Meet Our Lab Experts

We at Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory and Advanced Technology Laboratories appreciate the opportunity to work with you by providing a full range of routine and specialized services at our advanced facilities. Our laboratory consists of a highly skilled team of board certified pathologists who provide excellent, professional, patient-centered and multispecialty services, along with clinical laboratory scientists who provide expertise in virtually every area of the clinical laboratory, using state-of-the-art instruments and methodologies. Our phlebotomists and lab service representatives are dedicated to the patient and to delivering an all-around exceptional experience to all laboratory customers.

This directory offers you access to Spectrum Health Laboratory experts in the specialty matching your needs. You can connect with one of our lab experts by calling our call center at 616.774.7721 or emailing laboratoryservices@spectrumhealth.org. Our services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We can assist you with test selection, interpretation and follow-up testing, which can reduce unnecessary tests and lower health care costs. We look forward to being a vital partner with you in caring for the needs of your patients.

William Chopp, MD
Medical Director, Spectrum Health Laboratories

Pathologists

Kay L. Aardema, MD
Medical Director, Point of Care
Surgical Pathology, Cytopathology
Medical Education: Wayne State University
Residency: Henry Ford Health System
Fellowship: Cytopathology, Henry Ford Health System
Board Certifications: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

Melissa M. Bombery, MD
Medical Director, Spectrum Health Pennock Laboratory
Surgical Pathology
Medical Education: University of Michigan Medical School
Residency: University of Michigan Health System
Fellowship: Surgical Pathology and Hematopathology, University of Michigan Health Systems
Board Certifications: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology; Cytopathology; Hematopathology
Special Interest: 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 Hematopathology, University of Virginia Health System
Board Certifications: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
Special Interests: Immunohistochemistry, Head and Neck Pathology

Britni R. Bryant, MD
Surgical Pathology
Medical Education: Michigan State University
Residency: University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen
Fellowship: University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen
Board Certifications: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

Mihaela D. Chiselite, MD
Medical Director, Spectrum Health Ludington Laboratory
Associate Medical Director, Coagulation, Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory
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
Medical Director, Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory
Surgical Pathology, Cytopathology, Clinical Pathology
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
Medical Director, Spectrum Health Gerber Laboratory
Associate Medical Director, Cytopathology, Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory
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
Board Certification: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
Special Interests: Allergy and immunology; Breast pathology

Sandra L. Cottingham, MD, PhD
Medical Director, Biorepository, Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory
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

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

Ian M. Harrold, MD
Associate Medical Director, Blood Bank
Clinical Pathology - Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine
Medical Education: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Residency: Penn State Health, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Fellowship: Blood Bank - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Board Certifications: Clinical Pathology

Elena Ivan, MD
Associate Medical Director, Hematology, Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory
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

Sheryl L. Johnson, MD
Pediatric Pathology, Pain Management
Medical Education: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Residency: University of Virginia - Psychiatry & Anatomic & Clinical Pathology
Fellowship: Pediatric Pathology: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Board Certifications: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology; Hematopathology

Vadim Khachaturov, MD
Medical Director, Spectrum Health Big Rapids Laboratory
Medical Director, Spectrum Health Reed City Laboratory
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

Paul J. Kowalski, MD
Surgical Pathology
Medical Education: Wayne State University, School of Medicine
Residency: University of Michigan Health System
Fellowship: Oncologic Pathology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Board Certification: Anatomic and Clinical 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; Breast pathology

Amir Lagstein, MD
Surgical Pathology
Medical Education: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Residency: University of Michigan Health System
Fellowships: University of Michigan, Pulmonary and Thoracic Pathology, Gynecologic Pathology
Board Certifications: Anatomic Pathology
Special Interests: Pulmonary and Gynecologic pathology

Meryem M. Langenbach, MD
Associate Medical Director, Spectrum Health 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

Nathan B. McLamb, MD
Associate Medical Director, Clinical Chemistry
Clinical Pathology
Medical Education: East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine
Residency: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard
Board Certifications: Clinical Pathology
Special Interest: Clinical Chemistry; Lab quality and utilization

Kathleen W. Montgomery, MD
Surgical Pathology
Medical Education: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Fellowship: Surgical Pathology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Board Certifications: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

Jane C. Morrison, MD
Medical Director, Spectrum Health Kelsey Laboratory
Medical Director, Spectrum Health United Laboratory
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

James C. Niewenhuis, MD
Surgical Pathology
Medical Education: Wayne State University, School of Medicine
Residency: William Beaumont Hospital
Board Certifications: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

Kristen L. Partyka, MD
Surgical Pathology; Cytopathology
Medical Education: Loyola University of Chicago Stritch
Residency: Indiana University
Fellowship: Indiana University
Board Certification: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology; Cytopathology

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
Medical Director, Health Pointe
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

Tanmay S. Shah, DO
Surgical Pathology
Medical Education: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State
Fellowship: University of Michigan Health System
Board Certification: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

Sierra C. Simmons, MD
Associate Medical Director, Blood Bank
Transfusion Medicine; Internal Medicine
Medical Education: University of Nevada
Residency: Mayo Clinic, Arizona
Fellowship: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Board Certification: Blood Banking & Transfusion Medicine; Internal Medicine

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 , Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory
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 Zeeland Laboratory
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

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

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

Katherine A. Turner
Clinical Advisor to Chemistry and Toxicology
Graduate School: Cleveland State University, Ph. D.—Clinical/Bioanalytical Chemistry
Fellowship: Clinical Chemistry, Mayo Clinic, Rochester
Special Interests: Clinical Chemistry

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