Meet The Doctors

All  of our pathologists are board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology by The American Board of Pathology (ABP), and are Fellows of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).  All of our pathologists belong to the Louisiana State Medical Society (LSMS) and the Calcasieu Parish Medical Society (CPMS).

Our pathologists have over 100 years of combined experience in the practice of anatomic and clinical pathology. Each pathologist is a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. They have memberships in The Louisiana State Medical Society and Calcasieu Parish Medical Society, as well as many other national and state professional organizations.

Our pathologists are on staff at Christus St. Patrick Hospital (SPH), Lake Area Medical Center (LAMC) , West Calcasieu-Cameron Hospital (WCCH), Beauregard Memorial Hospital, and Jennings American Legion Hospital.

Drs. VanHoose, Rumsey, Townsend and Eapen have specialized training in Fine Needle Aspiration biopsies, a quick, painless outpatient procedure for rapid diagnosis of palpable masses. They also have received training and are certified in ThinPrep pap smear interpretation, the most recent development in women’s health care.

Our pathologists stay up to date with the latest developments in their field by earning Continuing Medical Education credits in excess of those required by state law. They serve our local hospitals on committees and boards designed to improve the quality of health care delivery in Southwest Louisiana. In the recent past, Drs. Stevens, Townsend, and Rumsey have served as Medical Staff President at Christus St. Patrick Hospital. Dr. Stevens has been President of the Calcasieu Parish Medical Society.

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 Our CEO, Dr. John VanHoose graduated medical school from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 1989, and completed his residency and Cytopathology subspecialty training at Virginia Commonwealth University (Medical College of Virginia) in 1994.  He joined The Pathology laboratory in 1994, and has been its Chief Executive since 1996.  He has served as Medical Staff President at Christus St. Patrick Hospital (three times), West Calcasieu-Cameron Hospital, and is currently serving his second term as Chief of Staff at Lake Area Medical Center (LAMC).  He is also on the LAMC Board of Trustees.  He participates in many hospital committees including Medical Executive and Peer Review, among others.  Dr. VanHoose has also served as President of the Louisiana Pathology Society and the Calcasieu Parish Medical Society (CPMS).  He is currently on the board for CPMS, and serves as  the District VII representative for the LSMS Council on Legislation and LAMPAC.

 

 

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Dr. Lehrue Stevens (emeritus) has been practicing pathology for over 40 years. He graduated from Louisiana State University, did his residency at Los Angeles County Hospital and his residency at the LSU School of Medicine, Charity Hospital in New Orleans.

 

 

 

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Dr. Gault Townsend (emeritus) is a graduate of Lousiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He did an internship in internal medicine and residency in pathology at LSU School of Medicine, Charity Hospital in New Orleans. He specializes in cytopathology and is a certified Medical Review Officer.

 

 

 

 

RRresDr. Robert Rumsey completed his pathology residency at the Medical College of Virginia after receiving his degree from the Medical University of South Carolina.  He has been with The Pathology Laboratory since 1996.  He is board certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, while specializing in Cytopathology.  Dr. Rumsey is also a certified Medical Review Officer.  He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathology, Louisiana State Medical Society and Calcasieu Parish Medical Society.

 

 

 

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Dr. Paula Eapen received her medical degree from Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport.  She completed her Anatomic/Clinical Pathology residency and Cytopathology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine.  Shortly after completing her Cytopathology fellowship, she attended the University of Virginia where she completed her second fellowship in Dermatopathology under the directorship of Dr. James Patterson.  She is board certified in Anatomic/Cllinical Pathology and Dermatopathology.  Dr. Eapen is a member of the American Society of Dermatopathology, Louisiana State Medical Society, and Calcasieu Parish Medical Society.  The Pathology Laboratory welcomed Dr. Eapen in 2001.

 

 

SR no labcoatStephanie Richard, MD graduated medical school from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.  LSUHSC is also where she completed her pathology residency training.  She is a native of Iota, LA and has been with The Pathology Laboratory since 2006.  Dr. Richard is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology by the American Board of Pathology.  She has also served as the Louisiana State Commissioner for the College of American Pathologists Laboratory Accreditation Program since 2011.

 

 

 

RBresRegina Burton, MD received her medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.  She went on to complete her Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center.  She has also completed two additional fellowships in Cytopathology and Gastrointestinal/Surgical Pathology.  Dr. Burton is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.  Dr. Burton also participates in hospital committees including Medical Executive, Performance Improvement, Peer Review, Infection Control, Strategy, and Blood Management.  The Pathology Laboratory welcomed Dr. Burton in 2009.

 

 

 

TPresThad Primeaux, MD received a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Louisiana – Lafayette. He received his medical degree from LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport. After graduation, he continued his medical training by completing an Anatomic/Clinical Pathology residency, as well as a one year Surgical/GI Pathology fellowship at LSU Health Sciences Center – Shreveport. Additionally, Dr. Primeaux completed a one-year Hematopathology fellowship at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, LA.  Dr. Primeaux is board certified in Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology and Hematopathology by the American Board of Pathology.

 

 

 

kelly resBrandi Kelly, MD received her Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge  in May 2000. She then returned to her hometown of Bossier City to begin her medical education.  She graduated from LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport with her Medical Doctorate in May 2005.  She completed an Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency in 2009 and a Cytopathology fellowship in 2010, both at LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport.  She is board certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology as well as Cytopathology.  She recently became a certified Medical Review Officer.  She is married to Dr. Thad Primeaux and they have 2 children.  Dr. Kelly has been with the Pathology Laboratory since 2011.