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Our Mission

This electronic information center provides practical, streamlined access to information on the Internet about the field of cytopathology. It is most useful to cytotechnology students and cytotechnologists, cytopathologists, pathologists, and pathology residents. Physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, other healthcare professionals and/or organizations, and patients will also find some useful information. Our goal is to improve the quality and image of the field of cytopathology, and to educate women about the importance of yearly cervical cancer screening. Hopefully, by providing an avenue for colleagues to share their experiences and knowledge on a variety of topics, and by improving our communication with each other, we will encourage our intellectual and professional growth, which will ultimately improve the quality of care we render to our patients.

Jana C. Sullinger, MD
Founder/Creator and
Former President/CEO


CYTOPATHNET® had its beginnings in the latter part of 1995 when I first began exploring the internet. In my search to find information about cytopathology on the internet at that time, what I found was that it was essentially non-existent. I used CYTOPATHNET® as a personal online desktop reference to access what information I was able to find regarding regulations, items of interest, and pathology sites that proved useful in my daily life as a practicing pathologist. At that time, none of the professional societies had an online presence. I quickly found that many individuals were coming to my site out of the same need that had prompted its origin, and I quickly gained a following. Alexander Meisels, MD was an early supporter, and has provided much moral support and encouragement over the years, as well as Editorials. Based on his early support, I began to contact professional organizations to provide them an online presence on CYTOPATHNET®. The ASCT hosted their newsletters on CYTOPATHNET® until they had their own online presence. Pat Connelly, MD provided much editorial assistance and images in the early years of CYTOPATHNET®, and Sandra Fite, CT(ASCT) contributed the very popular CLIA Forum, which she continues to host. Gary Gill CT(ASCT) and Dennis Williams (FIBMS) have provided occasional input as well over the years. The CYTOPATHNET-L Listserver was a very popular email list, and was the first of its kind before a malicious virus attack a couple of years ago. It is again operational and available to our users worldwide.


CYTOPATHNET® existed as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, effective date of 12/24/97-12/01/06. The decision was made to return to our original roots as a grassroots level site under the concept of an open-source concept, and the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike? License. This site was donated by and is designed and maintained by Dr. Jana Sullinger. The site has received some charitable contributions received from its patrons over the years, but is primarily maintained financially by Dr. Jana Sullinger. Significant editorial assistance and contributions of microscopic images have been submitted by Dr's. Alexander Meisels and Patrick Connelly and the remainder of the editorial/advisory staff. The design and intent of this site is for educational purposes only.

Former Officers

President/CEO/Founder: Jana C. Sullinger, MD
Secretary/Treasurer: Sharon D. White (deceased); Jana C. Sullinger, MD, Acting

Advisory Board

For additional information on how to become an Advisory Board Member, visit Advisory Board.

Jana C. Sullinger, MD

Alexander Meisels, MD, FIAC
e-mail: alexander.meisels@pat.ulaval.ca
Professor of Pathology
Laval University, Quebec, Canada

CLIA Forum Moderator:
Sandra K. Fite, CT(ASCP)

Thoughts From Abroad
Dennis Williams, FIBMS

Alan Kaye, Executive Director
National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC)

Editorial Board

Alexander Meisels, MD, FIAC
e-mail: alexander.meisels@pat.ulaval.ca
Professor of Pathology
Laval University, Quebec, Canada

Jana C. Sullinger, MD
email: webmaster@cytopathnet.org
Former President/CEO/Founder


CYTOPATHNET® is personally funded by Dr. Jana Sullinger and by occasional voluntary cash donations from our patrons. Their is no grant support or funding received from governmental agencies or product vendors.


CYTOPATHNET® does not currently accept or host advertising services.

Terms of Use

Additional information regarding Terms of Use of this site can be found at Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike? License.

Privacy Policy Statement

CYTOPATHNET® does not sell or release any information regarding our users. Additional information can be found at CYTOPATHNET Privacy Policy Statement.


The information contained in this service is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Nothing contained in the service is intended to be for medical diagnosis or treatment. The chat, online discussions, and listserver discussions on this service are not guaranteed to be monitored for unacceptable use, nor will statements of fact necessarily be authenticated.

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June 2005: CYTOPATHNET® listed as "most useful site for cytopathology". http://cytopathnet.org/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=35

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admin, 21:24 MST, Wed 22 of Feb., 2012: User registration enhancements made and more coming in future.
admin, 18:06 MST, Sun 29 of Jan., 2012: Site upgraded from 6.4 to 6.6.
admin, 21:56 MDT, Thu 06 of Oct., 2011: Not sure I totally understand question. Perhaps post to forums for feedback.
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