Anatomic Pathology


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  • Cytopathology

    The Cytology Pathology division, Department of Pathology, is a full-service laboratory addressing the needs of University of Mississippi Medical Center's hospitals and clinics as well as several private clients. Annually, the laboratory receives, processes and signs out approximately 58,780 gynecologic specimens (liquid based), 1,534 nongynecologic specimens (body fluids, brushes and washes) and 943 fine needle aspiration (FNA) specimens.

    Notable among our private accounts is the Mississippi State Department of Health. Gynecologic volume from the MSDH account totals 49,304 specimens annually. Our cytology lab is one of the few locations in the country to have such a large public health account centralized into one immense database. This affords the client great control of their patient base, as well as resulting in excellent research potential for our pathologists and cytotechnologist.

    The cytology laboratory is staffed by four full-time pathologists with ABP certification in added qualification and in cytopathology. The lab employs seven full-time cytotechnologists, two cytopreparatory personnel, and has two secretarial positions. Normal hours of operation are 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    We offer a one-year ACGME approved fellowship program focusing on diagnostic cytopathology and clinical research.

    For more information

    • Mithra Baliga, MBBS, Director of Cytopathology
              Phone: (601) 984-1897
              Fax: (601) 984-4967
    • Rhonda Alexander, SCT (ASCP), Manager of Clinical Pathology Services
              Phone: (601) 984-1550