General Information

Pathology & Lab Medicine

Programs Offered

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine of the Medical University of South Carolina offers a fully accredited training program in anatomic and clinical pathology (AP/CP). The AP/CP program consists of a 40 month core curriculum with 8 months of elective. Anatomic Pathology core rotations include autopsy pathology/forensic pathology, surgical pathology, cytopathology, dermatopathology and VA pathology. Clinical Pathology core rotations include hematopathology, immunopathology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, tranfusion medicine, apheresis, histocompatibility laboratory, molecular pathology, cytogenetics, VA pathology, laboratory management and informatics. Eight months elective time is available for more in-depth studies in areas of special interest and/or research. A graduate (PhD) program in experimental pathology is available and may be coordinated with the residency training program. Fellowships are offered at the discretion of the Chair in forensic pathology, dermatopathology, cytopathology, surgical pathology, gastrointestinal pathology, hematopathology and clinical chemistry.  

Types and Number of Appointments 

The institution is accredited for twenty-two residency positions in anatomic pathology and clinical pathology, with an even distribution of residents at all levels. Persons seeking the PhD degree in experimental pathology must meet the requirements of the College of Graduate Studies, Medical University of South Carolina. The department participates in the electronic residency application service (ERAS). The deadline for residency application is by November 1st the year prior to entrance.  

Facilities 

The MUSC Teaching Hospital System and the Charleston VA provide the pathology training program with an abundance of clinical material. Approximate yearly figures for (2016) are: 54,230 anatomic pathology cases consisting of 20,592 general surgical pathology cases (45,096 specimens), 1763 general surgical pathology consult cases, 550 neuropathology cases (853 specimens), 59 neuropathology consult cases, 11,417   dermatopathologycases (15,199 specimens), 502 dermatopathology consult cases; 19,347 cytology specimens (10,546 pap smears, 24 pap consult cases, 6,363 Non-GYN cases, 253 Non-Gyn consult cases, 2,162 fine needle aspirations, 814 GYN consults; 899 bone marrow cases (1835 specimens), 358 bone marrow consult cases; 132 medical autopsies, 964 forensic autopsies; 260 diagnostic electron microscopic procedures; and 98 immunofluorescent cases (kidney, heart and skin). The Division of Laboratory Medicine performs approximately 3,011,116 laboratory medicine tests (including transfusion medicine- 163,721; HLA- 35,468; urinalysis- 58,467; chemistry- 1,579,181; hematology-469,020; coagulation-160,218; immunology- 117,207; cytogenetics (with karyotypes)- 709;  microbiology-  169,740; urinalysis- 58,467; flow cytometry- 6279; and molecular (including FISH)- 50,939. In addition, the residents rotate through the active apheresis unit which is located in the Department of Nephrology where 4458 procedures were performed in 2016, including therapeutic plasma exchange, red blood cell exchange, hematopoietic progenitor cell collection from autologous and allogeneic donors, cell depletion, and therapeutic phlebotomy. The Divisions of Anatomic Pathology and Laboratory Medicine are housed primarily on the second and third floors of the Children's Hospital, with additional space located in Hollings Cancer Center, Rutledge Tower (outpatient facility), Ashley River Tower (GI and Cardiovascular) facility, and the Medical University Hospital. In excess of 55,000 square feet are dedicated to the two divisions.  

Community 

Besides the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Nursing, Health Related Professions, and Graduate Studies of the Medical University of South Carolina, educational institutions in Charleston include the College of Charleston, Charleston Southern University, The Citadel Military College, Trident Technical College and several business colleges. This progressive historic seaport city offers its own symphony orchestra and ballet companies, choral and theater groups and outstanding recreational areas to 669,157 persons in the metropolitan area. Historic homes, plantations, gardens, access to the intracoastal waterway, beaches and year-round fresh and salt-water fishing, sailing, surfing, golfing, etc, which draws thousands of tourists yearly, are within minutes of the medical center.  

Stipends and Maintenance 

Annual stipends are from $51,086.00 upward. Interns and residents are provided individual office space, computer, microscope, equipment and parking. Malpractice insurance is provided.  

Staff 

Nicholas Batalis MD Director Residency Training Program, forensic pathology and medical autopsy; Evelyn T Bruner MD Surgical pathology, placental pathology, renal pathology; Steven L Carroll MD, PhD Professor and Chair; Pathogenesis of Neurofibromatosis Type 1-Associated Nervous System Neoplasms, Neurotransmitter Receptors and Cell Signaling, CNS Cancer Biology and Treatment; Olga ChajewskiMD Cytopathology and Transfusion Medicine; Angie Duong MD Hematopathology; Stephen Ethier PhD Co-leader in cancer genetics and molecular regulation program; breast cancer biology and cancer genomics; Victoria J Findlay PhD role of microRNAs during cancer progression; Debra Hazen-Martin PhD electron microscopy and freeze fracture; Hainan Lang MD, PhD auditory physiology, cell biology of hearing and deafness; Amanda C LaRue PhD tissue reconstitution potential of hematopoietic stems cells; John Lazarchick MD Director, Hematopathology, Hematopathology fellowship program; David N. Lewin MD Associate Director Residency Training Program; surgical pathology, gastrointestinal pathology, hepatopathology; Kathryn Grace Lindsey MD Cytopathology; Hematopathology; Christine M. Litwin MD Professor; Director of Clinical Immunology and Referral Testing; Becky Madory MD surgical pathology, cytopathology, VA lab services; James E. Madory Director, Pathology informatics; John Maize MD Dermatopathology; John S. Metcalf MD Vice Chair, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; surgical pathology and dermatopathology; Frederick S Nolte PhD Director, Clinical Laboratories; medical microbiology, molecular diagnostics, point-of-care testing, laboratory management; S. Erin Presnell MD Director, forensic pathology; medical autopsy; Jonathan Ralston MD Surgical Pathology, Dermatopathology; Mary S. Richardson MD DDS, Director, Surgical Pathology and Surgical Pathology Fellowship; gynecologic and ENT pathology; Cynthia Schandl MD, PhD Forensic Pathology; Molecular Cytogenetics; Bradley A. Schulte PhD Director, Research; experimental pathology; Sally E. Self MD Director, Diagnostic Immunology; immunopathology, renal pathology; Avtar K. Singh MD hematopathology, VA lab services; M. Timothy Smith MD Director, Anatomic Pathology; surgical pathology, neuropathology, genitourinary pathology, soft tissue pathology; Bartholomeus SmitsResearch; Laura S Spruill MD, PhD Surgical pathology, Breast pathology; Demetri D. Spryropoulous PhD hox and ets transcription factors in development and cancer; Jerry E Squires MD, PhD Director of Transfusion Services; Lisa L. Steed PhD Director, Diagnostic Microbiology; Shaoli Sun MD Gastrointestinal Pathology; Lee M Tormos MD Autopsy and forensic pathology; David P Turner PhD aberrant expression of cancer associated genes in transcriptional regulatory networks; Dennis Watson PhD molecular biology of gene regulation, molecular genetics of cancer; Cynthia T. WelshMD Director, Neuropathology; surgical pathology, neuropathology, pediatric pathology, cytopathology; Daynna J. Wolff PhD Director, Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics; Je-Seong Won PhD neuroinflammation, neurodegenerative disease; Jack Yang MD Director, Cytopathology, fine needle aspirates, surgical pathology. Address inquiries to:Nicholas Batalis, Residency Training Director Medical University of South Carolina Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine 171 Ashley Avenue, MSC 908Charleston, SC 29425Phone: (843) 792-1086 Fax: (843) 792-8974 Email: batalini@musc.edu