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The Department was established in 1983 as Cytopathology Division under Dr.N.Sreedevi Amma. In the initial formative years, the focus was on diagnostic cytopathology and cervical cytology screening programmes. Surgical Pathology and Haematopathology were started in 1984.



1. Dr.Elizabeth K Abraham, Professor

2. Dr. Jayasree K, Additional Professor

3. Dr. Rekha A Nair, Additional Professor

4. Dr. Anitha Mathews, Associate Professor

5. Dr. Thara Somanathan, Associate Professor

6. Dr. Nileena Nayak, Associate Professor

7. Dr. Preethi T R, Assistant Professor


1. Dr. K.Raveendran Pillai, Associate Professor

2. Dr. K.Sujathan, Assistant Professor

We have 4 sections– Surgical pathology, Cytopathology, Haematopathology and Molecular pathology.

Accredited Laboratory of Indian Academy of Cytology(IAC) for cytology screening, reporting and training. Examination centre for National cytotechnology and cytotechnician examination conducted by IAC.

Immunophenotyping was introduced in 1996. Flow cytometry immunotyping for Leukemias and other lymphoproliferative disorders was introduced in 2004.

Frozen section diagnostic expertise is also available in the department.

Molecular lab started functioning in November 2005. We are studying the role of Human papilloma virus types 16 & 18 in different cancers (oral cavity, cervix, oesophagus & lung) from Natural background radiation areas of Kerala.

Telepathology facility was established in 2004. Teleconsultation services are provided to Early Cancer Detection Centers of RCC.

Teaching / Training programmes:

WHO sponsored Trainer Trainee programmes in Cytology for Cytologists and Cytotechnologists from developing countries.

Regular Courses Conducted

No: of Seats
1 DNB course in Pathology
3yrs for MBBS & 2yrs for DCP
2 Postdoctoral Certificate Course in Oncopathology for Pathologists
1 year
3 Cytotechnologists Training Course
1 year
4 Cytotechnicians Training Course
6 months
5 Advanced Training Course in
Histotechnology for
9 months

Short-term training programmes for

1.B.Sc MLT students of other universities of Kerala.

2.MD Pathology students of all govt.medical colleges in Kerala.

Histotechnology/Immunohistochemistry hands on training to laboratory technicians.







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