Hematopathology

Overview

The Department of Pathology in collaboration with TriCore Reference Laboratories offers comprehensive, state-of-the-art diagnostic hematopathology clinical services that encompass all types of clinical specimens including blood, bone marrow, lymph node, diverse extranodal sites, and body fluids. Comprehensive multi-parameter flow cytometry is available as well as comprehensive immunohistochemical evaluation, cytogenetic/FISH, and molecular genetic assessment. The hematopathology consultation service focuses on timely and cost-effective case evaluation. This diagnostic service offers case based, targeted flow cytometry, cytogenetics and molecular work up tailored to specific disease types, promoting our goal of cost-effective quality consultation services.

Highlights

  • Diagnostic modalities and technologies:

    • Multi-parameter flow cytometric immunophenotyping, conventional cytogenetics, comprehensive FISH testing, molecular genetic analyses for fusion genes, diverse gene mutations, IGH variable region, somatic hypermutation assessment, as well as B- and T-cell clonality studies

    • Technical flow cytometric immunophenotyping and technical FISH is available

  • Rapid turnaround time goals include:

    • Same-day flow cytometric immunophenotyping, one-day turnaround time for high priority FISH, and less than five-day turnaround time for comprehensive conventional cytogenetics for acute leukemias

  • An integrative approach is utilized for all of our diagnostic services that encompasses integration of morphology, immunohistochemistry, flow cytometric immunophenotyping, in conjunction with cytogenetic and molecular genetic results

  • The UNM/TriCore Reference Lab Hematopathology service is fully accredited for four hematopathology fellows and the UNM/TriCore Reference Lab Molecular Genetic Pathology service is fully accredited for two molecular genetic pathology fellows

  • The hematopathology clinical service supports both adult and pediatric oncology patients including the development of new testing services necessary for comprehensive patient care

Contact information:

Hematopathology Consult Service: 505-938-8122

M. Kathryn Foucar, M.D.
Professor
Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs
Medical Director of GCL
Director of Lab Medicine
505-938-8454
kfoucar@salud.unm.edu

Tracy I. George, M.D.
Professor
Hematopathology Division Chief
Hematopathology Fellowship Program Director
505-938-8243
TracyGeorge@salud.unm.edu

Devon Chabot-Richards, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Associate Director of HLA Lab
505-938-8908
DChabot-Richards@salud.unm.edu

David Czuchlewski, M.D.
Associate Professor
Associate Director of Molecular Diagnostic Lab
Hematopathology Fellowship Program Associate Director
505-938-8467
DCzuchlewski@salud.unm.edu

Carla Wilson, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor
Director, Flow Cytometry Lab
505-938-8465
CSWilson@salud.unm.edu

Mohammad Vasef, M.D.
Professor
Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship Program Director
Director, Molecular Diagnostic Lab
505-938-8468
MVasef@salud.unm.edu

Qian-Yun Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor
Medical Director, UHRRL Hematology Lab
505-938-8399
QZhang@salud.unm.edu

Notable Service and Leadership:

Recent book publications by hematopathology division members include:

  • Atlas of Nontumor Pathology: Non-Neoplastic Disorders in Bone Marrow [Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) 2008]

  • Bone Marrow Pathology: ASCP Integrative Hematopathology Series 3 (ASCP Press 2010)

  • Diagnostic Pathology: Blood and Bone Marrow (Amirsys Publishing Company 2011)

  • Atlas of Nontumor Pathology, First Series, Fascicle 7: Benign and Reactive Conditions of Lymph Node and Spleen (American Registry of Pathology & Armed Forces Institute of Pathology 2009)

  • Atlas of Peripheral Blood. The Primary Diagnostic Tool (Wolters Kluwer, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Inc. 2012)

  • Diagnostic Pathology: Normal Histology (Amirsys Publishing Company 2013)

  • Diagnostic Pathology: Spleen (Amirsys Publishing Company 2013)

Members of the Hematopathology clinical service team are involved in the following professional leadership activities:

Members of the division serve on multiple journal editorial review boards including:

  • Division editor and editorial board for the American Journal of Clinical Pathology
  • Human Pathology, Modern Pathology
  • Associate editor and editorial board for the International Journal of Laboratory Hematology