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Top Pathologists & Professional Management Team

We are proud to have a top team of medical personnel for Laboratory Services at Virginia Hospital Center. These professionals direct our exceptional laboratory, providing you with the finest testing services in the region.


Joseph J. Buchino, DMD, MD

Joseph J. Buchino, DMD, MDDr. Buchino was named Chief of Pathology at Virginia Hospital Center in 1995. He received his medical degree from the University of Louisville, Kentucky in 1979 and did his pathology residency at the University of Louisville affiliated hospitals. He served as chief resident from 1982 to 1983. Prior to coming to Virginia, Dr. Buchino served as Chief of Pathology for hospitals in both Louisville and Bardstown Kentucky. Dr. Buchino is Board Certified in anatomic and clinical pathology. In addition, Dr. Buchino received a dental degree and a master’s degree in pharmacology from the University of Pittsburg in 1973. He has specialty training in oral pathology, forensic medicine, forensic odontology, and fine needle aspiration. He is the author of numerous publications and continues to serve on multiple medical staff committees.


Cary O. Poropatich, MD

Cary O. Poropatich, MDDr. Poropatich has been a member of the Medical Staff since 1993. She is a graduate of Penn State Medical School where she was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha. She completed her anatomic pathology residence at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and her clinical pathology residence at George Washington University where she also completed a combined surgical pathology/cytopathology fellowship. She is Board Certified in both Anatomy and Clinical Pathology. She has a special interest in transfusion medicine and microbiology and has published numerous articles in the fields of microbiology, cytology and surgical pathology. She has served on multiple hospital committees and is a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathology, United States and Canada Association of Pathology and the Arlington County Medical Society.


Stephanie Soofer, MD

Stephanie Soofer, MDDr. Soofer joined the Pathology Department of Virginia Hospital Center in May 2000. She has a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1992, and was elected to membership in Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Soofer moved to the Washington area for a pathology residency at Georgetown University, where she served a Chief Resident and completed a Fellowship in Surgical Pathology. She then pursued a Cytopathology Fellowship at George Washington University. Dr. Soofer became an Assistant Professor of Pathology at the George Washington University after completing her Cytopathology Fellowship, where she remained until coming to Virginia Hospital Center. Dr. Soofer is Board Certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology with subspecialty Boards in Cytopathology. She oversees Cytopathology and runs an active Fine Needle Aspiration Clinic at the Virginia Hospital Center, as well as signing out Surgical Pathology, and various duties in the Clinical Lab. She is on several Committees and is the Chairperson of the weekly Tumor Board Conference.

Ann K. Fulenwider, MD

Ann K. Fulenwider, MDDr. Fulenwider is Board Certified in anatomic and Clinical Pathology with over 21 years of experience. She served as Chairman of the Pathology Department at Potomac Hospital for 10 years prior to becoming affiliated with Virginia Hospital Center. She has served on multiple Medical Staff Committees and on the Potomac Hospital Medical Executive Committee. She has served as Medical Examiner for both Fairfax and Prince William Counties. Dr. Fulenwider received a degree from Emory University prior to attending medical school at the University of Miami..

I-Tien Yeh, MD

I-Tien Yeh, MDDr. Yeh recently joined the Virginia Hospital Center Pathology group from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) where she was a Tenured Professor and Director of Pathology Core Laboratory for the Cancer Therapy and Research Center at UTHSCSA. She graduated from medical school at the University of Arkansas, and then subsequently completed her residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the George Washington University. She is boarded in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Cytopathology. She has served on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and practiced at Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington, PA. Dr. Yeh has presented at national and international meetings and has published extensively on cancer topics, particularly relating to Breast Pathology.


Kathryn J. Villa, MD

Dr. Villa joined the Virginia Hospital Center Pathology group in June, 2012. She earned a BA in biochemistry at the University of Colorado. Subsequently, she earned her medical degree from George Washington University, graduating with distinction. She was also elected to membership of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Dr. Villa completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Johns Hopkins University, where she served as Chief Resident. Subsequently, she completed a fellowship in General Surgical Pathology. Dr. Villa is Board Certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.


Gregory T Ray, MD, PhD

Dr. Gregory RayDr. Ray joined the Virginia Hospital Center Pathology group in July, 2012. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Chemistry. He then received a PhD in Chemistry from Stanford University. He moved on to receive his MD from Duke University School of Medicine; he stayed at Duke and completed his residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. Dr. Ray completed fellowships in Molecular Genetic Pathology and Surgical Pathology at the University of North Carolina Hospitals. He practiced in New York before completing a Hematopathology fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital. He’s Board Certified in Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology and Hematopathology.



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