Spectrum Health Lab Experts

Meet Our Lab Experts

Our clinical laboratory scientists provide expertise in virtually every area of the clinical laboratory, using state-of-the-art instruments and methodologies. We also have a highly skilled team of board-certified pathologists who provide professional, patient-centered, and multi-specialty services. Our phlebotomists and lab service representatives are dedicated to patient care and to delivering an all-around exceptional experience to all laboratory customers.   

Our services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We look forward to being a vital partner with you in caring for the needs of your patients.

Medical Director, Spectrum Health Laboratories

Julieta Tablante-Blanco, MD 

Pathologists

M. Said Al-Beiruti, MD

Surgical Pathology; Cytopathology

Medical Education: Damascus University, Syria

Residency: St. Alexis Hospital

Fellowship: Hematopathology, Henry Ford Health System

Board Certifications: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology; Cytopathology; Hematopathology

Special Interest: Dermatopathology

David N. Alter, MD, DABCC

Associate Medical Director, Clinical Chemistry

Associate Medical Director, System Point of Care Testing

Transfusion Medicine; Clinical Pathology

Medical Education: New York Medical College

Residency: Brown University

Fellowship: Chemical Pathology, William Beaumont Hospital

Board Certifications: Clinical Pathology, Chemical Pathology and Clinical Chemistry (ABCC)

Special Interests: Clinical Chemistry. Immunology. Pre Analytic Processing and Error, Evidence based laboratory medicine. Appropriate test utilization for all areas of clinical medicine 

Deborah E. Blue, MD, MT(ASCP)

Associate Medical Director, Blood Bank;

Clinical Chemistry; Transfusion Medicine; Clinical Pathology

Medical Education: Wayne State University School of Medicine

Residency: William Beaumont Hospital

Fellowship: Medical Microbiology, Indiana University School of Medicine

Board Certifications: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Medical Microbiology

Special Interests: Medical Microbiology, Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine, Molecular Pathology

Melissa M. Bombery, MD

Surgical Pathology

Medical Education: University of Michigan Medical School

Residency: University of Michigan Health System

Fellowship: Surgical Pathology and Hematopathology, University of Michigan Health System

Board Certifications: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology; Hematopathology 

Alyson M. Booth, MD

Surgical Pathology; Cytopathology

Medical Education: University of Michigan Medical School

Residency: University of Virginia Health System

Fellowship: Surgical Pathology and Cytopathology, University of Virginia Health System

Board Certification: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

Special Interests: Immunohistochemistry; Head and neck pathology

Mihaela D. Chiselite, MD

Associate Medical Director, Coagulation

Surgical Pathology; Hematopathology; Flow Cytometry

Medical Education: University of California Irvine College of Medicine

Residency: Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center

Fellowship: Hematopathology, University of Michigan

Board Certifications: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology; Hematopathology

Special Interest: Hematopathology

William V. Chopp, MD

Associate Medical Director, Gross Pathology;

Surgical Pathology; Cytopathology

Medical Education: Michigan State University

Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Fellowship: Surgical Pathology and Gastrointestinal Pathology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Board Certification: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

Special Interest: Gastrointestinal pathology 

Stephen D. Cohle, MD

Forensic Pathology; Cardiac Pathology

Medical Education: University of Missouri

Residency: Baylor College of Medicine

Fellowship: Forensic Pathology, Institute of Forensic Science

Board Certifications: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology; Forensic Pathology

Special Interest: Cardiac pathology 

Cynthia L. Cookingham, MD

Associate Medical Director, Cytopathology;

Surgical Pathology; Cytopathology 

Medical Education: University of Michigan Medical School

Residency: University of Michigan Health System

Fellowships: Allergy and Immunology, Henry Ford Hospital; Breast Pathology, University of Michigan Health System; Cytopathology, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

Board Certification: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

Special Interests: Allergy and immunology; Breast pathology

Sandra L. Cottingham, MD, PhD

Medical Director, Biorepository;

Surgical Pathology; Neuropathology 

Medical Education: Cornell University Medical College

Residency: Grand Rapids Area Medical Education and Research Center

Fellowship: Neuropathology, Ohio State University

Board Certifications: Anatomic Pathology; Neuropathology

Special Interests: Neuropathology; Pulmonary pathology

Mary M. Davis, MD

Pediatric and Perinatal Pathology

Medical Education: Indiana University School of Medicine

Residency: Indiana University Medical Center

Fellowships: Pediatric Pathology, Riley Hospital for Children; Medical Genetics and Cytogenetics, Indiana University School of Medicine; Medical Informatics, Indiana University School of Medicine

Board Certifications: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology; Pediatric Pathology; Clinical Cytogenetics

Special Interests: Perinatal and placental; Medicolegal casework; Pediatric germ cell tumors 

Barbara K. Fulton, MD, PhD

Pediatric and Perinatal Pathology

Medical Education: University of Illinois

Residency: University of Virginia Health System

Fellowships: Pediatric Pathology, Riley Hospital for Children; Pediatric Tumor Biology, National Cancer Institute

Board Certifications: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology; Pediatric Pathology

Special Interests: Pediatric neoplasia; Placental pathology

Elena Ivan, MD

Associate Medical Director, Hematology

Surgical Pathology; Hematopathology; Flow Cytometry

Medical Education: Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Romania

Residency: Fundeni Hospital, Romania;  Lenox Hill Hospital New York

Fellowship: Hematopathology, University of Michigan

Board Certifications: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology; Hematopathology

Special Interest: Hematopoetic malignancies

Vadim Khachaturov, MD

Surgical Pathology; Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology

Medical Education: St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada West Indies

Residency: Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Fellowship: Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Board Certification: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

Special Interest:  Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology

Anthony J. Kubat, MD

Surgical Pathology; Cytopathology

Medical Education: University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine

Residency: University of Michigan Health System

Fellowships: Cytopathology, University Hospital, University of Cincinnati; Surgical Pathology, University of Michigan

Board Certifications: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology; Cytopathology

Special Interests: Urologic pathology

 Meryem M. Langenbach, MD

Associate Medical Director, Spectrum Health Grand Rapids; Regional Laboratory;

Surgical Pathology 

Medical Education: University of Michigan Medical School

Residency: University of Michigan Health System

Fellowship: Surgical Pathology, University of Michigan

Board Certification: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

Special Interest: Breast pathology

James A. McConnell, MD

Surgical Pathology; Cytopathology

Medical Education: Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine

Residency: University of Michigan Health System

Fellowship: Cytopathology, University of Michigan

Board Certifications: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology; Cytopathology

Special Interest:

 Jane C. Morrison, MD

Surgical Pathology; Gynecologic Pathology

Medical Education: Wayne State University, School of Medicine

Residency: Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Fellowships: Surgical Pathology, University of Michigan; Gynecologic Pathology, Johns Hopkins University

Board Certifications: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

Special Interests: Gynecologic pathology 

Diane E. Perkins, MD

Surgical Pathology, Dermatopathology

Medical Education: Wayne State University, School of Medicine

Residency: William Beaumont Hospital

Fellowship: Dermatopathology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Board Certifications: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Dermatopathology

Special Interest: Dermatopathology

Frances Rosario-Quinones, MD

Surgical Pathology; Hematopathology; Flow Cytometry

Medical Education: University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

Residency: Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Fellowship: Hematopathology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certification: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology; Hematopathology

Special Interest: Hematopathology, Gynecologic Pathology

David A. Start, MD

Forensic Pathology

Medical Education: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

Residency: University of Michigan Health System

Fellowship: Dade County Medical Examiner Department

Board Certifications: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology; Forensic Pathology

Special Interest: Forensic pathology 

Jennifer R. Stumph, MD

Associate Medical Director, Flow Cytometry

Surgical Pathology; Cytopathology; Hematopathology; Flow Cytometry 

Medical Education: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Fellowship: Hematopathology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Board Certifications: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology; Hematopathology

Special Interests: Breast pathology; Hematopathology

Julieta G. Tablante-Blanco, MD

Medical Director, Spectrum Health Grand Rapids Regional Laboratory and Advanced Technology Laboratories

Surgical Pathology; Cytopathology

Medical Education: Manila Central University School of Medicine, Philippines

Residency: Boston Medical Center

Fellowship: Cytopathology, Boston University

Board Certifications: Anatomic Pathology; Cytopathology

Special Interest: Breast pathology

Ghayas Uddin, MD

Associate Medical Director, Histology

Surgical Pathology; Cytopathology 

Medical Education: Sind Medical College, University of Karachi, Pakistan

Residency: Saint Vincent Hospital; Edward W. Sparrow Hospital

Fellowship: Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking, University of Cincinnati Medical Center

Board Certifications: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology; Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking

Special Interest: Tumor pathology

Meggen Walsh, DO

Surgical Pathology, Neuropathology

Medical Education: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency: University of Kentucky

Fellowship: Neuropathology, University of Florida

Board Certifications: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

Special Interest: Neuropathology

PhD Scientists

Adam Caulfield, PhD

Clinical Advisor to Microbiology

Graduate School: Northwestern University—The Feinberg School of Medicine

Fellowship: Clinical Microbiology Fellow at Mayo Clinic

Board Certification: Diplomat, American Board of Medical Microbiology

Special Interests: Yersinia pestis, microbial pathogenesis, novel diagnostic methods, multi-drug resistant organisms.

Timothy C. Drumheller, PhD

Clinical Advisor to Cytogenetics

Graduate School: Wayne State University

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Laboratory Cytogenetics, Yale University

Board Certification: Diplomat, Clinical Cytogenetics

Benedict I. Kuslikis, PhD

Clinical Advisor to Toxicology

Graduate School: Michigan State University

Fellowship: University of Wisconsin

Adjunct Instructor: Department of Pathology, Michigan State University

Special Interests: Alcohol and drug pharmacokinetics; Method development analytical toxicology; Postmortem toxicology; Drug screening in pain management; Sound and ethical conduct of clinical research 

Cong Liu, PhD, FACMG

Clinical Advisor to Molecular Diagnostics

Graduate School: University of Cincinnati

Fellowship: Clinical Molecular Genetics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Board Certification: Clinical Molecular Genetics