Steven C Smith, MD, PhD


Surgical Pathology
Associate Professor of Pathology
Assistant Director of Surgical Pathology
Office: (804) 828-4918
Fax: (804) 828-8733

Steven Christopher Smith, MD, PhD, is Associate Professor of Pathology and Assistant Director of Surgical Pathology.  He is a surgical pathologist with special interest in Genitourinary and Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology, jointly appointed with the Department of Surgery in the Division of Urology. 

Dr. Smith graduated from the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD Program) of the University of Virginia, in 2008, and after a postdoctoral fellowship, trained in Anatomic Pathology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He completed a subspecialty fellowship in Genitourinary Surgical Pathology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA, under the directorship of Dr. Mahul Amin and Dr. Daniel Luthringer, before joining VCU.

Dr. Smith’s research interests center on the molecular pathology of Genitourinary and Soft Tissue neoplasia, with particular interest in approaches complimentary to histomorphology and immunohistochemistry in studies of the molecular basis of these diseases.  His efforts have resulted in >60 peer reviewed publications in journals ranging from the American Journal of Surgical Pathology to Cancer Research and >20 textbook chapters.   Recently, he has authored two key papers proposing new classification systems for genitourinary tumors ranging from mucinous cystic neoplasms of the urachus to high grade carcinomas of the kidney in the spectrum of collecting duct carcinoma and medullary carcinoma.  Other efforts have studied the molecular lesions of a novel class of undifferentiated small round cell sarcomas exhibiting recurrent fusions of the genes CIC and DUX4/4L. Ongoing projects study these emerging types of renal neoplasia, particularly hereditary forms of renal cell carcinoma including Hereditary Leiomyomatosis-Renal Cell Carcinoma Syndrome. 

Dr. Smith reviews manuscripts for a number of journals. He is a member of the International Society of Urological Pathology (ISUP), serving on the ISUP Case Compendium Committee, the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathologists (USCAP), serving on the USCAP Foundation Committee, and the A. James French Society of Pathologists, on which he currently serves on the Board of Directors.  He is a diplomate of the American Board of Pathology.

Clinical Specialties: Genitourinary, Bone and Soft Tissue, and Gynecologic Pathology. 


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