Dr. Steven Smith (left), Dr. Woon Chow (right) and Dr. Michael Idowu (not pictured) are on this year's Top Docs list.

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Richmond Magazine: Top Docs list

Smith_StevenSteven Christopher Smith, MD, PhD, is Associate Professor of Pathology and Director of GU 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, he trained in Anatomic Pathology at the University of Michigan. He completed a subspecialty fellowship in Genitourinary Surgical Pathology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles under the directorship of Dr. Mahul Amin, 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 80 peer reviewed publications and 20 textbook chapters. Ongoing projects study these emerging types of renal neoplasia, particularly hereditary forms of renal cell carcinoma and markers for diagnosis of soft tissue tumors.



Dr. Woon Chow

Woon Chow, MD, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Pathology and Ophthalmology at VCU. He is also Associate Director of Pathology Information Systems.

Dr. Chow is a Manchester high school graduate and Richmond native.  He pursued his undergraduate, graduate, medical, and graduate medical education at VCU and VCU Health System.

He obtained his dual undergraduate degrees in biomedical engineering and physics in 2003 and completed the combined MD/PhD Program, earning his medical and graduate degrees in 2011. After completing his residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology in 2015, he pursued subspecialty training in neuropathology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

In 2017, Dr. Chow returned and joined the faculty at VCU. In addition to his clinical and teaching responsibilities, he is actively pursuing expertise in clinical and visual informatics to support clinical and basic research endeavors.

Consultative services are available for brain, pituitary, muscle, nerve and eye biopsies, as well as for autopsy material.



Michael Idowu, MD, MPH, FCAP is a Professor of Pathology at VCU. He is the Program Director for Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship Program. He is the Director of Breast Pathology service and also serves as the Director of Tissue and Data Acquisition and Analysis Core (TDAAC).

Dr. Idowu received his MPH in public health at the University of South Carolina and his Medical Degree from the University of Ibadan. He trained in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Cytopathology, and Molecular Genetic Pathology at the MCV/VCU. Dr. Idowu also trained in oncologic pathology at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He is involved in several intradepartmental and interdepartmental collaboration in translational research projects. He has authored several peer-reviewed publications and abstracts and has presented courses nationally. He has authored or co-authored several book chapters on quality practices, breast pathology and molecular pathology. He has edited two books: Molecular Pathology Testing for Solid Tumors published in the fall 2015, and Diagnosis and Management of Breast Tumors published in the fall of 2017.



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