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Qihui (Jim) Zhai, MD, FACP

Welcome to the Department of Pathology and Translational Pathobiology at LSU Health Shreveport. As having responsibilities in both basic science and clinical medicine, our department serves as a bridge between the two. Our department has 16 faculty members, 13 residents, one fellow and approximately 200 administrative staff and laboratory workers, including post-docs, research assistants, medical technologists, technicians, and pathologists' assistants. For more than 50 years, this department has trained and educated researchers and healthcare professionals who have excelled nationally and internationally in academics, industry, and in the private community setting. We are located in northwest Louisiana in a city that has a vast array of cultural and recreational offerings, good schools, several colleges, and a low cost of living.

The department has a number of world class researchers. Our Research Division brings in over $4.3 million from the NIH and other funding agencies placing our department in the top 75th percentile in the United States. They participate in both basic research, translational research, and clinical trials. They have also been active in the COVID-19 pandemic, participating in the creation of the Emerging Viral Threat (EVT) Laboratory, making LSU Health Shreveport one of the first medical school labs to institute COVID-19 testing in this region. The department’s research leadership was also vital in establishing our Center of Excellence for Cardiovascular Diseases and Science (CCDS) and the NIH-funded Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) for Redox Biology and Cardiovascular Disease.

We participate in medical education at all levels. The Department of Pathology and Translational Pathobiology is instrumental in teaching medical students the basic sciences and during their clinical clerkships, as well as providing resident and fellowship training. We also assist in the training of medical technology students in our School of Allied Health Professionals Physicians’ Assistant program, Pathologists’ Assistant program and graduate students in our School of Graduate Studies. We are very proud of our resident and fellow training as our residents score exceptionally well, scoring higher than the national mean on the Resident In-Service Exam (RISE). 100% of our residents pass the board exam for certification by The American Board of Pathology on their first attempt. Our residents also secure highly competitive positions in fellowship programs throughout the United States.

100% Board Pass Rate for the past 10+ years.

Our department has a long history of providing outstanding pathology patient services, both in anatomical pathology and clinical pathology locally, regionally, and nationally. Our clinical laboratories are all accredited by CLIA, CAP and AABB. Recently, our School and our department affiliated with the Ochsner Health System. The Ochsner LSU Health System of North Louisiana is an innovative and quality driven healthcare provider in the region. As a team, we will be able to continue the high value of care to our patients and expand our quality services to the region.

We are fortunate to have a team of highly skilled, talented, and dedicated pathologists in our department. Our invaluable team of pathologists covers all facets of pathology, including general surgical pathology, cytology, forensic pathology, hematopathology, microbiology, transfusion medicine, chemistry, molecular pathology, and informatics. Boarded subspecialists include the areas of cytopathology, hematopathology, neuropathology, forensic pathology, molecular pathology, transfusion medicine, dermatopathology and medical informatics. We also have fellowship-trained pathologists and pathologists with special expertise, all with vast experience in soft tissue and bone pathology, pulmonary pathology, GI-liver pathology, transplant pathology renal pathology, and GU pathology.

The faculty at LSU Health Shreveport's Department of Pathology and Translational Pathobiology are regarded nationally and internationally as experts in medical education, research, and clinical services. They have a dedication to and passion for timely and innovative research and the highest level of patient care. Our faculty offer a supportive  environment for educating and mentoring future healthcare workers, researchers, and leaders in our profession. Please take time to read more about us as we continue to strive for excellence.


Train with Us
Join our supportive environment and work closely with our faculty while you train in one of our specialized programs.
► Anatomic & Clinical Pathology Residency
 Cytopathology Fellowship
 Renal & Genitourinary Pathology Fellowship
 Pathology Graduate Program, PhD


Contact Us

Business Manager
Tremendous Carroll
Phone: (318) 675-5860

Project Manager  
Amy Crooks
Phone: (318) 675-4557   


Academic Coordinator
Angela Davis
Phone: (318) 675-4900

Residency Administrator
Kix Hutchins
Phone: (318) 675-7822

Outreach Services
Winston Hooker, MHA
Phone: (318) 675-5869 

Outreach Coordinator
Marx James
Phone: (318) 675-8475
Fax:(318) 675-7514

Research Coordinator
Mary Lyle
Phone: (318) 675-5861

Patient Client Services
Phone: (318) 675-5918
Fax: (318) 675-4568

Outreach Services

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At LSU Health Shreveport, we offer a wide variety of consultative services in both Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. If you don’t find what you need on our website please contact us. Pathology Central Receiving: (888) 252-3902

Our Divisions

Our Anatomic Pathology Division and Clinical Pathology Division technical and administrative personnel are not only knowledgeable but highly experienced in their area of expertise and embrace a team approach to quality care, education, and research.

Many of our clinical faculty members are leaders in their fields and enjoy national and international reputations. They participate in key national committees and serve in leadership roles in major national and international medical societies. They are truly engaged in the advancement of medical knowledge. Their publication record is excellent and they actively involve trainees in their research projects.

Anatomic Pathology

Anatomic Pathology has a diverse list of specialties and over 25 full-time faculty members. Diagnostic consensus sign out conferences multiple times per week provide the framework for diagnostic excellence in the many subspecialty areas. 

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Hematology Pathology

Hematology studies the blood and blood-forming tissues to evaluate presence of disease and assist in therapeutic interventions as clinically indicated. LSU Health Shreveport has highly qualified technical staff to assist you with any question in this area.

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Molecular Pathology

Molecular Pathology is the study of disease and chromosomal abnormalities at the molecular level to aid in diagnosis and therapeutic intervention of disease processes. The three areas of testing include genetics, hematopathology, and infectious disease. 

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Clinical Pathology

Clinical Pathology has eight full time subspecialty trained and Board Certified Faculty. Oversight is provided for our Hematopathology, Wet Hematology,  Coagulation, Flow Cytometry, Blood Bank,  Apheresis, Routine and Special Chemistry and Point of Care, Lab Information, Microbiology, Virology, Parasitology, Cytogenetics, and Molecular Genetics Services.

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Pathology Research

The Research Division in Pathology and Translational Pathobiology includes six tenure-track and two research-track scientists with research programs focused on the major causes of human disability and death, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and metabolic diseases. 

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Latest Department News    

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Dr. Qihui "Jim" Zhai, MD, FACP has been named Professor and Chair of Pathology and Translational Pathobiology and the holder of the Albert G and Harriet G Smith Endowment in Pathology at LSU Health Shreveport. He will also serve as Chief of Pathology at the Ochsner LSU Health System. Dr. Zhai will assume his new role on August 1.

Read More about LSUHS Welcomes Dr. Qihui “Jim” Zhai as Pathology & Translational Pathobiology Chair
LSUHS Renal pathology faculty published a chapter on Light chain proximal tubulopathy or LCPT in the largest pathology online resource: Pathology Outlines

LCPT is a rare type of renal disease characterized by accumulation of nephrotoxic monoclonal light chains, usually in crystalline form, within kidney tubules. The disease is usually associated with some form of light chain-producing monoclonal disease (for example, multiple myeloma or B-cell lymphoma) and usually presents as acute or chronic renal failure along with acidosis and significant protein in the urine.

Read More about LSUHS Renal pathology faculty published a chapter on Light chain proximal tubulopathy or LCPT in the largest pathology online resource: Pathology Outlines (opens in new window/tab)
LSUHS Postdoctoral Fellow receives Award from American Heart Association

Mabruka Alfaidi, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in Pathology at LSU Health Shreveport, has been selected as a recipient of an American Heart Association Career Development Award. This prestigious award supports highly promising healthcare and academic professionals in the early years of their career by funding innovative research and training to assure the future success of the awardee as a cardiovascular independent scientist.

Read More about LSUHS Postdoctoral Fellow receives Award from American Heart Association

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Louisiana State University Health Shreveport (LSUHS) strives to cultivate a diverse and inclusive culture that supports equity, acceptance, and respect for the differences in others. The institution is committed to achieving excellence in fulfilling its mission by utilizing the rich talents of individuals who contribute different backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to the work and learning environment and who reflect the varied populations of Louisiana. As such, the institution adopts a definition of diversity that embraces a broad spectrum of human expression and characteristics that include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, gender/gender identity, social and cultural attributes, abilities, sexual orientation, religion, rural or metropolitan background, military or veteran status, and age. In addition, diversity also includes life experiences, record of service, and other talents and personal attributes that enhance the work and learning atmosphere. LSUHS is dedicated to building an inclusive and diverse community through the recruitment, enrollment, hiring, and retention/graduation of students, faculty, staff, and leadership who meet this definition of diversity.


Pathology and Translational Pathobiology

Training and Educating Researchers and Healthcare Professionals for more than 50 Years

Pathology and Translational Pathobiology

Dedicated to Timely and Innovative Research

Pathology and Translational Pathobiology

Highly Skilled and Dedicated Pathologists covering all facets of Pathology