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Genitourinary pathology (GU) is a section of Anatomic Pathology which provides comprehensive genitourinary pathology diagnostic service to UAB Hospital, Callahan Eye Hospital, Medical West and O'Neill Comprehensive Cancer Center. It renders consultations on challenging cases from UAB pathology outreach services (CPPP), Children's of Alabama, Birmingham VA Medical Center and other local and regional institutions. Approximately 2,500 urological specimens (including biopsies and resections) are processed each year, including approximately 500 consult cases.

The GU pathology service covers several interdisciplinary tumor boards, including a monthly genitourinary tumor board, and educational conferences. In addition to providing clinical service, the GU team is involved in teaching residents, fellows and medical students in daily sign outs, didactic seminars, slide sessions and journal clubs. GU faculty members also participate in interdisciplinary institutional research programs, in addition to their own research activity.

Residents spend at least two months in the GU pathology rotation, during which they are primarily responsible for kidney, prostate, bladder, testis, penis, adrenal, and other specimens involved by genitourinary disorders. Daily sign-out occurs as two separate services (UAB cases/outside consults). Residents and GU pathology fellow preview and share cases, and review them with faculty member at the daily sessions at the multiheaded microscopes. Residents are responsible for previewing cases prior to sign out and reporting all diagnostic features included in synoptic reports and immunohistochemical stains. The residents incorporate all test results into the draft reports. The GU pathology faculty give didactic lectures to residents during their rotation, including an intensive series of practically-oriented lectures and slide review sessions during the daily sign-out sessions. 

Genitourinary Pathology Faculty

Cristina Magi-Galluzzi, MD, PhD, C. Bruce Alexander Endowed Professor, Division Director, Anatomic Pathology, Director, Genitourinary Pathology Fellowship - Section head

Valeria Dal Zotto, M.D., Assistant Professor, Anatomic Pathology

George Netto, MD, Robert and Ruth Anderson Endowed Chair, UAB Pathology 

Genitourinary Tumor Boards and Educational Conferences

Genitorurinary pathology faculty and fellows participate in a number of multidisciplinary conferences including a monthly GU tumor board with Urology, Hematology & Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Radiology colleagues focused on pathology, molecular findings, imaging modalities and treatment considerations. In addition, journal clubs are presented by fellows and residents at weekly Anatomic Pathology conferences.

Genitourinary Pathology Consultation and Tests

The genitourinary pathology team provides comprehensive expert consultative service for prostate, bladder, kidney, testis, adrenal, penis lesion and other urological entities and related disease conditions. A comprehensive immunohistochemical panel is available to fully evaluate genitourinary lesions. The Genomic division offers FISH testing and multigene NGS panels. 

Genitourinary Pathology Consult Submission Instructions

Please complete the consultation request form, print, and send with the slides or blocks.

Send slides or blocks to:
UAB Department of Pathology
North Pavilion 3rd Floor, Room 3518
1802 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
Phone: 205-934-4977
Fax: 205-934-7834

Contact us:

Cristina Magi-Galluzzi, MD, PhD.
Professor of Pathology
Director of Anatomic Pathology, Section Head, Genitourinary Pathology
Director, Genitourinary Pathology Fellowship
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
1802 6th Avenue South, NP3545A, Birmingham, AL 35233

Fellowship information:

Program Coordinator:
Telephone: (205) 975-3450; Fax: (205) 975-PATH
E-mail: path-fellowships@uabmc.edu
Website: https://www.uab.edu/medicine/pathology/education/fellowshipprogram