The Renal Pathology Division at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine is a full-service laboratory offering immunological techniques and electron microscopy for the assessment of non-neoplastic renal biopsies. (Neoplastic renal tissue is evaluated by the Genitourinary Pathology Division.) Supported by a large Clinical Nephrology Service at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, our subspecialized faculty analyze nearly 800 tissue specimens each year, including nearly 300 renal transplant biopsies and tissues from over 30 transplant nephrectomies — one of the largest case loads in the area. The remaining tissues represent a wide variety of native kidney diseases, including glomerular, tubulo-interstitial, and vascular lesions.
In addition to renal biopsies, our center is one of the few institutions in New York City offering electron microscopic analysis of non-renal tissues, such as skin, heart, liver, and lung tissue. Electron microscopy and immunofluorescence are heavily used by our pathologists for renal tissues, and they are able to offer this service for the analysis of select non-renal tissues as well (excluding brain, nerve, and muscle).
The Division is led by Surya V. Seshan, MD, a senior renal pathologist who trained under Jacob Churg, MD (one of the founding fathers of renal pathology). She collaborates with Steven Salvatore, MD, the Division's second renal pathologist, who served as Chief Resident in Pathology and completed a Renal Pathology Fellowship at Weill Cornell before joining the Renal Pathology Division. Their high level of diagnostic expertise, clinicopathologic correlations, and experience are sought by doctors from all over the Tri-State area. They take a personal approach to communicating with referring physicians and are available to discuss pathology findings by telephone.
In addition to performing clinical services, our renal pathologists conduct clinical research —currently in people with diabetes, obesity, and podocytopathy — and collaborate with basic science investigators on translational research projects. Teaching conferences are held weekly for residents and trainees. A highly competitive one-year Renal Pathology Fellowship is also offered, with graduating fellows well-prepared to start their careers at leading medical centers and in private industry.