Leona W. Ayers, MD
Leona Ayers, MD is a Professor Emeritus in both the Clinical Pathology and Experimental Pathology Branches. Dr. Ayers earned her MD from Duke University. She did an internship in Antomical Pathology at Duke University Medical Center followed by her residency in Mixed Anatomical and Clinical Pathology. She also completed a residency in Clinical Pathology at The Ohio State University Hospitals. Dr. Ayers is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. Dr. Ayers has a long-term interest in the pathology of infectious diseases and recently a focused interest in infectious agents and malignancy. She is the principle investigator for the Mid-region AIDS and Cancer Specimen Resource (ACSR), a project of the NCI AIDS Malignancy Program. ACSR biorepositories collect and provide AIDS/HIV infected biospecimens to qualified, funded researchers working in the areas of HIV infection and malignancy. She has extended her ACSR program interest to East Africa in response to the international escalation of HIV/AIDS and related malignancies. National and international collaborations are facilitated by the application of digital pathology, automated evaluation of stained, digitized tissue images and Internet viewing of images.