Head & Neck Pathology

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center head and neck pathology team, led by James (Jim) Lewis Jr. MD, offers diagnostic expertise in the many complex areas of head and neck specimens. The team provides quick turn-around on diagnostic procedures, personalized reporting, and is available for telephone consultation with referring pathologists and clinicians.

Positive High Risk HPV mRNA ISH in Oropharyngeal SCC

Mucosal-Based Lesions Including p16 and HPV Testing

Our testing services include evaluation of:

  • Mucosal-Based Lesions Including p16 and HPV Testing
  • Neck Masses
  • Salivary Gland Lesions
  • Sinonasal Lesions
  • Odontogenic Lesions
  • Bone and Soft Tissue Lesions
  • Thyroid & Parathyroid Lesions

Submitting Samples for Consultation

VPLS provides detailed collection and transport protocols to help insure that tissue samples arrive at our laboratory in an acceptable condition for analysis. Our faculty consultants provide an integrated diagnostic report of all studies performed. VPLS can provide your institution with all the necessary collection and transport supplies, reporting, billing and customer support services to facilitate your specimen referrals to Vanderbilt.

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Head & Neck Pathology - Division Faculty

James Lewis, Jr., M.D.

Associate Professor

Associate Director of Surgical Pathology

Dept. of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology




Kim Adams Ely, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Director, Fine Needle Aspiration Clinic

Dept of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology




Mitra Mehrad, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Dept. Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology