Vijayalakshmi Padmanabhan, MBBS, MPH

Professor, Pathology and Immunology
Director, Anatomic Pathology Quality & Safety
Section Head, Cytopathology


  • Anatomic & Molecular Pathology

Additional Titles

  • Director, Anatomic Pathology Quality & Safety
  • Section Head, Cytopathology


  • Pathology,  PGIMER, Chandigarh, India
  • Residency, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, USA
  • Fellowship, Cytopathology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA
  • MPH: The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Lebanon, NH, USA

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
  • American Board of Cytopathology


  • Women of Excellence 2019, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA

Clinical Interests

  • Cytopathology
  • GU Pathology

Research Interests

  • Bladder cancer
  • Renal tumors
  • Medical errors
  • Cost of healthcare


Padmanabhan, V., Marshall, C.B., Akdas Barkan, G., Ghofrani, M., Laser, A., Tolgay Ocal, I., David Sturgis, C., Souers, R. and Kurtycz, D.F., (2017). Reproducibility of atypia of undetermined significance/follicular lesion of undetermined significance category using the bethesda system for reporting thyroid cytology when reviewing slides from different institutions: A study of interobserver variability among cytopathologists. Diagnostic Cytopathology, 45(5), 399-405.
Padmanabhan, V., Steinmetz, H.B., Rizzo, E.J., Erskine, A.J., Fairbank, T.L., de Abreu, F.B., Tsongalis, G.J. and Tafe, L.J., (2017). Improving adequacy of small biopsy and fine-needle aspiration specimens for molecular testing by next-generation sequencing in patients with lung cancer: a quality improvement study at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine, 141(3), 402-409.
Padmanabhan, V., Barkan, G. A., Tabatabai, L., Souers, R., Nayar, R., & Crothers, B. A. (2019). Touch imprint (TI) cytology of needle core biopsies (NCB) in pathology laboratories: A practice survey of participants in the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Non Gynecologic Cytopathology (NGC) Education Program. Diagnostic cytopathology, 47(3), 149-155.
Barkan, G. A., Tabatabai, Z. L., Kurtycz, D. F., Padmanabhan, V., Souers, R. J., Nayar, R., & Sturgis, C. D. (2020). Practice patterns in urinary cytopathology prior to the Paris System for Reporting Urinary Cytology. Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine, 144(2), 172-176.
Sun, H., Masand, R. P., Patel, S. J., & Padmanabhan, V. (2018). High grade squamous intraepithelial lesion on high‐risk HPV negative patients: Why we still need the Pap test. Diagnostic Cytopathology, 46(11), 908-913.
Sidiropoulos, N., Dumont, L. J., Golding, A. C., Quinlisk, F. L., Gonzalez, J. L., & Padmanabhan, V. (2009). Quality improvement by standardization of procurement and processing of thyroid fine-needle aspirates in the absence of on-site cytological evaluation. Thyroid, 19(10), 1049-1052.
Roth, C. G., Eldin, K. W., Padmanabhan, V., & Friedman, E. M. (2019). Twelve tips for the introduction of emotional intelligence in medical education. Medical teacher, 41(7), 746-749.
Fischer, A. H., Schwartz, M. R., Moriarty, A. T., Wilbur, D. C., Souers, R., Fatheree, L Booth, C.N., Clayton, A.C., Kurtyz, D.F., Padmanabhan, V & Crothers, B. A. (2014). Immunohistochemistry practices of cytopathology laboratories: a survey of participants in the College of American Pathologists Nongynecologic Cytopathology Education Program. Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine, 138(9), 1167-1172.
Crothers, B.A., Darragh, T.M., Tambouret, R.H., Nayar, R., Barkan, G.A., Zhao, C., Booth, C.N., Padmanabhan, V., Tabatabai, Z.L., Souers, R.J. and Thomas, N., 2016. Trends in cervical cytology screening and reporting practices: results from the College of American Pathologists 2011 PAP Education Supplemental Questionnaire. Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, 140(1), pp.13-21.
Padmanabhan, V., Callas, P. W., Li, S. C., & Trainer, T. D. (2003). Histopathological features of the terminal ileum in lymphocytic and collagenous colitis: a study of 32 cases and review of literature. Modern pathology, 16(2), 115-119.

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