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Russell Stephen Vang, M.D.

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  • Director, Division of Gynecologic Pathology In-house Service
  • Professor of Pathology


Gynecologic/Obstetric Pathology

Research Interests

Primary and secondary epithelial tumors of the ovary and fallopian tube; diagnostic gynecologic pathology; serous borderline tumor more


The Johns Hopkins Hospital

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Pathology, Weinberg Building, Suite 2242
Baltimore, MD 21231-2410 map
Phone: 410-955-9790


Dr. Russell Vang is Professor of Pathology and 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 co-director 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 Surgical 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. more


  • Director, Division of Gynecologic Pathology In-house Service
  • Co-Director, Gynecologic Pathology Fellowship Training Program
  • Co-Director, Gynecologic Pathology Consultation Service
  • Professor of Pathology
  • Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



  • MD; University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (1995)


  • Pathology; University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (2000)


  • Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (2001)
  • Pathology; Stanford University Medical Center (2001)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pathology (Anatomic & Clinical Pathology) (2000)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

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.

Selected Publications

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Vang R, Davidson B, Kong CS, Longacre TA, Malpica AM. Tumours of the ovary: Serous borderline tumour. In: WHO Classification of Tumours Editorial Board. Female Genital Tumours. WHO Classification of Tumours, 5th Edition. Lyon, France: International Agency for Research on Cancer, 2020:38-42

Vang R. Diseases of the fallopian tube and paratubal region. In: Kurman RJ, Ellenson LH, Ronnett BM, eds. Blaustein’s Pathology of the Female Genital Tract, 7th Edition. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2019:649-714

Vang R, Yemelyanova A, Seidman JD. Differential Diagnoses in Surgical Pathology: Gynecologic Tract. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2017

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. 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

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

Professional Activities

  • Director, Gynecologic Pathology Fellowship Training Program, 2005 - 2013
  • Editorial Board, International Journal of Gynecological Pathology
  • Editorial Board, American Journal of Surgical Pathology
  • Editorial Board, Modern Pathology
  • President, Maryland Society of Pathologists, 2010 - 2012

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