The neuropathology division is housed predominantly within the UK Albert B Chandler Hospital. We provide service to the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, as well as many surrounding hospitals for regional consultations. Our faculty also runs the neuropathology core of the University of Kentucky Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (UK-ADRC), and administers the biobank housed in the Sanders Brown Center on Aging. The UK-ADRC is a nationally recognized research center focusing on aging-related dementias and the biobank has been continually funded by the NIH since the mid-1980’s. An emphasis of the UK-ADRC is in quantitative neuro-pathologic metrics related to the common pathologies that affect aged persons and can cause an Alzheimer’s disease-type clinical dementia syndrome.

Faculty and Staff


Peter Nelson, MD, PhD
Director of Neuropathology

  • Janna Neltner, MD
  • Dianne Wilson, MD


Sonya Anderson
Sanders-Brown Tissue Bank Coordinator

Ela Patel
Sanders-Brown Principal Research Analyst


Education is a high priority for our division. Our faculty is involved in the education of medical students, residents, and fellows. We are part of the neurosciences curriculum that first-year medical students receive. We run numerous rotations for residents from many different specialties, including pathology, neurology, neurosurgery, and ophthalmology. We also have a two year ACGME-certified neuropathology fellowship.