Helen P. Cathro, M.B.Ch.B., M.P.H.

Professor of Pathology


Telephone: (434) 243-0873
Email: hpc4f@virginia.edu


Medical School: University of Dundee, Scotland – MBChB (MD equivalent)
Graduate School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill –  MA, Public Health (Health Policy and Administration), 1993
Internships: Kingscross Hospital, Dundee, Scotland – Infectious Disease and Respiratory Medicine intern (6 mos. 1984)
Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, England – General Surgery intern (6 mos. 1985)
Residency: University of Virginia, School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA. 1997 – 2001
Fellowships: Division of Renal Pathology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 4 month fellowship 2002
University of Virginia, School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA. Fellow in Cytopathology 2001-2002
Duke University, Durham , NC – Fellow in Anatomic Pathology 1985-1986
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology – Fellow in Cytopathology October 1999


Surgical Pathology with an interest in Soft Tissue and Genitourinary Pathology, Cytopathology and Renal Pathology


Translational research on native kidney disease, renal allograft pathology and renal carcinoma; other recent projects have involved work on a variety of topics including mesothelioma, pseudosarcomatous skin lesions and HPV genotyping of cervical infections in a Central American population.


  • Cathro HP, Kowalik CG, Jensen D, Culp SH, Steers WD, Krupski TL: Lower urinary tract symptom improvement after radical prostatectomy correlates with degree of prostatic inflammation. Urology 2014, 83:186-190. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24246320. DOI: 10.1016/j.urology.2013.07.080.
  • Cathro HP, Bullock GC, Bonatti H, Meriden Z, Cook S, Aguilera N: Post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders are not associated with IgG4 sclerosing disease. Transpl Infect Dis 2014, 16:897-903.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25298125. DOI: 10.1111/tid.12300.
  • Cathro HP, Legallo RD, LaFortune KA, Chikwava KR, Faria P, Geller JI, Dome JS, Mullen EA, Gratias EJ, Dehner LP, Hill DA: DICER1 mutations in childhood cystic nephroma and its relationship to DICER1-renal sarcoma. Mod Pathol 2014, 27:1267-1280. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24481001. DOI: 10.1038/modpathol.2013.242.
  • Cathro HP, King AL, Gallon L, Brayman KL, Mas VR: Evaluation of molecular profiles in calcineurin inhibitor toxicity post-kidney transplant: input to chronic allograft dysfunction. Am J Transplant 2014, 14:1152-1163. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24698514. DOI: 10.1111/ajt.12696.
  • Cathro H, Lee JK, Gehrau RC, Brayman KL, Gallon L, Mas VR: The urine microRNA profile may help monitor post-transplant renal graft function. Kidney Int 2014, 85:439-449. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24025639. DOI: 10.1038/ki.2013.338.
  • Cathro HP: Lymphoepithelioma-like carcinoma of the penis: association with human papilloma virus infection. Histopathology 2014, 64:312-315.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24117963. DOI: 10.1111/his.12248.
  • Cathro HP: Histologic and immunohistochemical assessment of penile carcinomas in a North American population. Am J Surg Pathol 2014, 38:1340-1348.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25210933. DOI: 10.1097/PAS.0000000000000124.
  • Cathro HP, Cook SL, McCartney CR, Weiss GR: Doege-Potter syndrome presenting with hypoinsulinemic hypoglycemia in a patient with a malignant extrapleural solitary fibrous tumor: a case report. J Med Case Rep 2013, 7:11. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23302323. DOI: 10.1186/1752-1947-7-11.
  • Cathro HP, Gaskin F, Fu SM: Cgnz1 allele confers kidney resistance to damage preventing progression of immune complex-mediated acute lupus glomerulonephritis. J Exp Med 2013, 210:2387-2401. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24101379. DOI: 10.1084/jem.20130731.
  • Cathro HP: Analysis of immunohistochemical stain usage in different pathology practice settings. Am J Clin Pathol 2012, 138:831-836. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23161717. DOI: 10.1309/AJCPAGVTCKDXKK0X.
  • Cathro HP: Weber-Christian disease associated with the tip variant of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis: a case report. Ultrastruct Pathol 2012, 36:415-418.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23216240. DOI: 10.3109/01913123.2012.736459.
  • Cathro H, Bhola V, Ballenger FJ, Rosner MH: Proteinuria in a patient with diabetes. Kidney Int 2011, 79:793-794. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21403657. DOI: 10.1038/ki.2010.549.


  • Weiss M., Cathro  H.P. and Mills SE  (Wick MR, Ed).  Diagnostic Histochemistry of the Male Genital System.  Diagnostic Histochemistry.  Cambridge Press, New York, NY.
  • Cathro HP, Shen SS and Truong LD (Wick MR, Ed).  Diagnostic Histochemistry of Renal and Urologic Diseases.  Diagnostic Histochemistry.  Cambridge Press, New York, NY.
  • Mobasheri A, Cathro HP, Cobb MA, German A, Slater K, Mian S, Marples D, Martin-Vasallo P and Canessa CM (Thongboonkerd, Ed).  Applications of Tissue MicroArrays in Renal Physiology and Pathology: Combining Tissue Arrays and Proteomic To Identify and Validate Renal and Urinary Biomarkers.  In press: Renal and Urinary Proteomics: Methods and Protocols.  Wiley, VCH.

A current list of Dr. Cathro’s journal publications can be obtained from PubMed.