MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Poplar Healthcare, a leading laboratory services company headquartered in Memphis, TN, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Genetics of Memphis, Inc. Led by Drs. Sugandhi Tharapel and Avirachan T. Tharapel, Genetics of Memphis is a leading Tennessee-based cytogenetics reference laboratory.
Cytogenetics is the study of chromosome structure and function in a cell during cell division. This branch of genetics serves as an important diagnostic tool for physicians monitoring high-risk pregnancies and reproductive concerns, delineating multiple congenital abnormalities and defining hematological disorders. Genetics of Memphis is also licensed by the State of Tennessee Board of Education as an accredited cytogenetics training facility. It is one of only five such schools in the United States.
"We have great respect for the cytogenetic services offered by Genetics of Memphis. They have always served their customers with the highest quality diagnoses and the most rapid turn around times in the industry," said Poplar Healthcare CEO James Sweeney. "We are pleased that Drs. Sugandhi and Avi Tharapel and their entire team of cytogenetic technologists are joining our professional staff."
As part of the acquisition, Genetics of Memphis' state-accredited cytogenetics training facility will be transferred to Poplar Healthcare. "I am also pleased to report that we were able to expand the number of students that Poplar Healthcare can accept into the program. This will enable us to train more students that wish to enter the exciting field of cyto and molecular genetics," said Sweeney.
Dr. Sugandhi Tharapel is equally enthusiastic about the opportunities that the acquisition brings. "We can now provide additional tests and services to our clients," she stated. "Poplar Healthcare's expanded menu of molecular testing services, including next generation sequencing of hematologic and solid tumors, is an important extension to clinical cytogenetics. It is where the field is headed. By joining Poplar Healthcare, we can expand our service offerings and help improve patient care."
About Poplar Healthcare
Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, Poplar Healthcare is a leading laboratory services company. Through its GI Pathology, D-PATH, OncoMetrix, UroPathDx and Women's Health Laboratories brands, Poplar Healthcare provides specialized laboratory testing services to a nationwide client base of gastroenterologists, dermatologists, oncologists, urologists, gynecologists and their patients. For more information, visit poplarhealthcare.com.
About Genetics of Memphis
Genetics of Memphis is a full service clinical cytogenetics reference laboratory located in Memphis, Tennessee. The laboratory is licensed by CLIA, the State of Tennessee and is certified by College of American Pathologists (CAP); and is licensed by the State of Tennessee Board of Education as an accredited cytogenetics training facility.
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