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    Anatomic Pathology
    Room F124-6, Grady Memorial Hospital
    Atlanta, GA 30303
    404 616-3164 Phone

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    George G. Birdsong, MD

    Cytopathology
    Surgical Pathology

    Professor
    Pathology & Laboratory Medicine


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    Other Appointments/Positions

    Director of Anatomic Pathology, Grady Health System


    Pathology Division(s):
    Anatomic Pathology


    Email Address:
    gbirdso@emory.edu


    Education:

    BA   Amherst Collete, Neuroscience, 1975 - 1979

    MD   University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Dallas, TX, 1980 - 1984

    Residency   Anatomic and Clinical Pathology - Emory University Affiliated Hospitals, 1984 - 1988

    Fellowship   Emory University Affiliated Hospitals, 1988 - 1989



    Research Interests:

    - Research Overview
    I am interested in all aspects of cytopathology, and particularly quality assurance in gynecologic cytopathology. During my term as a member of the Cytopathology Resource Committee of the College of American Pathologists, I authored or co-authored several studies aimed at defining the diagnostic accuracy of the Pap test, and I have done several presentations to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee of CDC on behalf of the American Society of Cytopathology.


    - Pathology informatics



    Clinical Focus:

    At Grady Memorial Hospital, I am the Chief of Service for Anatomic Pathology. I am most heavily involved in the busy Cytopathology service, which runs 3 free-standing Fine Needle Aspiration clinics each week in addition to processing a substantial number of atypical Pap tests. I am also working toward optimizing use of the Laboratory Information System, and improving the quality assurance procedures in the department.

    Positions in national organizations -
    President, American Society of Cytopathology
    Member, Diagnostic Intelligence and Health Information Technology Committee, College of American Pathologists
    Member, Pathology Electronic Reporting Task Force, College of American Pathologists


    Honors / Awards:

    President, American Society of Cytopathology, 2005-2006

    Specialty Boards:

    1988  Anatomic and Clinical Pathology


    1989  Cytopathology


    Selected Publications:

    Published and Accepted Research Articles -

    Hanley KZ, Tadros TS, Briones AJ, Birdsong GG, Mosunjac MB. Hematologic malignancies of the female genital tract diagnosed on liquid-based Pap test: Cytomorphologic features and review of differential diagnoses. Diagn Cytopathol. 2009;37:61-7.


    Williams SL, Birdsong GG, Cohen C, Siddiqui MT. Immunohistochemical Detection of Estrogen and Progesterone Receptor and HER2 Expression in Breast Carcinomas: Comparison of Cell Block and Tissue Block Preparations. Int J Clin Exp Pathol. 2009;2:476-80


    Birdsong G, Husain M, Faison T, Ferris D, Fetterman B, Flowers L, Friedlander M, Gagnon M, Gallo LN, Medley G. Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute Document GP15-A3Cervicovaginal Cytology Based on the Papanicolaou Technique; Approved Guideline---Third Edition. 2008.


    Davey DD, Cox JT, Austin RM, Birdsong GG, Colgan TJ, Howell LP, Husain M, Darragh TM. Cervical Cytology Specimen Adequacy: Patient Management Guidelines and Optimizing Specimen Collection. (2008) Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease. 12(2):71-81.


    Spencer AL, Jones FK, Birdsong GG, Bumpers HL. Gallbladder cancer presenting as an incisional hernia. Surgical Rounds. January 2007


    Steinau, M., M. S. Rajeevan, et al. (2007). Evaluation of RNA markers for early detection of cervical neoplasia in exfoliated cervical cells. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 16(2): 295-301.


    Birdsong G, Howell L, Atkison K, Bibbo M, Bofiglio TA, Davey DD, Keebler C, Mody D, Savaloja L, Papillo J, Prey M, Raab S, Schultz BL, Solomon D, Austin, RM. Scientific Issues Related to the Cytology Proficiency Testing Regulations. http://www.cytojournal.com/


    Birdsong G, Howell L, Atkison K, Bibbo M, Bofiglio TA, Davey DD, Keebler C, Mody D, Savaloja L, Papillo J, Prey M, Raab S, Schultz BL, Solomon D, Austin, RM. Scientific Issues Related to the Cytology Proficiency Testing Regulations. Acta Cytologica. 2006;50: 191-7


    Renshaw AA, Birdsong GG, Mody DR et al. Cytologic Features of Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Conventional Smears: Comparison of Cases That Performed Poorly And Well in the College of American Pathologists Interlaboratory Comparison Program in Cervicovaginal Cytology. Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. 2005;129:1097-9.


    Rajeevan MS, Swan DC, Nisenbaum RA, Lee DR, Vernon SD, Ruffin MT, Horowitz IR, Flowers LC, Kmak D, Tadros TT, Birdsong G, Husain M, Srivastava S, Unger ER. Epidemiologic and Viral Factors Associated with Cervical Neoplasia in HPV 16-Positive Women. International Journal of Cancer. 2005;115:114-20.


    Howard EM, Lau SK, Lyles RH, Birdsong GG, Umbreit JN, Kochhar R. Expression of e-cadherin in high-risk breast cancer. J Cancer Res Clin Oncol. 2005;131:14-8.


    Hammock L, Reisenauer A, Wang W, Cohen C, Birdsong G, Folpe A. Latency-associated nuclear antigen expression and human herpesvirus-8 polymerase chain reaction in the evaluation of Kaposi sarcoma and other vascular tumors in HIV-positive patients. Modern Pathology 18(4): 463-468.


    Choi WL, Lewis ML, Lawson D, Yin-Goen Q, Birdsong GG, Cotsonis GA, Cohen C, Young AN. Angiogenic and lymphangiogenic microvessel density in breast carcinoma: correlation with clinicopathologic parameters and VEGF-family gene expression. Modern Pathology. 18(1): 143-152.


    Bakotic WL, Willis D, Birdsong G, Tadros TS. Anal Cytology In An HIV Positive Population:A retrospective analysis. Acta Cytologica. 2005;49:163-8.


    Renshaw AA, Mody DR, Lozano RL, Volk EE, Walsh MK, Davey DD, Birdsong GG. Detection of adenocarcinoma in situ of the cervix in Papanicolaou tests: comparison of diagnostic accuracy with other high-grade lesions. Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. 128(2):153-7.


    Renshaw AA, Young NA, Birdsong GG, Styer PE, Davey DD, Mody DR, Colgan TJ. (2004) Comparison of Performance of Conventional and ThinPrep Gynecologic Preparations in the College of American Pathologists Gynecologic Cytology Program. Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. 128(1): 17-22


    Book Chapters -

    Birdsong GG, Davey DD, Darragh TM, Elgert PA, Henry M. Specimen Adequacy in Solomon D. and Nayar R. Eds. The Bethesda System for Reporting Cervical Cytology: Definitions, Criteria, and Explanatory Notes. Second Ed. New York. Springer-Verlag 2004 p 1-20


    Darragh TM, Birdsong GG, Luff RD, Davey DD. Anal-Rectal Cytology in Solomon D. and Nayar R. Eds. The Bethesda System for Reporting Cervical Cytology: Definitions, Criteria, and Explanatory Notes. Second Ed. New York. Springer-Verlag 2004 p 169-175


    Other Publications -

    Birdsong, G. Brief Guidance Document on Appropriate Use of Human Papilloma Virus Testing Issued by Cytology Education and Technology Consortium. Cancer Cytopathology. In Press


    Birdsong G, Husain M, Faison T, Ferris D, Fetterman B, Flowers L, Friedlander M, Gagnon M, Gallo LN, Medley G. Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute Document GP15-A3Cervicovaginal Cytology Based on the Papanicolaou Technique; Approved Guideline---Third Edition. 2008.