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Renal Pathology


  • 24-hour turn around time for LM and IF
  • 48-hour turn around time for EM
  • Same-day processing for biopsies arriving before 11 am
  • Digital images mailed or e-mailed to the clinician


  • Kidney transplant pathology
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Drug toxicity and other interstitial renal diseases
  • Cystic and congenital renal diseases
  • Renal neoplasms

Meet the Renal Pathology team of physicians

  • Liang Cheng, MD


    Education: MD Beijing Medical University , China; Resident in Pathology, Case Western Reserve University; Fellow in Urologic Surgical Pathology, Mayo Clinic
    Board Certification: Diplomate of the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
    Subspecialty Certification: Molecular Genetic Pathology
    Special Interest: Urologic pathology, Molecular diagnostics and Molecular genetic pathology
    Address: Indiana University Health Pathology Laboratory
    350 West 11th St., Room 4044
    Indianapolis, IN 46202-4108
    Phone: 317.491.6442
    Fax: 317.491.6419
    Pager: 312.4821

  • John N. Eble, MD, MBA, FRCPA


    Education: MD Indiana University School of Medicine; MBA Indiana University Graduate School of Business;
    Resident in Pathology, Indiana University
    Board Certifications: Diplomate of the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology; Diplomate of the American Society for Clinical Pathology in Laboratory Management
    Special Interest: Urologic pathology, Laboratory management
    Address: Van Nuys Medical Science Building
    635 Barnhill Dr., Room A128
    Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-5120
    Phone: 317.274.1738
    Fax: 317.278.2018
    Pager: 312.1559

  • Carrie L. Phillips, MD


    Education: MD University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine; Resident in Pathology, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health; Fellow in Renal Pathology, University of Michigan
    Board Certification: Diplomate of the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology
    Special Interest: Renal pathology, Cystic diseases of the kidney
    Address: Indiana University Health Pathology Laboratory
    350 West 11th St., Room 4090
    Indianapolis, IN 46202-4108
    Phone: 317.491.6494
    Fax: 317.491.6419
    Pager: 312.7266


  • Confirmation is faxed upon receipt of specimen.
  • Pathologist calls the clinican when the biopsy has been completed to discuss findings. A faxed report and digital images will follow.
  • Pathology outreach coordinator makes regular contact with your office to ensure continued high quality service.


  • Staining protocols include the following:
    • LM: H&E, PAS, Jones silver and trichrome stains
    • IF: IgG, IgA, IgM, C3, C1q, kappa, lambda, fibrinogen and albumin stains
    • EM: one or more glomeruli are examined as dictated by individual case.
  • Call 800.433.0740 or 317.491.6423 for free biopsy kits and overnight mailers. Kits include the following:
    • Separate reagents for LM, IF and EM
    • Protocol for dividing the biopsy
    • Pathology Laboratory requisition, which includes billing information

Specimen Preparation & Transportation

Specimen Preparation

  • Collection and dissection of needle biopsy: (use an 18-gauge needle)
  • Place the EM sections of the core in the tube labeled "Glutaraldehyde."
  • Place the LM section in the tube with the yellow "Formaldehyde" label.
  • Place the IF section in the tube labeled for "Immunofluorescence."
  • Place the tubes in the biohazard bag, place the bag with contents in the styrofoam container and then into the red- and white-striped mailer.

Specimen Transportation

  • Please fax completed requisition form and face sheet to 317-491-6419, attention: Renal Biopsy.
  • Place the renal biopsy specimen kit and all of the paperwork (including clinincal information)into the UPS return "LabPak."
  • Complete the top portion of the UPS label, and transport overnight by UPS.

Renal Biopsy Kits

  • Will be automatically replaced at the end of each month. For additional kits, please contact Client Services at 317.491.6423.