The Cytopathology laboratory is one of the largest and most active anatomic pathology laboratories at the University of Kentucky, with over 15,000 specimens accessioned annually. Our staff of seven subspecialty board-certified cytopathologists works together with dedicated cytotechnologists and support personnel to provide the highest quality care for patients in Kentucky and beyond.
Dana Richards, MD
Director of Cytopathology
Kimberly Absher, MD
Derek Allison, MD
Therese Bocklage, MD
Julie Dueber, MD
Dava Piecoro, MD
Protima Rayapati, MD
Sherry Strickland, CT(ASCP)
Quenna Collins, CT (ASCP)
Tracy Howard, CT (ASCP)
Laura Turas, CT (ASCP)
Our specimen volume is comprised of gynecologic (~8,000/year, >13% abnormal), non-gynecologic (~4,000/year), fine needle aspiration/core biopsy specimens (~2,000/year), and outside consult cases (~400/year). Our specimens provide a wide variety of rare and diagnostically challenging cases, including many pulmonary, pancreatic, head and neck, and soft tissue/bone cases, among others.
The Division works closely with colleagues in Radiology, Endoscopy and others to provide immediate evaluation for over 1,500 image-guided biopsies per year, improving diagnostic yield and access to molecular therapy for our patients. The staff of six cytopathologists, four full-time cytotechnologists, fellows and residents work together to provide this service across an ever-growing campus. With the help of a telecytology system introduced in 2016, we have been able to improve speed and access to this vital service.
In addition to our immediate evaluation services, we perform over 150 superficial fine needle aspirations per year. Ultrasound-guided aspiration was added to our service in 2019, which helps to improve targeting accuracy, diagnostic yield, and patient safety.
The University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center is a 945 bed tertiary care center, which includes the NCI-accredited Markey Cancer Center, the Kentucky Children's Hospital, the Gill Heart Institute, the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute and the Center for Advanced Surgery. The hospital has been named #1 in the region for five consecutive years in US News and World Report rankings.
Our fellowship program offers extensive training and experience in all aspects of gynecologic, non-gynecologic, and fine-needle aspiration biopsy cytology. Graduated responsibility is supported via the use of a telecytology system and other methods. Experience in performing superficial FNA biopsies with ultrasound guidance is provided. Correlation with surgical pathology is inherent in our practice, as our laboratory interprets core biopsies with their associated touch preparations. Training in immunocytochemistry, molecular cytology and other ancillary techniques is included. We offer two ACGME-accredited fellowship positions annually.
2021-2022 – Fellowship is filled
2022-2023 – One position available
2023-2024 – One position available
Cytopathology Fellowship video: https://vimeo.com/472708633/cbacc5d5c8
We are participating in the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC) unified recruitment timeline for cytopathology fellowships. Applications will start being reviewed on July 15th of each year, but applications may continue to be submitted until an offer is accepted. Interview requests will be sent starting on August 15th. Fellowship offers will begin to be extended on October 1st.
In order to apply for a cytopathology fellowship at the University of Kentucky, please send the following documents to Donielle Day:
CAP Standardized Application for Pathology Fellowships
3 Letters of Recommendation
USMLE scores and ECFMG certificate
We are participating in the American Society of Cytopathology (ASC) unified recruitment timeline for cytopathology fellowships. Applications will start being reviewed on July 15th of each year, but applications may continue to be submitted until an offer is accepted. Interview requests will be sent starting on August 15th. Fellowship offers will begin to be extended on October 1st. We require the Common Application for Fellowship () personal statement, CV, three letters of recommendation, and copies of STEP score reports for consideration.
Dr. Richards performing an ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration of a neck lesion.
Our hard-working and friendly lab!