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Welcome to the Department of Pathology at Virginia Commonwealth University.
The Department of Pathology is a diverse clinical, research, and teaching department of the School of Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, located in Richmond, Virginia. We offer a full range of pathology services to physicians, researchers, and patients at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, a 780-bed tertiary-care urban teaching hospital dedicated to serving the patients and physicians of central Virginia.
We have 30 full time Pathology faculty based at the MCV Campus and six additional faculty based at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans' Affairs Hospital. We train 17 Residents and seven Fellows in the pathology training programs. Our training and education programs are comprehensive and integrated, offering excellent state-of-the art career preparation.
Within the department, there are 14 clinical laboratories including Histopathology, Neuropathology, Cytopathology, Autopsy Pathology, Molecular Diagnostics, Cytogenetics, Hematology, Coagulation, Microbiology, Immunology, Clinical Chemistry, Toxicology, and Transfusion Medicine. Our clinical laboratories are staffed by 266 full-time equivalent hospital employees.
Our labs will perform more than two million billable tests this year. We are certified by the Federal Government under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA), and are fully accredited by the College of American Pathologists and the American Association of Blood Banks. The quality of our work is continuously monitored by extensive internal quality control and participation in proficiency testing which is administered by multiple external agencies. Critical emergency services are available around the clock. Attending pathologists, resident physicians, and fellows are "on call" at all times for consultation.
Our scientists are supported by numerous research grants, primarily from NIH, with extramural funding in excess of $1.8 million in 2011. We have funded research programs in molecular diagnostics, liver disease, hepatobiliary cancer, infectious disease, prostate cancer, breast cancer, aging and conservation medicine. There is also a wide variety of clinical and applied research in all areas of pathology and laboratory medicine. The department offers formal courses in pathology to medical students, dental students and graduate students.
You are invited to visit our website and learn more about our programs, our people, and our potential. Virginia Commonwealth University is positioned to lead the way in medical technology. We welcome you to be a part of the exciting times that lie ahead in Richmond.
David S. Wilkinson, M.D., Ph.D. Professor and Chairman