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Russell Stephen Vang, M.D.
Director, Division of Gynecologic Pathology In-house Service
Professor of Pathology
Expertise: Gynecologic/Obstetric Pathology
Research Interests: Primary and secondary epithelial tumors of the ovary and fallopian tube
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Dr. Russell Vang is Professor of Pathology and Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His area of clinical expertise is gynecologic pathology. Dr. Vang serves as the director of the Division of Gynecologic Pathology In-house Service, and he is also a member of the Gynecologic Pathology Consultation Service.
He earned his M.D. from the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Vang completed his residency in Pathology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Additional training included fellowships at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (Gynecologic & Breast Pathology) and Stanford University Medical Center (Surgical Pathology).
Dr. Vang's research interests include primary and secondary epithelial tumors of the ovary and Fallopian tube.
He serves on the editorial boards of Modern Pathology, American Journal of Clinical Pathology, and International Journal of Gynecological Pathology. He has been recognized by the International Society of Gynecological Pathologists with the Robert E. Scully Young Investigator Award. Dr. Vang is a member of several professional organizations, including the International Society of Gynecological Pathologists and the Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists.
- Director, Division of Gynecologic Pathology In-house Service
- Co-director, Gynecologic Pathology Fellowship Training Program
- Professor of Pathology
- Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
- MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (1995)
- University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston / Pathology (2000)
- Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (2001)
- Stanford University Medical Center / Pathology (2001)
- American Board of Pathology / Anatomic & Clinical Pathology (2000)
Research & Publications
Dr. Vang’s research interests include clinicopathologic and immunohistochemical studies of ovarian tumors, particularly epithelial and sex cord-stromal types. Currently, he is in the process of investigating serous borderline tumors of the ovary (atypical proliferative serous tumor and non-invasive low-grade [micropapillary] serous carcinoma) using a large population-based cohort from Denmark. This has been an on-going project for over 10 years. Some of the clinical and epidemiologic studies from this cohort are now published, and the corresponding pathology and molecular studies are currently in progress. It is hoped that they will clarify the behavior of serous borderline tumors (especially the micropapillary types) and tumors with extra-ovarian implants. Other research interests have included serous tubal intraepithelial carcinoma of the fallopian tube and metastatic carcinomas involving the ovary. Lastly, a book on differential diagnosis in gynecologic pathology is presently in preparation.
Selected PublicationsView all on Pubmed
VandenBussche CJ, Ali SZ, Rosenthal DL, Vang R. Atlas of Gynecologic Cytopathology with Histopathologic Correlations. New York, NY: Demos Medical Publishing, 2015.
Vang R, Ronnett BM. Metastatic and miscellaneous primary tumors of the ovary. In: Nucci MR, Oliva E, eds. Gynecologic Pathology, 2nd Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier (In Press).
Vang R, Cheung ANY, Kommoss F, Matias-Guiu X, Ronnett BM, Young RH. Tumours of the ovary: Secondary tumours. In: Kurman RJ, Carcangiu ML, Herrington CS, Young RH, eds. WHO Classification of Tumours of Female Reproductive Organs, 4th Edition. Lyon, France: IARC Press, 2014:83-86.
Vang R, Wheeler JE. Diseases of the fallopian tube and paratubal region. In: Kurman RJ, Ellenson LH, Ronnett BM, eds. Blaustein's Pathology of the Female Genital Tract, 6th Edition. New York, NY: Springer, 2011:529-78.
Talerman A, Vang R. Germ cell tumors of the ovary. In: Kurman RJ, Ellenson LH, Ronnett BM, eds. Blaustein's Pathology of the Female Genital Tract, 6th Edition. New York, NY: Springer, 2011:847-908.
Talerman A, Vang R. Non-specific tumors of the ovary, including mesenchymal tumors. In: Kurman RJ, Ellenson LH, Ronnett BM, eds. Blaustein's Pathology of the Female Genital Tract, 6th Edition. New York, NY: Springer, 2011:909-28.
Vang R, Ronnett BM. A practical approach to mucinous tumors involving the ovary: distinction of primary from metastatic tumors and prediction of site of origin for metastases of uncertain origin. Pathol Case Rev 2006;11:18-30.
Vang R, Levine DA, Soslow RA, Zaloudek C, Shih IM, Kurman RJ. Molecular alterations of TP53 are a defining feature of ovarian high-grade serous carcinoma: a re-review of cases lacking TP53 mutations in The Cancer Genome Atlas Ovarian study. Int J Gynecol Pathol (In Press)
Banet N, Gown AM, Shih IeM, Kay Li Q, Roden RB, Nucci MR, Cheng L, Przybycin CG, Nasseri-Nik N, Wu LS, Netto GJ, Ronnett BM, Vang R. GATA-3 expression in trophoblastic tissues: an immunohistochemical study of 445 cases, including diagnostic utility. Am J Surg Pathol 2015;39:101-8.
Vang R, Shih IM, Kurman RJ. Fallopian tube precursors of ovarian low- and high-grade serous neoplasms. Histopathology 2013;62:44-58.
Activities & Honors
- John Hill Brinton Award, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and American Registry of Pathology, 2004
- Robert E. Scully Young Investigator Award, International Society of Gynecological Pathologists, 2007
- Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists
- International Society of Gynecological Pathologists
- United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology
- Director, Gynecologic Pathology Fellowship Training Program, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2005 - 2013
- Editorial Board, International Journal of Gynecological Pathology
- Editorial Board, Amerian Jounral of Clinical Pathology
- Editorial Board, Modern Pathology
- President, Maryland Society of Pathologists, 2010 - 2012