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Clinical Programs

Anatomic Pathology

Nirag Jhala MD, MIAC, Director of Anatomic Pathology

The division of Anatomic Pathology has four major sections that include: cytopathology, surgical pathology, oral pathology, and autopsy pathology.  

The goal of the division is to deliver excellent diagnostic care, provide par excellence teaching to the next generation and become prominent contributors in the arena of academic excellence.  

Anatomic Pathology (housed in modern recently redesigned laboratory space) continues to remain enriched and has benefited from works of pathologists who have provided academic fervor and strong academic leadership in the field of pathology. The division carries with it the strong heritage provided by pathologists who have moved the field of pathology including stalwarts like Ernest Aegerter (surgical pathologist with focus on musculoskeletal pathology), Walter Levy (surgical pathologist with focus on musculoskeletal pathologist), Si Chung Ming (surgical pathologist with focus on gastrointestinal tract pathology who provided the basis for Lauren and Ming Classification for gastric carcinoma), Walter Clarke (surgical pathologist who provided prognostic classification for Melanoma), Professor Chik-Kwun Tang (surgical pathologist who provided morphologic basis for the term Merkel Cell Carcinoma), Irena Koprowska (cytopathologist who provided first description of lung carcinoma cells in sputum samples) and many others who followed them.

The division comprises of pathologists with unique talents to provide solid evidence based patient care utilizing state of the art technologies. The division hosts experts whose works span from subcellular pathology to autopsy pathology. The division supports the mission of the Lewis Katz School of Medicine and that of the Temple University Health system.  

The division of Anatomic pathology also provides key support for multidisciplinary patient focused management and educational conferences. Such conferences help to provide a personalized and precision care for the patients we serve. Faculty in the division and their work continue to help clinical trials within Temple University Health System. The faculties in the division also provide key support for other research enterprises within and outside the Temple University Health System.  

Surgical Pathology

Section of surgical pathology evaluates roughly around 22, 000 surgical pathology accessions including those from unique subset of oral pathology. The section hosts state of the art equipment and technologies to provide excellent diagnostic services. The surgical pathology expertise is unique and has breadth of experience in wide ranging areas of transplantation pathology, oncologic pathology, gastrointestinal tract pathology, non-neoplastic lung pathology, hematopathology, dermatopathology, renal pathology, genitourinary and gynecologic pathology. Neuropathology is a unique service offered at TUH which also lends its expertise to other hospitals of TUHS including Jeanes Hospital and Fox Chase Cancer Center. The section helps to train residents, fellows from other specialties as well as medical students. Furthermore, the section has active second opinion service provided by experts in their respective fields. The section offers a wide range of ancillary testing including electron microscopy and molecular testing.


  • Alsammak, Mohamed, MD
  • Ashish Bains, MD
  • Tunde Farkas, MD
  • Nirag Jhala, MD, MIAC
  • Jasvir Khurana, MD
  • Abir Mukherjee, MD
  • Yuri Persidsky, MD, PhD,
  • Carrie Schneider, MD
  • He Wang, MD, PhD

Oral Pathology

The Oral Pathology Biopsy Service is part of surgical pathology. The service receives biopsy specimens from offices of oral surgeons, periodontists, endodontists and general dentists throughout the Delaware Valley and beyond and is one of the largest such academic diagnostic services in the country. The attending oral pathologists are Diplomates of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology.

In addition to providing ongoing monthly seminars to the Temple oral surgery residents, the oral pathology laboratory provides 1-2 week rotations for over 25 post-graduate dental residents as part of 6 residency programs (U Penn oral surgery, Temple periodontics, Einstein endodontics and general practice residents from Einstein Medical Center, Abington Hospital and the Philadelphia VA).


  • Gordon Pringle, DDS, PhD (Director)
  • Riya Kuklani, DDS

Renal Pathology Service

The renal pathology service reviews over 200 non-neoplastic renal biopsies. It supports the active and growing renal transplant services. The section offers analysis of full range of immunofluorescence antibodies as well as electron microscopy services. The section promotes and provides consultative services and actively supports training of residents and clinical fellows.


  • Yuri Persidsky MD, PhD

Cytopathology Laboratory

Nirag Jhala MD, MIAC, Director of Cytopathology

Cytopathology service at Temple University Hospital offers analyses of both gynecologic and non-gynecologic samples. The section provides state of the art liquid based cytology preparations for gynecologic cytology and can perform molecular analyses of HPV and additional microbial agents from a single vial. The section supports a busy FNA service with niche in areas of endoscopic ultrasound  (EUS and EBUS) guided FNA, head and neck FNA and Thyroid cytology. The section also provides services to perform hands on FNA as well as Pathologist assisted FNA samples. The section lends support for performing molecular diagnostic testing on samples obtained from various organ sites including Thyroid and Lung cancer. The section is composed of four board cytopathologists with breadth of expertise and rich experiences and continues to contribute to the academic missions of the medical center.


  • Tunde Farkas, MD
  • Nirag Jhala, MD, MIAC
  • He Wang, MD, PhD

The Autopsy section of Anatomic Pathology serves the entire Temple Health System including Jeanes Hospital and Fox Chase Cancer Center. It performs about 100 autopsies every year (75 adult and 25 perinatal). The data from autopsy is used to monitor and improve quality of patient care (mortality and morbidity conferences). Autopsy is also used to teach pathology residents and medical students (Autopsy teaching conferences are held on alternate Tuesdays along with regular brain cutting sessions). Autopsy cases in Temple are used often for presentation in national conferences and publications in high impact peer reviewed journals.


  • Abir Mukherjee, MD (Director)
  • Nahum Duker, MD