Hope Richard, MD, PhD

Interim Chair of Anatomic Pathology Division

Hope Richard, MD, PhDAssociate Professor of Pathology; Director of Autopsy, Neuropathology; Director of Undergraduate Medical Education

Department: Pathology

Phone: (804) 628-1690

Fax: (804) 827-4434

Email: Hope.Richard@vcuhealth.org

Hope Theresa Richard, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Pathology and the Director of Neuropathology and Autopsy at Virginia Commonwealth University. She received her PhD and MD from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile, AL and went on to complete her Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency training as well as her Neuropathology Fellowship training at VCU. Dr. Richard currently serves as the director of the neuropathology fellowship and undergraduate education and is an active member of the teaching faculty in the VCU School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Dr. Richard’s research interests include the pathogenesis and genetics of primary CNS neoplasms.

Clinical Specialties: Neuropathology and Autopsy

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Licenses & Certifications

Medical License


Board Certifications

American Board of Pathology (AP/CP Certification)

American Board of Pathology (Neuropathology Certification)


Postgraduate Medical Training

Neuropathology Fellowship, Department of Pathology Virginia Commonwealth University

AP/CP Residency, Department of Pathology Virginia Commonwealth University

Medical Education
College of Medicine
University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL

Graduate Education
Ph.D. Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL


2014          Virginia Commonwealth University, Lyman Fellowship Award

2013          Outstanding Young Alumni Award, Huntingdon College

2012          Virginia Commonwealth University, The Lyman Resident Research Award

2011             Resident Best Poster Finalist, American Society of Clinical Pathology General Meeting

2010             Virginia Commonwealth University, Charles “Buck” Moncure Autopsy Award

2007             Association of Pathology Chairs, Pathology Honor Society

VCU Service

Instructor and assistant course director; General Pathology School of Dentistry (PATH 601)

Instructor, medical student (MII) Nervous System/Mind, Brain, Behavior Course, Virginia Commonwealth University

Instructor, Neurology and Pathology Resident Neuropathology Lecture Series, Virginia Commonwealth University

Neuro-oncology tumor board, Virginia Commonwealth University

Chair, Policy subcommittee GMEC

Member, VCU SOM Curriculum Council

Member, Medical Staff Quality Oversight Committee

Member, Lab Utilization Committee

Member, VCUHS Physician Informaticist

Professional Organizations

American Society of Clinical Pathologists College of American Pathologists

United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology

American Association of Neuropathologists Medical Society of Virginia

American Association of Clinical Chemistry

Recent Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

Ohene-Nyako M, Nass SR, Richard HT, Lukande R, Nicol MR, McRae M, Knapp PE, Hauser KF. Casein Kinase 2 Mediates HIV- and Opioid-Induced Pathologic Phosphorylation of TAR DNA Binding Protein 43 in the Basal Ganglia. ASN neuro. 2023 Jan 01; Volume: 15 Pg: 1759091423 PMID: 36890725

Chang G, Xie GS, Ma L, Li P, Li L, Richard HT. USP36 promotes tumorigenesis and drug sensitivity of glioblastoma by deubiquitinating and stabilizing ALKBH5. Neuro-oncology. 2022 Oct 14; PMID: 36239338

Li L, Zhou A, Wei Y, Liu F, Li P, Fang R, Ma L, Zhang S, Wang L, Liu J, Richard HT, Chen Y, Wang H, Huang S. Critical role of lncEPAT in coupling dysregulated EGFR pathway and histone H2A deubiquitination during glioblastoma tumorigenesis. Science advances. 2022 Oct 07; Volume: 8 Issue: 40 Pg: eabn2571 PMID: 36197973

Broaddus WC, Somasundaram A, Carr MT, Opalak CF, Richard HT, Wolber SB, Sangiray HE. Resolution and Re-ossification of Orbital-Wall Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis Following Stereotactic Needle Biopsy. Journal of neurological surgery reports. 2022 Jul 19; Volume: 83 Issue: 3 Pg: e90-e94 PMID: 35864894

Li P, Richard HT, Zhu K, Li L, Huang S. The Roles and Regulation of m6A Modification in Glioblastoma Stem Cells and Tumorigenesis. Biomedicines. 2022 Apr 22; Volume: 10 Issue: 5 PMID: 35625706

Sahajwalla D, Vorona G, Tye G, Harper A, Richard H, Sisler I, Ellett M, Cameron B, Rivet D, Urbine J. Aggressive vertebral hemangioma masquerading as neurological disease in a pediatric patient. Radiology case reports. 2021 Mar 01; Volume: 16 Issue: 5 Pg: 1107-1112 PMID: 33732402

Pilato CM, Walker MS, Nguyen AM, Hanna ME, Huang SL, Lutins EM, Meredith MA, Haar PJ, Thangarajh M, Richard HT, Chow WN. Dystrophic muscle distribution in late-stage muscular dystrophy. Autopsy & case reports. 2020 Nov 20; Volume: 10 Issue: 4 Pg: e2020221 PMID: 33344329

Book Chapters

Richard H. Pathology of pediatric oligodendroglioma. In: Paleologos NA and Newton HB, (eds). Oligodendroglioma: Clinical Presentation, Pathology, Molecular Biology, Imaging, and Treatment, San Diego: Elsevier Inc./Academic Press, 2019.

Richard, H. and Fuller, C. (2016). Oligodendroglial Tumors. In: A.M. Adesina et al (Eds) Atlas of Pediatric Brain Tumors (2nd edition, 43-53) Springer International Publishing.

Richard, H. and Fuller, C. (2016). Hemangioblastoma. In: A.M. Adesina et al (Eds) Atlas of Pediatric Brain Tumors (2nd edition, 143-151) Springer International Publishing.

Richard, H., Harrison, J., Fuller, C. (2015). Central Nervous System Tumors. In: Idowu, M.O., Dumur, C.I., and Garrett, C. (Eds) Molecular Oncology Testing for Solid Tumors: A Pragmatic Approach. (1st edition, 537-565) Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Richard, H., Harrison, J., Fuller, C. (2015). Choroid Plexus Tumours. In: Love, S., Perry, A., Ironside, J., Budka, H. (Eds) Greenfield’s Neuropathology (9th edition, 1709-1716). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

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