Helen P. Cathro, M.B.Ch.B., M.P.H.

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Helen P. Cathro, M.B.Ch.B., M.P.H.

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Helen P. Cathro, M.B.Ch.B., M.P.H. 
Associate Professor of Pathology



Telephone: (434) 243-0873

Email: hpc4f@virgniae


Medical School:  University of Dundee, Scotland – MBChB (MD equivalent)

Graduate School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill -  MA, Public Health (Health Policy and Administration), 1993 

Internships: Kingscross Hospital, Dundee, Scotland – Infectious Disease and Respiratory Medicine intern (6 mos. 1984)

Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, England – General Surgery intern (6 mos. 1985)

Residency: University of Virginia, School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA. 1997 - 2001

Fellowships: Division of Renal Pathology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 4 month fellowship 2002

University of Virginia, School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA. Fellow in Cytopathology 2001-2002

Duke University, Durham , NC - Fellow in Anatomic Pathology 1985-1986

Armed Forces Institute of Pathology - Fellow in Cytopathology October 1999


Surgical Pathology with an interest in Soft Tissue and Genitourinary Pathology, Cytopathology and Renal Pathology


Translational research on native kidney disease, renal allograft pathology and renal carcinoma; other recent projects have involved work on a variety of topics including mesothelioma, pseudosarcomatous skin lesions and HPV genotyping of cervical infections in a Central American population.


  • Hensley JL, Sifri CD, Cathro HP, Lobo P, Sawyer RG, Brayman KL, Hackman RC, Pruett TL and Bonatti HJR. Adenoviral graft-nephritis: case report and review of the literature. Letter to the editor: Transplant International, 2009; 22(6): 672-677.

  • Cathro HP, Loya T, Dominguez F, Howe S, Howell R, Orndorff K, Moreno J, Mendez E, Fung PC, Beer NL, Allen P, Sosa AM, Gurka KK, Stoler MH, Frierson, Jr HF. HPV Profile of Women in Belize City, Belize: Correlation with Cervical Cytopathologic Findings. Epub ahead of print March 2009: Human Pathology.

  • Awad AS, Rouse M, Huang L, Vergis AL, Reutershan J, Cathro HP, Linden J and Okusa MD. Compartmentalization of neutrophils in the kidney and lung following acute ischemic kidney injury. Kidney International 2009; 75(7):689-98.

  • Jo VY, Mills SE, Cathro HP, Carlson DL, Stelow EB. Low-Grade Sinonasal Adenocarcinomas: The Association with and Distinction from Respiratory Epithelial Adenomatoid Hamartomas and Other Glandular Lesions.American Journal of Surgical Pathology 2009; 33(3):401-8.

  • Drachenberg CB, Odorico J, Demetris AJ, Arend L, Bajema IM, Bruijn JA, Cantarovich D, Cathro HP, Chapman J, Dimosthenous K et al. Banff Schema for Grading Pancreas Allograft Rejection: Working Proposal by a Multi-Disciplinary International Consensus Panel. American Journal of Transplantation 2008; 8(6): 1237-49.

  • Cathro HP and Schmitt, TM. Cytomegalovirus glomerulitis in a renal allograft. American Journal of Kidney Diseases 2008; 52(1): 188-92.


  • Weiss M., Cathro  H.P. and Mills SE  (Wick MR, Ed).  Diagnostic Histochemistry of the Male Genital System.  Diagnostic Histochemistry.  Cambridge Press, New York, NY.

  • Cathro HP, Shen SS and Truong LD (Wick MR, Ed).  Diagnostic Histochemistry of Renal and Urologic Diseases.  Diagnostic Histochemistry.  Cambridge Press, New York, NY. 

  • Mobasheri A, Cathro HP, Cobb MA, German A, Slater K, Mian S, Marples D, Martin-Vasallo P and Canessa CM (Thongboonkerd, Ed).  Applications of Tissue MicroArrays in Renal Physiology and Pathology: Combining Tissue Arrays and Proteomic To Identify and Validate Renal and Urinary Biomarkers.  In press: Renal and Urinary Proteomics: Methods and Protocols.  Wiley, VCH.


A current list of Dr. Cathro's journal publications can be obtained from PubMed.