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Department of Cellular Pathology

The Department of Cellular Pathology comprises of Histopathology and Cytopathology on the Birmingham Heartlands site, the mortuaries are located at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital (BHH), Good Hope Hospital (GHH), and Solihull Hospital (SH) sites and the Andrology Department is located at the GHH site. The  Department is located in the Pathology building of the BHH site. Solihull Mortuary is part of the main hospital building on the Solihull site and Good Hope mortuary is part of the main hospital building on the Good Hope site.

Due to consultant capacity there may be delays in reporting non-urgent requests. Please notify the department of any requirements regarding prioritisation.

Cellular Pathology 8.30 - 17.00 Mon - Fri



08:30 - 16:30 (BHH, GHH and SH)

Excluding statutory Bank Holidays

Saturdays - Histology Only

09:00 - 12:30 

Restricted service only

Outside of routine working hours a pathologist can be contacted in case of an emergancy via the Birmingham Heartlands Hospital switchboard.

Following a new integrated management structure across UHB Pathology the Cellular Pathology Department across all UHB sites has a cross site Clinical Service Lead and Head Biomedical Scientist.  The separate laboratories work closely across other University Hospitals Birmingham based pathology laboratories to meet service needs but thes labs are separately accredited by UKAS to ISO15189.  Specialist testing, cross site data entry/reporting and contingency arrangements for sites and equipment. This includes increasing cross site working with QE Hospital based Cellular Pathology and Molecular Departments together with the nearby Musculoskeletal Pathology Laboratory.   Furthermore, many clinical areas have relocated across UHB and external hospital sites as urgent covid pandemic related changes during the summer of 2020.  Thoracic surgery in particular now takes place at the QE Hospital site but other cross site changes include UHB dermatology, GI and breast clinical activity.  The Department is supporting such major clinical changes by coordinating  Cellular Pathology work across the sites.    The Department have managed these changes collaboratively with clinical staff and through improved dedicated intersite transport and cross site access to clinical/laboratory systems.

The Department welcomes feedback both good or bad from the users of the service.  Feedback can either be addressed to the consultant concerned or the head of department.  Any complaints will be investigated.

ROCHE field safety notice: TD FSN SBN-RTD-2017-001. HoEFT Cellular Pathology response

Following the issue of a field safety notice by Roche we have reviewed our practice and feel that no additional action is required.

It is standard practice at Heartlands Hospital for ALL immunohistochemistry (IHC) run on the Ventana Bencmark XT and Ultra to include an on-slide control. This forms part of the quality control and confirms the appropriate level and distribution of staining for each antibody on a slide by slide basis. The on slide control is reviewed as part of the QC process prior to being checked out to the Pathologist for reporting. If the staining of the control is sub-optimal or fails the case is referred back for repeat IHC.

In view of the stringency of our internal QC processes and the use of on slide controls there should be no problems with the cases we have tested during the period covered by the field safety notice. The use of on slide controls meets the requirements set out by Roche in the field safety notice and is in compliance with our SOPs. We are however happy to review any of the cases reported during this time period if there are any concerns.

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Queen Elizabeth Site Consultant Pathologists and Managers



Managerial Staff

Position / Roles

Telephone Number

Martin Collard

Head Biomedical Scientist – Cellular Pathology


Daniel Kearns

Deputy Head Biomedical Scientist – Cellular Pathology


Brendan O’Sullivan

Operational Manager Molecular Pathology


Matthew Smith (Dr)

Principal Clinical Scientist Molecular Pathology


Rebecca Taylor

Deputy Head Biomedical Scientist – Cellular Pathology


Gavin Rock

Deputy Head Biomedical Scientist – Cellular  Pathology

0121 424 0189

Liz Curtis (Dr)

Operational Manager Electron Microscopy and Clinical Scientist


Val Manning

Administration and Clerical Services Manager


Medical Staff

Position / Roles

Telephone Number

Dr Shalini Chaudhri

Consultant Histopathologist, Clinical Service Lead and HTA Designated Individual (Tissue Services)


Dr Philippe Taniere

Consultant Histopathologist and Clinical Service lead for  Molecular Pathology


Dr Zainab Abdawn

Consultant Histopathologist


Dr Rasoul Amel-Kashipaz

Consultant Histopathologist


Dr Rachna Awasthi

Consultant Histopathologist


Dr Timothy Bates

Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Histopathologist


Dr Rachel Brown

Consultant Histopathologist and HTA Designated Individual


Dr Owen Cain

Consultant Histopathologist     


Dr Diaz-Cano Salvador

Consultant Histopathologist


Dr Mona Elshafie

Consultant Histopathologist


Dr Rahul Hejmadi

Consultant Histopathologist


Prof Stefan Hubscher

Consultant Histopathologist and Prof of Hepatic Pathology


Dr Y L Hock

Consultant Histopathologist


Dr Santhosh Nagaraju

Consultant Neuropathologist


Prof  Desley Neil

Consultant Histopathologist


Dr Ute Pohl

Consultant Neuropathologist   


Prof Abeer Shaaban

Consultant Histopathologist


Dr Kassiani Skordilis

Consultant Histopathologist


Dr Bindu Vydianath

Consultant Histopathologist


Dr Adrian Warfield

Consultant Histopathologist


Dr V P Sumathi

Consultant Histopathologist


Prof S Fisher

Consultant Histopathologist




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The Cytopathology services for the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospitals) are based at the Birmingham Heartlands Hospital site and can be located within the Cellular Pathology department on the first floor of the Laboratory Medicine directorate building..

Cytopathology/cytology is the study of cells. Cells obtained from body organs and fluid secretions are stained and examined microscopically for pathological change.

 The non-gynaecological (Systemic) diagnostic service involves theprocessing and analysis of non-gynaecological samples from GPs and hospital clinicians.  It serves as a valuable diagnostic tool to assist in the diagnosis or confirmation of a variety of pathologies, or determine the course of treatment required, and may facilitate the monitoring of disease progression.

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