The Division of Cardiovascular Pathology provides comprehensive diagnostic expertise on cardiac and vascular disorders.

The division supports one of the highest volume cardiac transplantation centers in the country and evaluates some of the most complex and unique specimens within a tertiary academic setting. A wide range of services, ranging from standard histology evaluation of tissue to specialized immunohistochemical, immunofluorescent, molecular and electron microscopy evaluations are performed.  Our mission is to deliver the best possible patient care, to advance the field of cardiovascular pathology through scholarly activities at the national and international levels, and to train future leaders in our specialty. 

The Division accepts prepared slides, processed or fresh tissue for expert consultation and, when necessary, additional testing. Please see the link below for information on submitting specimens for consultation or second opinion.


Carolyn Glass, MD, PhD, initially trained as a vascular surgeon with a focus on endovascular/interventional procedures through the Integrated Vascular Surgery Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center. After receiving her PhD in the areas of genomics and epigenetics, she subsequently completed residency in Anatomic Pathology and a Cardiothoracic Pathology fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Glass was mentored by Drs. Gayle Winters, Richard Mitchell and Fred Schoen, distinguished cardiovascular pathologists at BWH/Harvard, who were instrumental in defining the International Society Heart and Lung Transplant Criteria for cardiac transplant rejection, and numerous other seminal contributions to the field of cardiac pathology. Glass received the Society of Cardiovascular Pathology (SCVP) Young Investigator’s Award; the William von Liebig Vascular Biology Research Fellowship at the Harvard Institutes of Medicine; and has authored numerous publications and national presentations in cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular surgery. She has active collaborations with the Duke Departments of Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Electrical Engineering/Computer Science.