Mingyu Cheng, M.D., Ph.D.

Mingyu Cheng, M.D., Ph.D.


Surgical Pathology


  • Assistant Professor


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Pathology Building

4400 V St.
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Additional Phone Numbers

Clinic Fax: 916-734-3300

Philosophy of Care

Patient-centered care delivered with compassion and excellence.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Mingyu Cheng's clinical interests include: renal pathology, male GU pathology, and electron microscopy.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Mingyu Cheng's research interests include 1) renal pathology in plasma cell dyscrasia, and 2) diagnosis and pathogenesis of proximal tubulopathy.


M.D., Hubei Medical University, Shiyan, Hubei, China 1995

Ph.D., Tsinghua University, Haidian Qu, Bejing, China 2004


Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Louisiana State University Health Science Center, Shreveport LA 2013-2017


Renal and Gentourinary Pathology, Louisiana State University Health Science Center, Shreveport LA 2017-2018

Board Certifications

American Board of Pathology, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology,

Professional Memberships

American Heart Association

College of American Pathologists

United States - Canadian Academy of Pathology

Honors and Awards

Ghadially Award (formerly the Pathologist-in-Training Award), United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, 2015

Third Prize, 16th Annual Albert G. Smith Resident Research Symposium, 16th Annual Albert G. Smith Resident Research Symposium, Louisiana State University Health Science Center � Shreveport, LA, 2014

Third Prize, Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technologies (CIMIT) Conference, Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technologies (CIMIT) Conference, Boston, MA, 2005

Select Recent Publications

Gu X, Cheng MY, Herrera GA. Kidney carcinoid tumor: Histological, immunohistochemical and ultrastructural features. Ultrastructural Pathology. 2018, 42:18-22.

Cheng MY, Gu X, Herrera GA. Dendritic cells in renal biopsies of patients with acute tubulointerstitial nephritis. Human Pathology. 2016, 54:113–120.

Alattia L, Cheng MY, Herrera GA, Knowles K. A Rare Case of Synchronous Multiple Primary Malignant Tumors of the Gallbladder and Liver. Am J Clin Pathol. 2016;146:S104.

Cheng MY, Johnson VM, Murray MM. Effects of age and platelet-rich plasma on ACL cell viability and collagen gene expression. Journal of Orthopaedic Research. 2012, 30(1):79-85.

Cheng MY, Wang H, Murray MM. Platelets and plasma proteins are both required to stimulate collagen gene expression by anterior cruciate ligament cells in three-dimensional culture. Tissue Engineering. 2010, 16(5) 1457-1468.

Engelmayr CG, Cheng MY, Bettinger JC, Borenstein TJ, Langer R, Freed EL. Accordion-like honeycombs for tissue engineering of cardiac anisotropy. Nature Material. 2008, 7(12) 1003-1010.

Cheng MY, Moretti M, Engelmayr CG, Nichol J, Freed EL. Insulin-like growth factor-I and slow, bidirectional perfusion enhance the formation of tissue-engineered cardiac grafts. Tissue Engineering. 2008, 15(3) 645-653.

Cheng MY, Park H, Moretti M, Engelmayr CG, Freed EL. Effects of regulatory factors on engineered cardiac tissue in vitro. Tissue Engineering. 2007, 13(11): 2709-2719.

Cheng MY, Gong K, Li JM, Gong YD, Zhao NM, Zhang XF. Surface modification and characterization of chitosan film blended with poly-L-lysine. Journal of Biomaterials Applications. 2004, 19 (1): 59-75.

Cheng MY, Deng JG, Yang F, Gong YD, Zhao NM, Zhang XF. Study on physical properties and nerve cell affinity of composite films from chitosan and gelatin solutions. Biomaterials. 2003, 24(17): 2871-2880.