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Liver Pathology

Service

  • 24 - 48 hour turn around time for biopsies/slides
  • Same-day processing for biopsies arriving before 11 a.m.
  • Verbal and faxed results

Expertise

  • Steatohepatitis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Chronic viral hepatitis
  • Cholestatic and autoimmune diseases
  • Liver transplant biopsy evaluation
  • Non-neoplastic liver pathology
  • Liver tumors -- primary or metastatic
  • Drug-related liver disease

Meet the Liver Pathology team of physicians

  • Oscar William Cummings, MD
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    PROFESSOR; DIRECTOR, SURGICAL PATHOLOGY; DIRECTOR, SURGICAL PATHOLOGY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

    Education: MD Creighton University; Resident in Anatomic Pathology, Barnes Hospital, Washington University; Fellow in Surgical Pathology, Barnes Hospital, Washington University
    Board Certification: Diplomate of the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology
    Special Interest: Liver and gastrointestinal diseases, Transplant pathology
    Address: Indiana University Health Pathology Laboratory
    350 West 11th St., Room 4054
    Indianapolis, IN 46202-4108
    Phone: 317.491.6486
    Fax: 317.491.6424
    Pager: 312.7299
    E-mail: ocumming@iupui.edu

  • Rong Fan, MD
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    ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

    Education: MD Beijing Medical University, China; Resident in Pathology, University of Illinois; Fellowship in Pediatric Pathology, Children's Hospital, Boston
    Board Certification: Diplomate of the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
    Special Interest: Pediatric tumors, Pediatric liver and gastrointestinal disease
    Address: Riley Hospital for Children
    702 Barnhill Dr., Room 2536
    Indianapolis, IN 46202-5128
    Phone: 317.274.2616
    Fax: 317.274.2810
    Pager: 312.4721
    E-mail: fanr@iupui.edu

  • Jingmei Lin, MD, PhD
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    ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

    Education: MD Beijing Medical University, China; PhD in Pathology from the University of Michigan; Resident in Anatomic Pathology, University of Michigan; Fellow in Gastrointestinal, Hepatic and Pancreaticobiliary Pathology, University of Michigan
    Board Certification: Diplomate of the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
    Special Interest: Gastrointestinal pathology
    Address: Indiana University Health Pathology Laboratory
    350 West 11th St., Room 4056
    Indianapolis, IN 46202-4048
    Phone: 317.491.6159
    Fax: 317.491.6419
    Pager: 312.7044
    E-mail: jinglin@iupui.edu

  • Romil Saxena, MD, FRCPATH
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    ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

    Education: MB, BS  Bombay University, India; Resident in Anatomic Pathology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Fellow in Liver Pathology and Gene Therapy, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Fellow in Gastrointestinal Pathology, Yale University Medical Center
    Board Certification: Diplomate of the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology
    Special Interest: Liver and gastrointestinal pathology
    Address: Indiana University Health Pathology Laboratory
    350 West 11th St., Room 4056
    Indianapolis, IN 46202-4108
    Phone: 317.491.6487
    Fax: 317.491.6419
    Pager: 312.7312
    E-mail: rsaxena@iupui.edu

Specimen Preparation & Transportation

Specimen Preparation

  • Collect a CT-guided needle biopsy. Use an 18-gauge needle.
  • Place the specimen in a leak-proof container filled with formalin.
  • Place the container in a styrofoam mailer and then into the red- and white-striped sleeve.
  • Please contact the outreach coordinator at 800.433.0740 for special requests, such as electronmicroscopy or metabolic work-ups. (EM must be transported in glutaraldehyde.)

Specimen Transportation

  • Send tissue at room temperature by overnight express. Submit blocks for iron and copper determination:
    • LM: Transport in 10 percent buffered formalin
    • EM: Transport in 2 percent glutaraldehyde
    • IF: In rare instances involving metabolic concerns, transport in Michel's fixative
  • UPS: Place the liver biopsy specimen kit in the UPS return "LabPak" bag along with a completed requisition form and all corresponding paperwork. Fax the submission form and the patient's demographic information to 317.491.6419 before sending the biopsy. Complete the top portion of the UPS label and contact UPS for pick-up.
  • Courier (if local): Complete the requisition form and include with the specimen. Call 317.491.6000 for courier pick-up.
  • Liver biopsy kits will be provided upon request and will be automatically replaced at the end of each month. For additional kits, please contact the outreach coordinator at 800.433.0740.