Division of Anatomic & Surgical Pathology


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


Anatomic Pathology Services

Anatomic Pathology incorporates the following laboratory services: 

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 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.

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


Celeste N. Powers, MD, PhD

Chair of the Division of Anatomic Pathology
Surgical Pathology and Cytopathology

Professor of Pathology
Director of Anatomic Pathology Services
Saul Kay Chair in Diagnostic Pathology 
Office: (804) 828-9739 
Fax: (804) 828-9749

Woon  Chow, MD, PhD
Woon Chow, MD, PhD

Neuropathology and Laboratory Information Systems
Assistant Professor of Pathology and Ophthalmology
Associate Director of Pathology Information Systems
Office: (804) 828-7950
Fax: (804) 828-8733

Melissa J Contos, MD
Melissa J. Contos, MD

Surgical Pathology
Professor of Pathology
Director of Surgical Pathology
Office: (804) 828-9013
Fax: (804) 828-5055

Enrique  Gerszten, MD
Enrique Gerszten, MD

Autopsy Pathology and Paleopathology
Emeritus Professor of Pathology
Director of Paleopathology Research Laboratory
Office: (804) 828-9746
Fax: (804) 828-9749

Adele O Kraft, MD
Adele O. Kraft, MD

Anatomic Pathology
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Director of Cytopathology
Office: (804) 628-5383

H. Davis  Massey, DDS, MD, PhD
H. Davis Massey, DDS, MD, PhD

Autopsy Pathology and Surgical Pathology
Associate Professor of Pathology
Director of Surgical Pathology
Office: (804) 828-9739
Fax: (804) 828-9749

Raghavendra   Pillappa, MD
Raghavendra Pillappa, MD

Anatomic Pathology
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Office: (804) 628-1293

Hope  Richard, MD, PhD
Hope Richard, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pathology
Director of Neuropathology
Office: (804) 628-1690
Fax: (804) 827-4434

Valentina  Robila, MD, PhD
Valentina Robila, MD, PhD

Cytopathology and Anatomic Pathology
Assistant Professor
Office: (804) 628-2999

Sadia  Sayeed, MD
Sadia Sayeed, MD

Surgical Pathology and Cytopathology
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Office: (804) 628-1270

Austin Blackburn  Wiles, MD
Austin Blackburn Wiles, MD

Autopsy and Cytopathology
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Director of Autopsy
Office: (804) 628-4852
Fax: (804) 828-8733

Terra Lewis

Terra Lewis, HT(ASCP)

Supervisor of Histology Laboratory
Office: (804) 828-4874

Narjes Mousavi

Narjes Mousavi, BS, CT(ASCP) 

Supervisor of Cytopathology Laboratory
Office: (804) 628-1288