Renal Pathology

Overview
The Division of Renal Pathology evaluates native kidney biopsies for various medical diseases and transplant kidney biopsies for allograft related pathology. Native kidney biopsies are evaluated routinely by light microscopy, immunofluorescence microscopy and electron microscopy.  Transplant kidney biopsies are typically evaluated by light microscopy only along with immunohistochemical stains for C4d and BK virus except when the patient presents with proteinuria and/or hematuria when immunofluorescence microscopy and electron microscopy are also performed.


Faculty
Virgilius Cornea, MD
Fritz Lower, MD


Staff
Monika Ellis, laboratory technologist
Jamie Howard, immunohistochemistry technician
Rebecca Townes, histology technician


Services
The Renal Pathology Laboratory offers immediate tissue adequacy evaluation of renal biopsies performed at the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital and UK Good Samaritan Hospital. All biopsies are reviewed by two experienced faculty members with fellowship training in renal pathology. Preliminary results of the biopsy are discussed with the referring nephrologist to facilitate clinical-pathological correlation and followed up with a final written report when all studies are completed. The service is actively involved in collaborative research with the Nephrology Division and the Renal Transplant Service.


Facilities
The renal pathology laboratory is located in the main UK Histology Laboratory on the 4th floor of hospital.


Education
The renal pathology faculty participates in the second year medical school renal course each year by providing lectures covering glomerular, tubulointerstitial and vascular disorders of the kidney.
Renal pathology didactic training is provided to Pathology Residents and Nephrology Fellows via didactic lectures, unknown slide conferences and weekly renal clinical-pathologic correlation conferences in conjunction with the Nephrology Division.

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