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Autopsy Services

Autopsy Service is open Mon-Fri 8am-3pm; Call Client Services 804-828-PATH (828-7284); 1-800-363-9234

Our Autopsy Service provides complete autopsy evaluation and professional consultation for VCUHS patients, area hospitals without the facility to perform autopsy examinations, and provides independent private autopsies under special circumstances. We also consider requests to perform autopsies (full or partial) for research tissue harvesting from outside institutions.

Our Service is staffed by faculty mentors who are certified in Anatomic Pathology, three Pathologists’ Assistants, and one or two rotating Pathology Residents who perform about 130 autopsies a year. Together, the VCUHS Pathologists and Pathologists' Assistants contribute many years of knowledge and experience to the Autopsy Service.

Our services are available Monday through Friday 8am-3pm. 
We are located in Sanger Hall, 1101 E. Marshall St. Room B2-018 in Richmond, VA.

Our large facility is located in an academic hospital setting. Because we are a teaching hospital, we offer university-level professional resources, a residency training program with multiple fellowship programs, and outstanding research.  Our trainees and faculty have a close relationship with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the Commonwealth of Virginia and offer overlapping learning opportunities.

The Pathologists and Pathologists’ Assistants are vital teachers with a wealth of knowledge and experience for the Pathology Residency Program. All are tasked with teaching and assisting the Pathology Residents during their autopsy rotations. 

The Autopsy Service also contributes to the training and education of non-pathology physicians by providing post-mortem exposure to rare conditions and anomalies, as well as post-operative outcomes. It also provides an opportunity to identify ante-mortem conditions not noted before death. 

Autopsy Consultative Services

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Enrique Gerszten, MD [View Image]

Enrique Gerszten, MD

Autopsy & Paleopathology

Enrique Gerszten, MD [View Image]

Enrique Gerszten, MD

Autopsy & Paleopathology

Pathology

Emeritus Professor of Pathology;
Director of Paleopathology Research Laboratory

Phone: (804) 828-9746

Fax: (804) 828-9749

Email: Enrique.Gerszten@vcuhealth.org

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Austin Blackburn Wiles, MD [View Image]

Austin Blackburn Wiles, MD

Autopsy & Cytopathology

Austin Blackburn Wiles, MD [View Image]

Austin Blackburn Wiles, MD

Autopsy & Cytopathology

Pathology

Assistant Professor of Pathology; Director of Autopsy;
Medical Director of Decedent Affairs

Phone: (804) 628-4852

Fax: (804) 828-8733

Email: Austin.Wiles@vcuhealth.org

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H. Davis Massey, DDS, MD, PhD [View Image]

H. Davis Massey, DDS, MD, PhD

Chief of Pathology, VA Medical Center

H. Davis Massey, DDS, MD, PhD [View Image]

H. Davis Massey, DDS, MD, PhD

Chief of Pathology, VA Medical Center

Pathology

Autopsy & Surgical Pathology
Associate Professor of Pathology

Phone: (804) 828-9739

Fax: (804) 828-9749

Email: Hugh.Massey@vcuhealth.org

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Hope Richard, MD, PhD [View Image]

Hope Richard, MD, PhD

Neuropathology

Hope Richard, MD, PhD [View Image]

Hope Richard, MD, PhD

Neuropathology

Pathology

Assistant Professor of Pathology;
Director of Neuropathology

Phone: (804) 628-1690

Fax: (804) 827-4434

Email: Hope.Richard@vcuhealth.org

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Woon Chow, MD, PhD [View Image]

Woon Chow, MD, PhD

Neuropathology & Pathology Information Systems

Woon Chow, MD, PhD [View Image]

Woon Chow, MD, PhD

Neuropathology & Pathology Information Systems

Pathology

Assistant Professor of Pathology and Ophthalmology;
Associate Director of Pathology Information Systems
Physician Informaticist

Phone: (804) 828-7950

Fax: (804) 828-8733

Email: Woon.Chow@vcuhealth.org

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