Surya V. Seshan, M.B., B.S.

Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology
Surya Seshan

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.

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.


Insurance Plans Accepted

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

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  • AETNA [Medicare]
  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Affinity Essential
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Blue Priority Network
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI [CBP]
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicare]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup [CHP]
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup
  • Health Republic
  • Medicare
  • Oscar
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Medicare Advantage]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care [Medicare]
  • United Health Care [Community Plan]
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [Medicare]
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [HMO]


Liu S, Soong Y, Seshan SV, Szeto HH. Novel Cardiolipin Therapeutic Protects Endothelial Mitochondria During Renal Ischemia And Mitigates Microvascular Rarefaction, Inflammation And Fibrosis. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2014 Feb 19. [Epub ahead of print]

Hartono C, Chung M, Kuo SF, Seshan SV, Muthukumar T. Bortezomib therapy for nephrotic syndrome due to idiopathic membranous nephropathy. J Nephrol. 2014 Feb;27(1):103-6. Epub 2014 Jan 16.

Haider M, Salvatore SP, Kaplan J, Seshan SV. Acute kidney injury due to tubular intraluminal monoclonal light chain crystals mimicking acute pyelonephritis. Ren Fail. 2014 Mar;36(2):300-5. Epub 2013 Oct 24.

Birk AV, Liu S, Soong Y, Mills W, Singh P, Warren JD, Seshan SV, Pardee JD, Szeto HH: The mitochondrial-targeted compound SS-31 re-energizes ischemic mitochondria by interacting with cardiolipin. J Am Soc Nephrol 24:1250-61, 2013.

Salvatore SP, Reddi AS, Chandran CB, Chevalier JM, Okechukwu CN, Seshan SV. Collapsing glomerulopathy superimposed on diabetic nephropathy: insights into etiology of an under-recognized, severe pattern of glomerular injury. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2014 Feb;29(2):392-9. Epub 2013 Sep 29.

Hartono C, Kim J, McDermott J, Seshan SV, Serur D.High-dose intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) adjuvant therapy for cell-mediated pancreas transplant rejection. Transplantation. 2013 Sep 15;96(5):e43-4.

Dadhania D, Snopkowski C, Muthukumar T, Lee J, Ding R, Sharma VK, Christos P, Bang H, Kapur S, Seshan SV, Suthanthiran M. Noninvasive prognostication of polyomavirus BK virus-associated nephropathy. Transplantation. 2013 Jul 27;96(2):131-8.

Salvatore SP, Cha EK, Rosoff JS, Seshan SV.Nonneoplastic renal cortical scarring at tumor nephrectomy predicts decline in kidney function. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2013 Apr;137(4):531-40.

Jaffray JA, Mitchell WB, Gnanapragasam MN, Seshan SV, Guo X, Westhoff CM, Bieker JJ, Manwani D. Erythroid transcription factor EKLF/KLF1 mutation causing congenital dyserythropoietic anemia type IV in a patient of Taiwanese origin: review of all reported cases and development of a clinical diagnostic paradigm. Blood Cells Mol Dis. 2013 Aug;51(2):71-5. Epub 2013 Mar 20. Review.



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