Vicki J. Schnadig, MD
Professor Emerita, Department of Pathology

Phone: (409) 772-2870
Professor Emerita, 2015-Current
Active Employment, 1983-2015

Vicki J. Schnadig

  • Dr. Schnadig is trained in anatomic and clinical pathology. She is American Board of Pathology certified in anatomic and clinical pathology and has special/added qualification boards in medical microbiology and cytopathology. Her main interests are in cytologic diagnosis of infectious diseases, use of cytopathology in the autopsy suite, and harms of overdiagnosis, especially of thyroid carcinoma. Dr. Schnadig’s main focus, during her emeritus years, has been education, and she continues to mentor junior faculty and teach house officers, medical students, and pathologist assistant- and physician assistant students. She is a faculty mentor for Asclepios Osler Society UTMB medical students.

  • Bachelor of Science, Liberal Arts with Chemistry major: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL. 1969
    Doctor of Medicine: Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL. 1975
    Internship, Categorical with Diversification (4 months Internal Medicine, 2 months Emergency Room, 6 months Pathology), Louisiana State University, Charity Hospital of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA. 1976
    Residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Louisiana State University, Charity Hospital of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA. 1979
    18 month post-residency training in Cytopathology and Autopsy: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston TX. 1983
    Board Certification
    American Board of Pathology Certification in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology 1979
    American Board of Pathology Special Competence in Medical Microbiology 1981
    American Board of Pathology Added Qualification in Cytopathology 1989
  • Education:

    1. Education of medical, graduate and allied health students: Laboratory instructor and/or lecturer in UTMB School of Medicine and Experimental Pathology, Physician Assistant and Pathology Assistant programs.
    2. Education of UTMB House Officers both didactic and through the microscope.

    Other Activities:

    1. Mentoring junior faculty and house officers including co-authoring and assisting with publications.
    2. Membership in Pathology Assistant Advisory Committee
    3. Career Advisor and Faculty Mentor for UTMB Asclepios Oslerian Society student members

    Special Interests:

    1. Education of physicians, other health care workers and general public about the harms of overdiagnosis, especially thyroid carcinoma; Teaching medical students, house officers and allied health specialists.
    2. Cytopathology of infectious diseases
    3. Use of cytology for diagnosis in autopsies


    • 2015 - Lifetime award for Teaching in Anatomic Pathology
    • 2014 - Best Anatomic Lecture Series, UTMB Department of Pathology
    • 2013 - Best Anatomic Faculty Award, UTMB Department of Pathology
    • 2012 - Excellence in Teaching Award Oslerian Medicine
    • 2008 - American Medical Women’s Association, Women in Medicine, Pre-Clinical Award
    • 2006 - Best Anatomic Faculty Award, UTMB Department of Pathology
    • 2005 - Best Anatomic Faulty Award, UTMB Department of Pathology
  • Post-Emerita:

    1. Angelova EA, Bagherpour A, Schnadig VJ, He J. Gamna-Gandy bodies in fine-needle aspiration from abdominal splenosis: A clue to underlying portal hypertension. Diagn Cytopathol. 2020;1–5.
    2. Schnadig VJ. Overdiagnosis of Thyroid Cancer: Is this not an Ethical Issue for Pathologists as well as Radiologists and Clinicians? (Approved Editorial) Arch Pathol Lab Med 2018;142:1018-20 doi:10.5858/arpa.2017-0510-ED and 4 replies to comments
    3. Schnadig VJ. Cytology as a diagnostic tool in the autopsy suite. (Invited Editorial) Cancer Cytopathol 2016;124:773-5. doi:10.1002/cncy.21747.


    1. Clement CG, Williams-Bouyer NM, Nawgiri R, Schnadig VJ. Correlation of microbiologic culture and fine-needle aspiration cytology: A 14-year experience at a single institution. Cancer Cytopathol 2015;123:612-19
    2. Schnadig VJ. Ultrasonography, FNA, mutations, hormones and thyroid nodule obsession in the twenty-first century: a cytopathologist’s plea for reason in an age of thyroid storm. Endocrine 2014;47:664-7 doi: 10.1007/s12020-014-0322-y
    3. Schnadig VJ, Molina CP, Aronson JF. Cytodiagnosis in the Autopsy Suite: A Tool for Improving Autopsy Quality and Resident Education. Arch Pathol Lab Med 2007;131:1056-62

    Selected Book Chapters

    1. Schnadig, VJ: Cytopathology of Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases: In Diagnostic Pathology of Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Ed. R. Kradin, Philadelphia, Saunders-Elsevier, 2nd edition, 2017
    2. Schnadig VJ, Woods G: Histopathology of fungal infections. In: Clinical Mycology 2nd Ed., ed. Anassie E, McGinnis M, Pfaller MA, Churchill Livingston, Inc 2009