Non-Gynecologic Cytopathology Center of Excellence
- N. Paul Ohori, MD - Medical Director of Cytopathology
- Sheldon Bastacky, MD
- Reetesh K. Pai, MD
- Robert Peel, MD
- Frank Schneider, MD
- Karen Schoedel, MD
Department of Pathology
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
- Walid E. Khalbuss, MD - Medical Director of Cytopathology
- Sara E. Monaco, MD
- Liron Pantanowitz, MD
- Alka Palekar, MD
Department of Pathology
5150 Centre Avenue
POB2, Suite 201
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Mission StatementThe Department of Pathology of the University of Pittsburgh has long promoted excellence in diagnostic services, teaching, and research. The mission of the Cytopathology Center of Excellence is to promote these aspects and in particular fulfill the role as diagnostic consultants, educators, and investigators in bringing the practice to the forefront of cytopathology.
Cytopathology at the University of Pittsburgh encompasses three institutions of the UPMC Health System - UPMC Presbyterian, UPMC Shadyside, and UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital. The focus at UPMC Presbyterian and Shadyside is on non-gynecologic cytopathology and outcomes analysis for quality improvement. Ancillary techniques such as molecular analysis are tested for their applicability to practice. UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital is the center for gynecologic medical care and the cytopathology section is devoted to the improvement of cytologic diagnosis for cervical vaginal pap smears and other related gynecologic specimens.
Clinical WorkThe UPMC Presbyterian Cytopathology Center of Excellence (COE) is focused primarily on head and neck, thoracic, and gastrointestinal cytopathology. In particular, we have high volumes of thyroid, head and neck, and lung FNAs – many of which are radiologically guided. In addition, recent advances in endoscopy have resulted in endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) procedures. Both of these procedures are utilized by surgeons, pulmonologists, and gastroenterologists in establishing tissue diagnosis, staging, prognostication, and predicting response to therapy. Our cytopathologists also perform FNA procedures on superficial palpable lesions in multiple settings (e.g. Otolaryngology Clinic and patient rooms). Immediate on-site cytology evaluations for radiologically guided, EUS, EBUS, and cytopathologist performed FNA procedures are done when requested by the clinical groups. The on-site information is useful in triaging specimens so that appropriate ancillary studies are performed to answer clinically relevant questions.
ResearchResearch in Non-gynecologic Cytopathology at UPMC Presbyterian Cytopathology COE involves the following areas which emphasize surgical pathology correlation and application of ancillary technologies:
- thyroid and head and neck cytopathology
- pancreaticobiliary cytopathology
- thoracic cytopathology
- quality improvement in cytopathology laboratory performance.