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Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

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Akron Children's has a full-service laboratory, offering tests ranging from routine chemistry screens, blood cell counts and microbiology cultures to those requiring sophisticated instruments and techniques. The tests, while geared to children, can be performed on specimens from any age patient.

Akron Children's lab is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), the FDA (Blood Bank) and holds a CLIA Certificate. Staffed by more than 100 medical technologists, administrators, secretaries and pathologists, our lab performs more than 300,000 tests each year.

Our laboratories for cytogenetics, molecular diagnostic (DNA), virology and electron microscopy, as well as our neuropathology and fetal pathology services, are the only ones of their kind among area hospitals and serve as regional referral centers.

Our chemistry lab offers a blood lead level test, a required health screen, which is especially geared for children. Our DNA lab's LightCycler is an automated system for using DNA probes to detect infectious diseases and genetic disorders.

Many sections of the lab participate in medical research, new product development, and the evaluation of new tests and techniques.

Akron Children's Pathology Department also plays an important role in medical education. Our staff developed the pathology curriculum at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). We also offer a one-year pediatric pathology fellowship training program, which is accredited by the American College of Graduate Medical Education.


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Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Main Hospital Building
214 West Bowery Street
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-3226
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Jennifer Baccon
Jennifer Baccon, MD, PhD, MHCM

Chair, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; President-elect for the Association for Academic Pathology; Medical Director of Value Analysis in Supply Chain


Jay Brock, PhD, HCLD(ABB), CC, MA

Director, Clinical Laboratories; Medical Director, Molecular Pathology

Carmen Julius, MD

Medical Director, Blood Bank Laboratory
Director, Mahoning Valley Laboratory
Staff Pathologist

Matthew Keisling, DO

Medical Director, Anatomic Pathology; Pathologist

Christopher Klonk, MD

Medical Director, Blood Bank; Pathologist

Melissa Stalling, DO, MS

Medical Director, Hematology; Pathologist

Mark Steele, MD

Medical Director, Coagulation; Pathologist

Ilka Warshawsky, MD, PhD

Medical Director, Molecular Diagnostics

Yelena Wilson, DO



Medical Director, Cytogenetics

Xiaotian Zheng, PhD

Medical Director, Microbiology

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