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McLendon Clinical Laboratories Directory

Use this list to locate contact information for a specific laboratory. For General Technical Assistance call 984-974-2361.

Anatomic Pathology Administrative Area

Primary Contact: 984-974-1476

Major Function: Histology, Cytology, Frozen Sections, and Needle Biopsies

Important Pager Numbers:

  • Physician on call for Autopsy Service: 919-216-4728
  • Physician on call for Surgical Pathology Service: 919-216-1358
  • Orange County Medical Examiner: 919-969-0858
  • Durham County Medical Examiner: 919-969-0780

Autopsy Service

Primary Contact: 919-966-4541; 919-966-4491

Major Function: Autopsy, Decedent Care

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Blood Donation Center/Platelet Donor Program

Primary Contact: 984-974-8290

Major Function: Platelet Donor



Primary Contact: 984-974-1805

Major Function: Bacteriology, Mycobacteriology, Mycology, Parasitology, Molecular Microbiology

Additional Contact Information:



Primary Contact: 984-974-1815

Special Coagulation

Primary Contact: 984-974-8326

Major Function: Special Coagulation

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Core Laboratory/Specialty Sections

Primary Contact: 984-974-2361

Major Function: Clinical Chemistry, Coagulation, Hematology, Urinalysis, Blood Gas Critical Care, Special Chemistry, Endocrinology, Toxicology, Clinical Pharmacology, Pediatric Metabolism.

Additional Contact Information:


Primary Contact: 984-974-1790

Major Function: Cytogenetics

Additional Contact Information:

Director: Kathleen Kaiser-Rogers, PhD, FACMG 984-974-1586

Manager: Ryan O’Mara, CG(ASCP)CM 984-974-7844

Lab Genetic Counselor: Thomas Felton, MS CGC 984-984-1585



Primary Contact: 984-974-1477

Major Function: Cytology

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Electron Microscopy

Primary Contact: 984-974-1476

Director:Harsharan Singh, MD

Manager: Sheila Winn, BS, HT/HTL(ASCP), 984-974-9172

Supervisor: Peggy Graham, HTL(ASCP), 984-974-9174

Location: Women's and Children's, 3rd floor, room 30252 CH

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

To insure proper handling, the Laboratory should be contacted prior to procurement of the specimen. Either call the Surgical Pathology Resident on-call for Frozen Sections (966-3207) or contact the Laboratory. Special fixatives and protocols are available at the Surgical Pathology/Cytopathology receiving window, or in the Frozen Section Room of the Operating Room Suite.

Flow Cytometry

Primary Contact: 984-974-1765

Major Function: Flow Cytometry for Clinical and Anatomic Pathology

Additional Contact Information:
Director: John Schmitz, PhD
Associate Director: Eric Weimer, PhD
Manager: Cher Wilson, MT(ASCP)
Supervisor: Dana Collins, MT(ASCP)

Location: 1040 East Wing

Hours: 7:30am - 8:00pm Monday-Friday


Primary Contact: 984-974-8320, 919-966-2414

Major Function: Comprehensive Diagnostic Hematopathology Services

Additional Contact Information:

  • Special Hematology: (984) 974-8322 Room C3162, NC Cancer Hospital
  • Director of Hematopathology: David Williams MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Associate Director: Nate Montgomery MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Attendings:
  • Technical Specialist: Huan Lu, MT(ASCP)
  • Supervisor:Aiko Alfano, MT(ASCP)

UNCH Physician Orderable Testing:

  • Leukemia/Lymphoma Markers: Blood (Flow Cytometry Request)
  • Leukemia/Lymphoma Markers: Fluid (Flow Cytometry Request)
  • G-6-PD (Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase)
  • Serum Viscosity
  • Sickle Cell Screen
  • Hemoglobinopathy Profile (HB-THAL Profile)


Histocompatibility/Tissue Typing

Primary Contact: 984-974-4057

Major Function: Histocompatibility/Tissue Typing HLA

Additional Contact Information:

Location: Room 1053, East Wing

Hours: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm


Primary Contact: 984-974-1478

Director: Kevin Greene, MD

Manager: Sheila Winn, MBA HTL(ASCP) 984-974-9172

Supervisor: Peggy Graham, HTL(ASCP) 984-974-9174

Location: Women's and Children's Hospitals, 3rd floor, room 30231 CH

Hours: Monday-Friday: 8 am - 4:30 pm


Surgical Pathology receives and processes a variety of human tissue specimens from the various operating rooms within UNC Hospitals and Clinics. Histology processes portions of these tissues for presentation to pathologists, who will review them under a microscope and render a diagnosis.

A Histology Laboratory courier picks up specimens for routine processing from UNC Hospitals operating rooms and clinics as well as from the Core Laboratory by the Histology Lab at scheduled pickup times.

Specimens that need immediate or RUSH processing should be delivered by OR/ward/unit personnel.

RUSH specimens received for processing by 12:30 pm are processed the same day.

Specimens delivered outside of normal laboratory hours should be placed UNFIXED in the refrigerator adjacent to the accessioning/receiving window, accompanied by a completed Surgical Pathology Request Form.

Request Forms (requisitions) must accompany each specimen and be filled out completely for each case, listing all specimens. The requisition must contain patient name, medical record number, requesting physician, physician code, pertinent clinical history, any special studies (such as special stains) requested and source of specimen.

The Laboratory reserves the right to reject specimens that are submitted in an improper manner. Criteria for rejection include:

  • Unlabeled specimens
  • Specimen container and requisition mismatches
  • Unacceptable packaging of the specimen
  • Broken or leaking specimen containers
  • Inadequate material for processing

Laboratory Administration

Primary Contact: 984-974-1500, 984-974-1675 (fax)

Major Function: Administration, Financial, Compliance, Recruitment, Quality Management, Information Systems

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Molecular Pathology

Primary Contact: 984-974-1825

Major Function: Molecular Genetics, Molecular Oncology

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Muscle Pathology

Primary Contact: 984-974-1476

Medical Director: Leigh B. Thorne, MD
919 Brinkhous-Bullitt Bldg, CB 7525
(919)966-8003; Page 123-2085

Manager: Sheila Winn, MBA, HTL(ASCP) (984)974-9172
Supervisor: Peggy Graham, HTL(ASCP) (984)974-9174

Location: Histology Laboratory

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

To insure proper handling of fresh muscle specimens, the Muscle Path Lab (MPL) should be contacted when biopsy procedure is scheduled in OR. Prior to procurement of the specimen, and in advance of the specimen being transported to Surgical Pathology Frozen Section room, notify department by calling (984)974-1476. If there is no response, please call Histology Lab at (984)974-1478 to make notification.

Specimen requirements:
Approximately 100 mg (~ 1.0 x 0.5 x 0.5cm) of fresh tissue is recommended, however, it varies depending on the age of the patient & differential diagnosis.

Collect sample with scalpel, no cautery please.

Place the muscle on a piece of sponge or gauze slightly moistened (or damp) with saline. Place in a sterile container labeled with the EPIC Patient's container label (ON ICE to keep cool). The specimen must be Ordered in EPIC, and accompained by an EPIC Order print out.

After hours collection: Phone or page the MPL for special instructions.


Faculty Directors:

Volker Nickeleit, MD, Director, UNC Division of Nephropathology

Harsharan K. Singh, MD, Associate Director, UNC Division of Nephropathology

J. Charles Jennette, MD, Executive Director, UNC Division of Nephropathology

Laboratory Supervisor:

Kim Burch, Nephropathology Laboratory Supervisor

General Information:

Primary Contact: 919-966-2421
Director: Volker Nickeleit, MD, 919-966-2421
Supervisor: Lauraine Rivier, PhD, MS: 919-966-2421
Office Location: Brinkhous-Bullitt Building, Fourth Floor, Room 409
Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday


Primary Contact: 919-843-7938

Director: Thomas Bouldin, MD

Location: Room 1005, West Wing

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

This service provides tissue diagnosis of ocular, orbital and adnexal specimens. Specimens should be submitted to Surgical Pathology Cytopathology receiving window. Routine processing requires fixation in a minimum of 10x the tissue volume of 10% buffered formalin. Scanning electron and transmission microscopy capabilities are available. These specimens should be fixed in 4% paraformaldehyde.

Neuropathology Laboratory

Primary Contact: 919-966-2421

Director: Thomas Bouldin, MD

Location: Women's and Children's Hospitals, 3rd floor, Room 30149 CH

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

All specimens of the central and peripheral nervous system that are submitted to the Division of Surgical Pathology are reviewed by one of three Neuropathologists within the Division of Neuropathology. The guidelines given by the Division of Surgical Pathology also apply to Surgical Neuropathology.

Ophthalmic Pathology

Primary Contact: 984-974-1476

Director: Thomas Bouldin, MD

Location: Room 1005, West Wing

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

This service provides tissue diagnosis of ocular, orbital and adnexal specimens. Specimens should be submitted to Surgical Pathology /Cytopathology receiving window. Routine processing requires fixation in a minimum of 10x the tissue volume of 10% buffered formalin. Scanning electron and transmission microscopy capabilities are available. These specimens should be fixed in 4% paraformaldehyde.

Outreach Services

Primary Contact: 984-974-1810; 888-741-5227

Major Function: Outreach Client Services

Additional Contact Information:

Phlebotomy Services

Primary Contact: 984-974-5446 Phlebotomist Pager:
Major Function: Specimen Collection Phlebotomy Pager: Vocera "Phlebotomy Pager"

Additional Contact Information:

Outpatient Blood-Drawing Labs:

  • North Carolina Memorial Hospital (1st floor, top of the escalators)
    • Hours of operation: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Phone: 984-974-5446
    • Sweat Chloride Specimen Collections are also done at this location.
  • UNC Women's Hospital (Ground Floor, behind the Information Desk)
    • Hours of operation for blood collection: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm, Monday though Friday. 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Saturdays and most holidays (except Thanksgiving Day-Closed, and Christmas Day-Closed).
  • Ambulatory Care Center (1st floor)
    • Hours of operation: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Phone: 984-974-5920

Point-of-Care Services

Primary Contact: 984-974-1416

Major Function: Point-of-Care Testing Services

Additional Contact Information:

General Information:

Point-of-Care testing within the UNC Medical Center is accredited under CAP.

Devices are first reviewed and approved by the standing Point-of-Care Committee which consists of laboratory and clinical staff. After selection, the coordinators will assist you in developing procedures, training, and quality assurance practices that are required by the institution and regulatory agencies.

Currently, the UNC Medical Center POC Program has more than 4500 certified POC operators and monitors some 250 devices.


Quality Management & Compliance

Major Function: Quality Management, Accreditation, Laboratory Safety, Laboratory Website, Laboratory Quality Improvement, Regulatory Functions

Contact Information:

  • Medical Director Quality Management: Herbert C. Whinna MD, PhD
  • Manager: Jenny Cayless, CT(ASCP), 984-974-1512
  • Quality Management Supervisor and QM Specialist for Transfusion Medicine & HPC: Deirdre Burton, BSMT(ASCP), RN, 984-974-1510
  • QM Specialist for ACC Lab, Outreach Lab Support and QM Safety Team Lead
  • QM Specialist for CPII Lab, CPMOB and Required Function Checks :Karen Hrischuk, MT(CSMLS), 984-974-1584
  • QM Specialist-Microbiology/Immunology Lab and Transplant Services, Family Medicine Lab: Jennifer Carr, MT(ASCP)

Location: N1061 East Wing

Referral Testing

Primary Contact: 984-974-1414

Director: Herbert Whinna MD, Ph.D.

Manager: Jenny Cayless, 984-974-1512

Supervisor: Marsha Owens, 984-974-1414

Location: N1062 East Wing

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm

Surgical Pathology

Primary Contact: 984-974-1476

Director: Ben Calhoun, MD

Manager: Sheila Winn, BS, HT/HTL(ASCP) 984-974-9172

Supervisor: Jean Oldham, 984-974-9133

Physician On-Call: Pager # 216-1358

Location: Women's and Children's Hospitals, 3rd floor, room 30149 CH (Admin.)

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm

This service provides tissue diagnosis of specimens removed during a surgical procedure or tissue passed vaginally during a miscarriage.

Submission of Specimens Details

Sweat Chloride Collection

Primary Phone: 984-974-1760

Major Function: Sweat Chloride Specimen Collection

Performed by Phlebotomy Services between 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.

Transfusion Medicine/Transplantation Services

Primary Phone: 984-974-1780

Major Functions: Transfusion Medicine/Transplant Services, Platelet Donor Program, Apheresis, HPC Stem Cell

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Reviewed by Christopher Parker on February 10, 2021

Note: Reference ranges provided on this web site are for guidance only, and may not reflect the most recent changes. Refer to laboratory reports for current reference data.

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