Medical Renal Pathology Service

The Medical Renal Pathology service at UC San Diego provides comprehensive diagnostic expertise and services related to the pathology of medical disorders (non-tumoral) of the kidney. This is a unique area in surgical pathology, one that routinely combines light microscopy, immunofluorescence microscopy and electron microscopy to interpret renal biopsies. Furthermore, most cases require clinical correlation to reach a correct diagnosis, and pathologist-to-clinician communication is often required. Accordingly, we discuss every case with the nephrologist or rheumatologist that ordered the biopsy. These discussions facilitate patient care by placing any observed morphologic derangements in the appropriate clinical context so that their clinical significance can be discerned. Faculty of the service are actively involved in the education of medical school students, residents and fellows. A two-week elective rotation is open for nephrology fellows at UCSD and Rady Children’s Hospital.

The Medical Renal Pathology Service at UC San Diego routinely provides second opinion consultations on cases from other Medical Centers in the region and Internationally, including cases from Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. We are available for consultation on all aspects of Medical Renal Pathology.

Meet the Faculty:

Haiyan Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.

Li Lei, M.D, Ph.D.