Celeste N. Powers, M.D., Ph.D.
Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
Dr. Powers obtained her M.D. and completed residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the University of Texas Medical School, Houston, Texas, and a fellowship in cytopathology at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. She began her career as Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas and subsequently relocated to the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse, New York, to assume the position of Director of the Cytopathology Laboratory and Fellowship Program, and Medical Director of the Program in Cytotechnology. She returned to the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in 1998 and is currently Chair of the Division Anatomic Pathology and holds the endowed "Saul Kay Chair in Diagnostic Pathology."
Dr. Powers' areas of expertise include: head and neck, respiratory tract, infectious disease and fine needle aspiration biopsy and has co-authored two textbooks, "Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy of the Head and Neck" and "Salivary Gland Cytopathology," numerous chapters and over 100 publications. She has been repeatedly listed as one of America’s Top Physicians and Pathologists, as well as in Best Doctors in America.
She has served as an editorial board member for several pathology journals over the years. An Associate Editor of Cancer Cytopathology since its inception in 1996, she has been Editor-in-Chief since 2009. Dr. Powers has held numerous leadership positions including within the ASCP, receiving the George F. Stevenson Distinguished Service Award. She has been an executive board member, officer, and President of the American Society of Cytopathology, receiving the Society's highest honor, the Papanicolaou Award. Dr. Powers also served on the Executive Board of the Papanicolaou Society of Cytopathology and is the 2015 recipient of the L.C. Tao Educator of the Year Award.
Dr. Powers has been an active USCAP educator involved in Specialty Conferences, Companion Societies, a Short Course on Salivary Gland Pathology, the Special Course in Cytopathology.
For years she directed the USCAP Diagnostic Cytopathology Course. She has had numerous leadership roles in USCAP beginning with the Abstract Review Board and as a moderator of platform and specialty conferences and has participated in the inauguration of the USCAP Foundation. She served on the Education and Membership Committees, as well as, on Council. She received the 2012 F.K. Mostofi Distinguished Service Award, served as USCAP President from 2014-2015 and was honored with the 2016 President’s Award.