Renal Pathology


The primary function of a renal pathologist is to interpret the biopsy tissue in the clinical context, taking laboratory test results into account in the final interpretation. The pathologist also ensures that the specimen procured is adequate and representative and assures appropriate processing. The pathologist/assistant triages the biopsy material to optimally utilize it for testing for light, immunofluorescence and electron microscopy. The pathologist also interacts with clinicians to communicate critical information which ensures that patients receive optimal care.


  • Clinical services include examination of native and transplant renal tissue for diagnosis and support of the mission of clinical departments including Nephrology, Transplant surgery and Pediatric Nephrology.  We perform our services in close collaboration with multiple other departmental units including but not limited to Clinical Chemistry, Molecular Pathology, Histocompatibility and Transfusion Medicine. In addition to histologic diagnosis we perform special testing using immunocytochemistry, immunofluorescence microscopy and in situ hybridization.
  • Academic and educational activities include teaching nephropathology and transplant pathology to pathology, nephrology and  transplant surgery fellows, residents and medical students during nephropathology rotations, conferences and lectures.
  • Research activities include extensive collaboration with a number of other departments and programs, including Transplant Medicine, Transplant Surgery, Nephrology and Pediatric Nephrology. The main research areas are diabetic nephropathy, Fourier transformed infrared microscopy for assessment of diabetic nephropathy and fibrosis, rejection and the effects of metabolic changes on renal carcinogenesis.

Native Renal Pathology

Light, Immunofluorescence and Electron Microscopy of the Kidney

Transplant Renal Pathology

Tubulitis and interstitial inflammation is present in acute T-cell mediated rejection
C4d is positive in the peritubular capillaries in acute antibody- mediated rejection

Art by Danielle Dobbs

Laboratory Director

Suman Setty, M.D., Ph.D.
Phone: 312-996-3878
Fax:     312-996-1346

Laboratory Supervisor

Javier Sedillo, B.S.

Contact Information:

Phone: 312-413-7671
Fax: 312-413-1346
Address: Anatomic Pathology Laboratory
University of Illinois Hospital, Rm 3114A
1740 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60612

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm