Clinical Laboratories

All laboratories are located on the 3rd Floor of Ruby Memorial Hospital unless stated otherwise.

Cellular Therapy Laboratory

Director: Aaron Shmookler, MD
Phone: 304-598-3221

For almost 30 years since its inception the FACT-JACIE Accredited Bone Marrow Processing Laboratory has comprehensively supported the Osborn Hematopoietic Malignancy and Transplantation Program at West Virginia University Hospitals in Morgantown. We process hematopoietic stem cells derived from bone marrow harvests, apheresis and umbilical cord blood collections originating from autologous and allogeneic donors. Some of our allogeneic donors participate in the National Marrow Donor Program®. We also work with Novartis in preparing CAR-T cell therapy, KymriahTM (CTL019), as an exciting new treatment for cancer patients.

Clinical Chemistry & Special Chemistry

Director: Danyel Tacker, PhD
Phone: 304-598-4243 | 304-598-4232 (Lab)
Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week

The Clinical Chemistry section provides 24/7 emergency and routine diagnostic testing of blood, urine, and other body fluids for WVUH patients. The section also provides outreach chemistry testing for regional physician offices, clinics, and hospitals. Our newly expanded menu in the central laboratory covers metabolic panels, basic lipid assessments, therapeutic drug monitoring, medical-use toxicology screens, tumor, endocrine, & cardiac markers, and hepatitis & HIV serology screens. Please visit our laboratory test catalog (wvuh.testcatalog.org) for more information about test availability.

The Special Chemistry section provides diagnostic testing for WVUH patients as well as outreach testing for regional physician offices, clinics, and hospitals. Our continuously expanding menu in the special chemistry section covers routine automated infectious serology, esoteric endocrine, allergy, connective tissue disease, immunology testing. Serum & urine protein profiling, and monoclonal protein identification & typing for oncology are performed at the electrophoresis station. Vitamin assessments and special therapeutic drug monitoring tests are performed at our two mass spectrometry stations. Please visit our laboratory test catalog for more information about test availability.

Molecular Diagnostics

Director: Matthew Smolkin, MD
Phone: 304-293-3404 | 304-598-4237 (Lab)
Hours: 8am-5pm, Mon-Fri

Cytogenics Laboratory

Director: Ramakrishnan Sasi, PhD
Phone: 304-293-0446 | 304-293-2524 (Lab)
Location: HSC South 2335
Hours: Mon-Fri : 8am-4:30pm | Sat : 8am-2pm

This section is responsible for chromosome karyotype analysis for perinatal, oncologic and familial studies involving inherited and developmental abnormalities. A variety of complex screening procedures for these diseases is offered on site and through referral laboratories. Requests for cytogenetic analysis may be made by consulting the Director or the Technical Specialist of this section. When these services are required after hours, a technologist can be contacted through specimen processing at 598-4225.

Hematopathology

Director: Jeff Vos, MD
Phone: 304-293-0197 | 304-598-4230 (Lab)
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

This laboratory contains three major sections: hematology, coagulation, and body fluid analysis. The hematology section is mostly involved with the cells found in blood and in the diagnosis of diseases, which affect those cells. The basic blood count, white blood cell differential and platelet count are offered, along with more specialized tests and stains which can be helpful in the diagnosis of anemia, leukemia, and other white blood cell and platelet diseases.

The coagulation section offers the basic testing such as the Prothrombin Time and Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time, as well as more specialized testing for coagulation inhibitors, coagulation factor deficiencies, and functional platelet defects. Consultations with the medical director of the hematology laboratory are available for difficult diagnostic cases.

The body fluid section covers urinalysis and examination of other body fluids. Several chemical tests of urine are available in this laboratory. In addition, the formed elements of urine and other body fluids can be examined. Body fluids can come from any space or potential space in the body, but most commonly involve urine, semen, CSF, pleural fluid, peritoneal fluid, synovial fluid, and pericardial fluid.

Although certain tests (e.g. blood count, PT) are available 24 hours a day, other test are available only during regular week day working hours and other tests are only available with prior scheduling with the hematology laboratory. Please refer to the alphabetical listing of laboratory testing to determine if scheduling is required. Some specimens degrade with time and cannot even be collected during off-hours.

Flow Cytomerty

Director: Jeff Vos, MD
Phone: 304-293-0197 | 304-598-4237 (Lab)
Technical Specialist: Annie August, MT (ASCP)
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Microbiology

Director: Roco Lasala, MD
Phone: 304-598-4802 | 304-598-4234 (Lab)
Hours: 7am-10:30pm, 7 days a week

The section of clinical microbiology at WVU provides laboratory support for investigations into the causes and complications of infectious diseases. Services include aerobic and anaerobic bacteriology, mycobacteriology, mycology and parasitology. The laboratory performs direct microscopic analyses, culture and phenotypic identifications, antigen detection, serologic assays, bacterial and fungal antibiotic susceptibility testing as well as laboratory data interpretation through its consultative service.

The laboratory collaborates closely with the Section of Infectious Disease, Clinical Pharmacy and the WVUH Programs for Infection Control, Antimicrobial Stewardship and Information Technology to establish relevant antibiotic susceptibility profiles, to monitor nosocomial infections and utilization of antimicrobial therapies, and to evaluate epidemiologic shifts of infectious agents within the institution and surrounding community.

Specimen Processing

Director: Peter Perrotta, MD
Phone: 304-598-4241 | 304-598-4225 (Lab)
Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week

This is the area of the Clinical Laboratories where all specimen and requisitions are received, checked for completeness and processed for distribution to the individual laboratory sections. The receipt of specimens from the pneumatic tube, phlebotomist, and couriers; initial computer entry of demographic information and specimen referral to and from outside laboratories occur here. The central laboratory’s phlebotomy area is located adjacent to this area.

The laboratory assistant in processing will receive inquiries for status and results of tests. Medical/technical questions will be referred to the appropriate laboratory directors and technologists.

Blood Bank & Transfusion Services

Director: Aaron Shmookler, MD
Phone: 304-598-4241 | 304-598-4239 (Lab)
Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week

The Transfusion Service/Blood Bank is an AABB and CAP Accredited facility that provides comprehensive transfusion support for patients of West Virginia University Hospitals in Morgantown. Some specific clinical programs that regularly have unique transfusion needs and utilize our services include Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center (an American College of Surgeons nationally-verified Level 1 trauma center), Osborn Hematopoietic Malignancy and Transplantation Program, and Heart and Vascular Institute. We routinely provide a variety of red cell and plasma products, platelets, cryoprecipitate, clotting factor concentrates, and Rh immune globulin. Also readily available are modified blood products with use of our irradiator and blood cell washers as well as pediatric and neonatal aliquots. Pre-transfusing testing, including red cell and platelet antibody screening and crossmatching, is performed on state-of-the-art, automated, solid-phase testing equipment. Clinical criteria for transfusion of blood components and products are reviewed, monitored, and audited by Blood Bank staff and the hospital’s Blood Utilization Committee. For specific indications, special components and services are available upon consultation with the Blood Bank director or on-call pathologist.

We are dually supplied by ITxMSM and American Red Cross. ITxMSM provides a blood donation program and therapeutic phlebotomy service twice per month at University Town Centre in Morgantown.