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Anatomic Pathology Services

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

Anatomic Pathology incorporates the following laboratory services:

Autopsy
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
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.

Neuropathology 
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

Kidney H+E stainsSurgical 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 in Anatomic Pathology:

Celeste N. Powers, MD
Celeste N. Powers, MD, PhD
Chair of The Division of Anatomic Pathology
Director of Anatomic Pathology Services and Cytopathology
Department of Pathology
Virginia Commonwealth University
PO Box 980662
Richmond, VA 23298-0662
Office: (804) 828-9739
cpowers@mcvh-vcu.edu
H. Davis Massey, DDS, MD, PhD
Director of Surgical Pathology    
Department of Pathology
Virginia Commonwealth University
PO Box 980662 
Office: (804) 828-9739
Fax: (804) 828-9749

hmassey@mcvh-vcu.edu
Christine E. Fuller, MD
Director of Neuropathology
Director of Pathology Residency Training Program and Neuropathology Fellowship
Department of Pathology
Virginia Commonwealth University

PO Box 980662 
Office: (804) 628-3011

cfuller@mcvh-vcu.edu
Knarik Arkun, MD
Director of Autopsy Pathology 
Department of Pathology
Virginia Commonwealth University

PO Box 980662 

Office: (804) 828-9737
karkun@mcvh-vcu.edu

Dr. Jorge Almenara
Jorge Almenara, PhD
Manager, Anatomic Pathology
Department of Pathology
Virginia Commonwealth University
PO Box 980662
Richmond, VA 23298-0662
804-628-2949
jalmenara@mcvh-vcu.edu
Narjes Mousavi
Narjes Mousavi
Supervisor, Cytopathology Laboratory
Department of Pathology
Virginia Commonwealth University
PO Box 980125
804-628-1288
nmousavi@mcvh-vcu.edu
L. Gwenn Langston, BS, HT(ASCP)
L. Gwenn Langston, BS, HT(ASCP)
Supervisor, Histology Laboratory
Department of Pathology
Virginia Commonwealth University
PO Box 980662
Richmond, VA 23298-0662
804-828-4874
llangston@mcvh-vcu.edu
Kathryn Ewaskiewich
Kathryn Ewaskiewich
Pathologists' Assistant
Virginia Commonwealth University
PO Box 980662
804-828-0558
kewaskiewich@mcvh-vcu.edu
Jessica Perry
Jessica Perry, PA(ASCP)
Pathologists' Assistant
Virginia Commonwealth University
PO Box 980662
804-828-2091
jperry@mcvh-vcu.edu