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

Surgical 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
Celeste.Powers@vcuhealth.org
Melissa J. Contos, MD,

Melissa J. Contos, MD

Director of Surgical Pathology

Professor of Pathology
Office: (804) 828-9013; Fax: (804) 828-5055
Melissa.Contos@vcuhealth.org

Hope Richard, MD, PhD

Hope Richard, MD, PhD

Director of Neuropathology
Office: (804) 628-1690; Fax: (804) 827-4434
Hope.Richard@vcuhealth.org

Jorge Almenara, PhD
Jorge Almenara, PhD
Manager, Anatomic Pathology
Department of Pathology
Virginia Commonwealth University
PO Box 980662
Richmond, VA 23298-0662
804-628-2949
Jorge.Almenara@vcuhealth.org
L. Gwenn Langston, BS, HT(ASCP) Narjes Mousavi
Supervisor, Cytopathology Laboratory
Department of Pathology
Virginia Commonwealth University
PO Box 980125
804-628-1288
Narjes.MousaviNasab@vcuhealth.org
L. Gwenn Langston, BS, HT(ASCP) L. Gwenn Boykin, BS, HT(ASCP)
Supervisor, Histology Laboratory
Department of Pathology
Virginia Commonwealth University
PO Box 980662
Richmond, VA 23298-0662
804-828-4874
Lois.Boykin-Hall@vcuhealth.org