Surya V. Seshan, M.B., B.S.
Pathology - Anatomic & Clinical
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Surya V. Seshan, M.B., B.S.

Pathology - Anatomic & Clinical

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Gender: Female
Language: English


Personal Statement

It is a distinct honor for me to practice, teach and conduct research in Renal Pathology and serve as the Chief of the division, in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College, New York.nbsp; My training and longtime association with Dr. Jacob Churg (one of the founding fathers of Renal Pathology) has been a rewarding experience.nbsp; Renal Pathology, as practiced in the academic setting, is a unique opportunity, where a significant depth of knowledge across the disciplines of Pathology, Nephrology, Rheumatology and Transplantation is required, while keeping up with new developments.nbsp; This is also a subspecialty dealing with medical diseases of the kidney, which often bridges the gap between basic and clinical sciences.nbsp; The wide variety of case material and consult cases received in our laboratory affords considerable expertise to become familiar, even some of the uncommonly occurring diseases in the kidney.nbsp; All kidney specimens are processed completely and efficiently by highly technical staff, using light, electron and immunofluorescence microscopy, to yield the most information.nbsp; In addition to diagnosis, prognositic information is obtained for appropriate therapy and management, which directly impacts on quality of patient care.

Specialties and Expertise


  • Anatomic Pathology
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Pathology
  • Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology


  • Surgical Pathology
  • Renal Pathology


Dr. Surya Seshan is a nationally recognized expert in renal pathology. Dr. Seshan received medical training in her native India and completed pathology residency at New York Medical College. She trained in renal pathology with the legendary Dr. Jacob Churg, remained his associate for many years, and then became Director of Laboratories at Barnert Hospital in Paterson, New Jersey. Dr. Seshan joined our faculty in January, 2000 as Chief of Renal Pathology. Dr. Seshan has contributed numerous scientific articles to the literature and has co-authored three textbooks: The Kidney in Collagen Vascular Diseases, Classification and Atlas of Glomerular Diseases, and Renal Disease: Classification and Atlas of Tubulointerstitial and Vascular Diseases of the Kidney. Dr. Seshan directs a large renal pathology consultation practice, serving as the renal pathologist for several institutions in the tri-state region. The Renal Pathology Laboratory is equipped to handle all aspects of the renal biopsy from the moment it is obtained from the patient, including light microscopy, immunofluorescence, and electron microscopy. Dr. Seshan is available to provide personal consultation in all areas of renal pathology.


Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

  • Iekussel B. Tchertkoff Award For Outstanding Graduating Resident, June 1982
  • Citation from Barnert Hospital and Medical staff for distinguished service and accomplishments, November 1998
  • Visiting Professor, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute (Deemed University), Chennai, India, 2000-to date
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Nephrology Department, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, June 2004
  • Credentials

    Board Certifications

    • American Board of Pathology (Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology)

    Clinical and Academic Positions

    • Attending Pathologist - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
    • Professor of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

    Education and Training

    • M.B.,B.S., Government Medical College, Mysore University (India), 1974


    Insurance Plans Accepted

    The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this doctor. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the doctor’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

    * indicates this doctor is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

    • AETNA - HMO
    • AETNA - Medicare
    • AETNA - PPO
    • Aetna Weill Cornell Employee Managed Care Plan
    • Aetna Weill Cornell Employee PPO Plan
    • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
    • Affinity Access
    • Affinity Health Plan
    • AgeWell New York
    • Amida Care
    • CIGNA
    • Emblem Select Care
    • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Access
    • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Connection
    • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
    • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
    • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Mediblue (Senior)
    • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - PPO
    • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
    • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
    • Fidelis Care
    • GHI - CBP
    • Health First
    • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
    • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
    • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicare
    • Medicare
    • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
    • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
    • Oxford Health Plans - Medicare Advantage
    • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
    • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
    • United Empire
    • United Healthcare
    • United Healthcare - Community Plan
    • United Healthcare - Medicare
    • United Healthcare Compass
    • VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
    • WellCare of NY
    • WorldWide Medical

    Locations and Appointments

    External Relationships

    External Relationships

    Relationships and collaborations with for-profit and not-for profit organizations are of vital importance to our faculty because these exchanges of scientific information foster innovation. As experts in their fields, WCM physicians and scientists are sought after by many organizations to consult and educate. WCM and its faculty make this information available to the public, thus creating a transparent environment.

    No External Relationships Reported