2018 News

Governor's Visit to VCU

On December 13, 2018, Ralph Northam, Governor of Virginia, and Amanda Chase, State Senator, attended a tour of the Cancer Mouse Models Core with Jennifer Koblinski, PhD, Director of the Cancer Mouse Models Core and Assistant Professor of Pathology.  Dr. Koblinski described the work the Cancer Mouse Models Core is doing, including the development of patient derived xenografts, and its importance to impact preclinical/translational work.  Click here to learn more about Cancer Mouse Models Core.

Greg Miller, PhD, Professor of Pathology, was the recipient of the 2018 Adam Uldall Award

Greg Miller

Greg Miller, PhD, Professor of Pathology, was the recipient of the 2018 Adam Uldall Award.  Adam Uldall Award recognizes an individual who has made substantial & sustained contributions to advancing the practice of external quality assessment

The 2018 EQALM symposium and General Assembly was held in Zagreb, Croatia, in October 2018.  

"The Adam Uldall lecture will be given by Greg Miller (USA) with the following title: Future challenges in EQA, with special emphasis on harmonization and commutability. Greg Miller is a Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and his professional interests and research has focused on standardization and harmonization of laboratory results, quality control and external quality assessment/proficiency testing. His current professional activities include: Associate Editor of the journal Clinical Chemistry, Chair of the IFCC Working Group for Commutability, Chair of the Harmonization Oversight Group of the International Consortium for Harmonization of Clinical Laboratory Tests, Chair of the Laboratory Working Group of the National Kidney Disease Education Program, a member of the US delegation to ISO Technical Committee 212 for Clinical Laboratory Testing and In Vitro Diagnostic Test Systems, and several other work groups for clinical laboratory standards. He is a past-president of the AACC and the CLSI.

As a person who has spent much of his career pursuing better quality across Laboratory Medicine, the EQALM Excecutive Board find Professor Miller a worthy receiver of the Adam Uldall Award."

 - Excerpt From EQALM Symposium Agenda

This prestigious international award is in memory of the first president of the EQALM organization.  The purpose of the award is to recognize an individual who has made substantial and sustained contributions to advancing the practice of external quality assessment.  Congratulations Dr. Miller!


Paula D. Bos, PhD - 2018 Susan G. Komen Research Grant Recipient

Bos Small

Dr. Bos, Virginia Commonwealth University Assistant Professor of Pathology, was awarded a Career Catalyst award from the Susan G. Komen Foundation for her project on the role of regulatory T cells in supporting the growth of breast cancer cells that have spread to the brain. Her project was one of four chosen to receive personal donations through the Susan G Komen “Give to a project” campaign.  

Learn more about Dr. Bos and her research
Komen Press Release
Donate to Dr. Bos' Research 


2018 USCAP Annual Meeting's Poster Display and Fellowship Fair 

Vancouver, BC Canada
March 17-23, 2018

The 2018 United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) Annual Meeting, a perennial favorite among VCU Pathology Residents, Fellows, and Faculty, was well attended this year in Vancouver, British Columbia. A total of ten posters were presented by trainees. Dr. Smith was co-director of a USCAP Short Course on current trends in diagnostic Genitourinary Pathology. A great time was had by all, even after educational sessions ended, as shown by these candids from the USCAP Honors Award Ceremony Reception, with Dr. Austin Wiles pictured with USCAP Executive Vice President Dr. David Kaminsky. Dr. Powers, who is the incoming Chair of the USCAP Foundation Committee, and Dr. Smith were honored as members of the USCAP Foundation Committee, which was awarded Dr. Fletcher’s USCAP President Award this year.

The 2018 Department of Pathology Open House for Medical Students

Date: March 30th, 2018 from 12-2:30pm

Event Goal: To provide an opportunity to formally introduce the VCU Pathology Club Members and other interested VCU School Of Medicine Students to the Department of Pathology via a welcome from the Department’s leadership, a panel discussion with our PGY2s, resident led tours, and a wrap-up Q&A Session.

Coordinated and Hosted By: Dr. Sanford (UME Director), Dr. Adams-Lewis (GME Sr. Coordinator), Mrs. Wyche (UME Coordinator),  Mrs. Wilson (GME Coordinator), Ashley Hadjis (Path. Club Co-Chair) and Lindsay Sterling (Path. Club Co-Chair).

Special Guests: Drs. Clevenger (Department Chair), Wilkinson (Residency Program Director), Garcia (Resident - PGY2), Gayhart (Resident - PGY2), Memari (Resident - PGY2), and Mott (Resident - PGY2).

Department Tours: Chemistry (Led by Dr. Garcia – PGY2), Cytopathology & Surgical Pathology (Led by Dr. Memari – PGY2), and Blood Bank (Led by Dr. Singh – PGY3).

Dr. Forbes - Hardy Diagnostics ABMM/ABMLI Professional Recognition Award Recipient

Betty A. Forbes, PhD, Professor of Pathology and Director of Clinical Microbiology, is 2018 Hardy Diagnostics ABMM/ABMLI Professional Recognition Award Recipient.  This award recognizes a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM) or the American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology (ABMLI) for outstanding contributions to the professional recognition of certified microbiologists and/or immunologists and the work they do.  This award is one fot he most prestigious professional recognition awards that is given in the field of clinical microbiology!  Click here to read more about the Hardy Diagnostics ABMM/ABMLI Professional Recognition Award.


2017 News

Dr. Wilkinson - 2017 APC Distinguished Service Award Recipient


David S. Wilkinson, MD, PhD is a Former Chair of Department of Pathology, Professor of Pathology and Director of Pathology Training Program.  APC Council has selected Dr. Wilkinson as the recipient of the 2017 APC Distinguished Service Award.  The APC Distinguished Service Award (DSA) recognizes lifetime achievement in the field of academic pathology, encompassing the full spectrum of contributions at the local and national levels in undergraduate and graduate medical education, research, and clinical service.  Click here to learn more about the APC Distinguished Service Award.


Dr. Sanford on CBS 6


Kimberly W. Sanford, MD, Medical Director of Transfusion Medicine, is featured on CBS 6, Virginia This Morning.  She talks about shortages in blood donations during summertime and offers perks for donating blood.  Click here to view CBS 6 Virginia This Morning: "The American Red Cross needs your help" video



2017 Alumni Newsletter

  • Department News
    • Renovation of Sanger Hall Space 
    • NIPT Testing in cfDNA at VCU Health 
    • Capital Equipment 
    • In Memory of Dr. Margaret Grimes
    • In Memory of Dr. Alphonse Poklis
  • Faculty Spotlight
    • Welcome Mark Mochel, MD, Pathology’s new Dermatopathologist
    • Meet new faculty recruits, Sadia Sayeed, MD and Woon Chow, MD, PhD
  • Residents and Fellows 
    • Program Director’s Message
    • Pathologist in the Making
    • Alumni Survey

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney declared August 9 as Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day in Richmond.

On August 9, METAvivor stopped by VCU Massey Cancer Center as part of their Sea to Sea for Metastatic Breast Cancer Advocacy Campaign (S2S4MBC). METAvivor’s founder Dian “CJ” Corneliussen-James and several of the organization’s advocates met with Chuck Harrell, Ph.D., and Paula Bos, Ph.D., both assistant professors in the VCU Department of Pathology and research program members at Massey Cancer Center, to learn more about their METAvivor-funded research exploring new treatment approaches for metastatic breast cancer. The group then hosted an information session for other Massey research program members interested in learning more about METAvivor’s mission and research funding opportunities. 

In honor of METAvivor's visit and to help raise awareness for metastatic breast cancer, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney declared August 9 as Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day in Richmond. 

2017 USCAP Annual Meeting's Poster Display and Fellowship Fair 

San Antonio, Texas
March 4-10, 2017

2016 News


13th Annual VCU Health Resident/Fellow Research Day - June 2, 2016

Two VCU Department of Pathology residents and one fellow had poster presentations during this event



The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology Annual Meeting - March 2016

During the week of March 12-18, several Residents and Fellows attended the annual USCAP meeting held this year in Seattle, Washington.  Here they presented original research in either poster or proffered paper format, as well as attended various short courses and lectures to broaden their knowledge on a diversity of pathology topics.  Residents seeking information on fellowships had the opportunity to visit programs at the annual Fellowship Fair and network with pathology leaders during informal roundtable discussions over breakfast and lunch.