, MD, PhD

Neuropathology
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Director of Neuropathology
Hope.Richard@vcuhealth.org
Office: (804) 628-1690
Fax: (804) 827-4434

Terra Lewis

Terra Lewis, HT(ASCP)

Supervisor of Histology Laboratory
Office: (804) 828-4874
Terra.Lewis@vcuhealth.org

Narjes Mousavi

Narjes Mousavi, BS, CT(ASCP) 

Supervisor of Cytopathology Laboratory
Office: (804) 628-1288
Narjes.MousaviNasab@vcuhealth.org