VCUHS Clinical Chemistry Services


Hours of Operation: 24 hours/day - 7 days/week
Call Client Services 804-828-PATH (828-7284); 1-800-363-9234 

The VCUHS Clinical Chemistry Laboratory provides STAT and routine laboratory test analysis. The Chemistry Laboratory offers rapid turn-around-time with a highly automated laboratory that performs most tests continuously around the clock. Many of these tests can be performed on fluids other than serum or plasma. For more information, please visit our Pathology Laboratory Services Catalog.

Highlights of our comprehensive menu of testing services include:

  1. Ethylene Glycol – Measurement of serum ethylene glycol concentration determined by gas chromatography.
  2. Alcohols - Identification and quantification of methanol, acetone, ethanol, and isopropanol by headspace gas chromatography.
  3. Drug of abuse screening - Drugs of abuse screening for amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cocaine, opiates, and PCP in urine; Barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cocaine, and opiates in serum. Confirmation by GC/MS available upon request.
  4. Therapeutic drug monitoring available for a Therapeutic Drugs List (pdf).
  5. Hemoglobin Fractionation and Quantification - Quantification of major variant hemoglobins (Hgb S, Hgb C, Hgb F, Hgb A, Hgb A2) and identification of rare variants by high performance liquid chromatography.
  6. Lipid Testing – Quantification of lipids with accuracy verified by participation in the CDC Lipid Standardization Program.  
  7. Intraoperative Parathyroid Hormone (iPTH) Testing – Streamlined processing for STAT quantification of PTH during surgery.
  8. IgA for pediatric testing – Measurement of IgA concentrations with a lower limit of quantification appropriate for pediatric patients.
  9. Sweat Chloride – Quantification of sweat chloride by coulometric titration, a chloride reference method recommended by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.


Consultative Services  

In order to ensure proper ordering or interpretation of our testing, we are always happy to make Laboratory Director Consultation readily available.

Lorin M Bachmann, PhD, DABCC
Lorin M. Bachmann, PhD, DABCC

Clinical Chemistry
Associate Professor of Pathology
Co-Director of Clinical Chemistry
Co-Director of Point of Care Testing
Office: (804) 828-6407

W. Greg  Miller, PhD
W. Greg Miller, PhD

Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Information Systems
Professor of Pathology
Director of Pathology Information Systems
Co-Director of Clinical Chemistry
Office: (804) 828-0375
Fax: (804) 828-0353

Contact Us

Carol McClure, MHA BS MT (ASCP)
Clinical Chemistry, Toxicology & Hematology
(804) 828-0347


The Clinical Pathology Receiving area is located:
MCV Campus 
Clinical Support Center 
403 N. 13th Street
6th floor - Room 642
Richmond, VA 23235