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Pathology, defined as the study of suffering, is foundational in medicine as a field of general inquiry and research. But as a medical specialty, the practice involves the diagnosis and management of disease by means of laboratory methods.
VCU’s ophthalmic pathology service offers highly subspecialized patient care by providing tissue diagnostics for diseases of the eye and supports medical student education and resident training.
The practice of ophthalmic pathology is often associated with neuropathology, as the eyes are extensions of the brain, both anatomically and developmentally. Woon Chow, M.D., Ph.D., a board-certified neuropathologist with dual faculty appointments in the ophthalmology and pathology departments, specializes in pathologies of the central nervous system and ocular and periocular tissues. In the case of cancer, beyond establishing a diagnosis, he also determines the histologic grade and pathologic stage.
“One can think of ophthalmic pathology as the intersection of three other pathology subdomains: dermapathology, ENT pathology and neuropathology.”
Residents are exposed to ophthalmic pathology via a dedicated slide conference series, selected clinicopathologic correlation and grand round presentations, with the following objectives:
Ophthalmology residents also learn the language of pathology, which is critical for interacting with pathologists in their future practice.
As one of the only ophthalmic pathology providers in the region, we are proud to receive samples and offer our services to any health care providers seeking ophthalmic tissue diagnoses for their patients. Learn more