Anatomic Pathology

Vijayalakshmi (Viju) Ananthanarayanan, M.B.B.S, M.D., FCAP

Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Pathology Director, Anatomic Pathology University of Illinois at ChicagoPathology
Work Phone: (312) 413-5972 Work Fax: (312) 996-9574
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Biographical Info

Dr. Vijayalakshmi “Viju” Ananthanarayanan is the Director of Anatomic Pathology at UI Health. She is a surgical pathologist with fellowship training in thoracic pathology. Dr. Ananthanarayanan’s clinical interests are cancerous and non-cancerous diseases of the lung and pleura. These include providing diagnosis and prognostic information on lung cancer, pleural malignancies and mediastinal/thymic tumors. She also has a keen clinical interest in non-neoplastic diseases of the lung such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, smoking-related interstitial lung disease, connective tissue disorder-related lung disease, cystic lung diseases, and sarcoidosis. With over 10 years of clinical practice, she also provides expertise in head and neck pathologies, including diagnosing and prognostication of head and neck cancers, oropharyngeal cancers, salivary gland cancers, and thyroid malignancies.

Clinical Focus

  • Head and Neck Cancer Surgery
  • Pathology
  • Pulmonary and Critical Care
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Disease
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Mesothelioma

Research Interests:

Interstitial Lung Disease and Lung Transplant Pathology
Thoracic malignancies
Salivary gland neoplasms
Head and Neck Tumors
Infectious disease
Educational and QA/QI projects


1998     Bachelor of medicine and Bachelor of surgery (M.B.B.S)

Topiwala National Medical College, University of Mumbai, India

2001     Doctor of Medicine, Pathology (M.D.)

Tata Memorial Hospital, University of Mumbai, India


Post-Graduate Training:


 2009-2010  Resident Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

George Washington University, Washington D.C.


2010-2013   Resident Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois



2013-2014    Thoracic/Surgical Pathology

University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois


Board Certification:

2017 –   State of Illinois Medical License

2017     Board Certification in Anatomic Pathology


Awards and Honors:

1992-1993 G.P.Nair’s Prize for the best student in human embryology

Topiwala National Medical College

1992-1993 S.B.Parchure’s award (jointly shared) for the best student in

Physiology Second place

Topiwala National Medical College

1993-1995  V.G.Rele’s Scholarship for the best student in Pharmacology

Topiwala National Medical College

1993-1995  Dongarshi A.Karla’s award for the best student

Topiwala National Medical College

1995-1997  Snehalrani Ranade award for securing highest marks in Obstetrics

and Gynecology Second place, Melarani Jaigopal Award

Topiwala National Medical College

2001-        Gold Medal for securing the first place amongst all pathology residents

University of Mumbai

2005         New Investigator Award from Department of Defense Prostate

Cancer Research Program (PCRP)

Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CMDRP)

2018           Teaching award, Loyola Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

2020          USCAP Honored Mentor by Dr. Swati Bhardwaj

2021          The Paul Schrekenberger Teaching Award, Pathology


Selected Recent Publications:

Categories: Anatomic Pathology, Pathology