Pathology at the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS)


Clinical Services

  • Full range of Anatomic Pathology (Surgical Pathology, Cytopathology and Autopsy Pathology), with a full range of immunohistochemistry and special stains
  • Fine Needle Aspiration Services
  • Bone Marrow Pathology and Lymph Node Pathology
  • Molecular Pathology of malignancy
  • Full range of Clinical Laboratory Diagnostics, including Clinical Chemistry, Hematology, Coagulation, Flow cytometry, Immunology, Microbiology, Blood Banking, Molecular Virology and Microbiology, In situ hybridization
  • Point of care testing

Research Activities

The research activities and interests of the VAPHS faculty within the division of Pathology at the VAPHS are diversified and can be summarized as follows:
  • Epigenetic mechanisms of chemokine expression in human prostate cancer and their role in anti-cancer immunity, chemomodulation of the tumor microenvironment, pathogenic effects of nanomaterials (Dr. Gutkin).
  • Acetylation and deacetylation of intracellular proteins and its role in cell differentiation, apoptosis, response to DNA damage, atherosclerosis, carcinogenesis and aging (Dr. Frye).
  • Understanding the role of anoactamin family members in the pathogenesis of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (Dr. Kulich).
  • Identification of novel targets to treat head and neck cancer by attempting to understand how TMEM16A/ANO1, one of the most commonly altered genes in head and neck squamous carcinomas, interacts with the epidermal growth factor pathway (Dr. Kulich).


The faculty at the VAPHS Pathology division are integral part in SOM teaching as well as residentsí and fellows teaching. These include heavy involvement in the Pathophysiology course, Renal Pathology, Pulmonary Pathology and neuropathology.

Members of the VAPHS Pathology division are active teachers of the medical staff, including reviewing cases at the weekly tumor Board as well the Chief Medical Conferences where unusual cases with unexpected findings are discussed.


The VAPHS is a well-recognized site for excellent residents training. The department of Pathology at VAPHS offers core training rotations in surgical pathology, immunopathology, microbiology, and laboratory management.