Hematology Laboratory Services



Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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


About Our Clinical Laboratory

The Hematology Laboratory offers expert interpretations of peripheral blood, bone marrow specimens, and lymph node biopsies.

We offer a wide range of tests, using advanced and progressive technology, as well as consultative services in the diagnosis of hematology diseases and disorders.

For detailed information on the tests, specimen collection requirements and handling, a test schedule and turn around time, please refer to our Pathology Lab Services Catalog

For additional information on our new blood cell counting instrumentation, please refer to the New Blood Cell Counting Technology in the VCUHS Hematology Laboratory (pdf)

For a list of reference ranges please refer to our Ranges Table (pdf)


Turnaround Time

The turnaround time for each test can be found in the individual test description. For further details or to request ASAP testing in a emergency situation, please contact the Hematology Laboratory. 


Specimen Handling

Hematology tests are extremely sensitive to methods of collection and preservation. It is important that the sample collection and processing instructions be followed so accurate test results can be obtained. 

Unacceptable Specimen Samples
Samples which are incorrectly collected, labeled, processed, or transported will not produce accurate results. When a sample is not acceptable, you will be notified by telephone. If you have any question prior to collection or transportation of a sample, please contact Client Services 804-828-PATH (828-7284); 1-800-363-9234 for more information. 

The Clinical Pathology Receiving area is located on the 6th floor of the Clinical Support Center (CSC) building at 403 N 13th Street in Richmond, VA; phone (804) 828-6767.


Test Results 

Test results will be phoned and faxed by the Hematology staff to the ordering institution upon completion of testing. Pathology Client Services will auto fax the test results to the ordering institution. These results should be received the next business day after test completion. If you would like results mailed to an additional person, please include this information on the test requisition form. 


Lab Leadership and Contact Information

Alden  Chesney, MD
Alden Chesney, MD

Associate Professor of Pathology
Director of Hematology
Office: (804) 628-1319
Fax: (804) 828-2812

Roger S Riley, MD, PhD, FCAP
Roger S. Riley, MD, PhD, FCAP

Hematology, Coagulation Fluids and Renal Pathology
Professor of Pathology
Director of the Coagulation Laboratory
Co-Director of Hematology
Office: (804) 628-5780
Fax: (804) 628-2505