Close up view of cells under microscope

The Division of Cytology offers a comprehensive cytodiagnostic, screening and consultative service, including examination of gynecologic, non-gynecologic, and fine needle aspiration specimens. The Cytology service reviews approximately 49,000 cases per year. The division has an outstanding quality assurance program that consists of evaluating all current surgical pathology specimens with corresponding cytology specimens to enhance patient care. The Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) service includes both samples collected from superficial nodules and from deep nodules. Immediate adequacy assessment is performed as requested.  FNA

Contact Information

Location & General Inquiries
10833 Le Conte Ave., A3-231Q CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Phone: (310) 794-7135
Fax: (310) 983-3289 | Email 

Section Chief
Jianyu Rao, MD (310) 794-1567 | Email

Pathology  Requests & Reports
(310) 825-8947 (UCLA)
310) 267-2680 (outside UCLA) 

Tissue Procurement and Banking Services (TPCL)
(310) 825-1717


  • Fine needle aspirations
  • Adjunct tests for urine cytology including UroVysion
  • Molecular analysis including specific mutations and next generation sequencing (NGS) of targeted genes
  • Telecytology



  • Quantitative fluorescent analysis of cancer biomarkers
  • Liquid biopsy and molecular biomarker analysis for cancer early detection and therapeutic monitoring
  • Cancer cell mechanobiology study
  • Application of digital and AI technologies in cytological analysis