Our Pathology Staff is easily available for case discussion and review at any time. Finalized reports are faxed to designated numbers upon completion, with follow-up hard copies by regular mail.

Telephone calls are made by pathologists whenever requested. As part of the local medical community, we feel that physician to physician communication is vital to optimum patient care.

Medical Directors

James M. Monihan, M.D., FCAP, a native of Wilmington, graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1984 and subsequently completed his pathology residency at Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, GA. Following an assignment as a staff pathologist and director of the blood program at Fort Bragg, NC, Dr. Monihan served for two years in the Hepatic and Gastrointestinal Branch of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.

Board certified in both Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Dr. Monihan’s research has been published in journals including the American Journal of Surgical Pathology, Human Pathology and the American Journal of Gastroenterology, as well as presented at national and international meetings. His teaching experience has included assistant professorships at the Medical College of Georgia and the Uniformed Services University of Health Services, as well as presentations at institutions such as Temple University, Bethesda National Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Practicing at St. Francis Hospital since 1994, Dr. Monihan also serves as the Medical Director and Chairman of Pathology at Jennersville Regional Hospital. Dr. Monihan is one of the managing partners of Allied Diagnostic Pathology Consultants. He can be contacted at

Mazhar Rishi, M.D., MBA, FCAPCPE, is board certified in Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology and Cytopathology, and specializes in advanced gynecological and breast pathology. After receiving his medical degree from Dow Medical College, Pakistan in 1984, Dr. Rishi completed his residency in pathology at George Washington University Hospital, Washington, D.C., followed by a fellowship in Cytopathology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

Dr. Rishi served as the Director of Cytopathology at the David Grant USAF Medical Center in California and later at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD. He was appointed by the U.S. Air Force to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) where he served as the Assistant Chairman of the Department of Gynecological and Breast Pathology. Dr. Rishi earned his MBA in Health Care Administration from Wilmington College and is also board-certified in Medical Management. In addition to service work, Dr. Rishi has taught medical students, pathology resident and fellows at various academic institutions including Thomas Jefferson University and the University of California, Davis. He has also presented several papers in peer reviewed journals and won awards in teaching, research and service work.

Staff Physicians

dr-bianYongling Bian, MD, FCAP, is Board-certified in Clinical and Anatomical Pathology and Cytopathology. After receiving her medical degree from Anhwei Medical School, China, Dr. Bian completed her pathology residency at University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. She performed her fellowship in cytopathology at Thomas Jefferson Hospital. She had held teaching appointments at Thomas Jefferson Medical College. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Bian has held staff position at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in New Jersey. Dr. Bian has presented in national and international conferences and her research has been published in various professional journals. Dr. Bian provides substantial experience and expertise in diagnostic surgical pathology and cytopathology. She can be contacted at

Joseph Depenbusch, M.D., FCAP, FASCP is board certified in both anatomic pathology and clinical pathology. He earned his medical degree from the University of Iowa. Directly after medical school Dr. Depenbusch went to Michigan State University where he did basic pharmacological research in the drug treatment of tropical parasitic diseases. He then completed his Anatomic Pathology Residency at Penn State University at the Hershey Medical Center,and his Clinical Pathology residency at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. After his residencies, Dr. Depenbusch performed a fellowship in Surgical Pathology and Electron Microscopy at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Dr. Depenbusch practiced pathology in Indiana and Pennsylvania for six years and then at Kent General Hospital in Dover, Delaware, for fourteen years before joining Allied Diagnostics. Dr. Depenbusch brings diverse experience in all areas of anatomic pathology as well as inclinical pathology, having served at various times as director of chemistry, blood bank, and microbiology divisions of the clinical laboratory. He can be contacted at

dr-del-la-cruzMichael de la Cruz, M.D., FCAP is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. Dr. de la Cruz graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, in 2005. He completed his pathology residency and surgical pathology fellowship at Pennsylvania Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Healthcare System. During his training, he obtained a broad knowledge in the field of pathology including cytopathology.

Dr. de la Cruz practiced pathology at Kennedy University Hospital in NJ for three years prior to joining Allied Diagnostic Pathology Consultants in July of 2013. While at Kennedy, he served as an assistant professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition to his clinical duties, he also presented teaching lectures to medical students in various aspects of clinical and surgical pathology.

Dr. de la Cruz is subspecialty director of hematology and microbiology at St. Francis Hospital. He can be contacted at

Regina S. Meara, M.D., FCAP, FASCP is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology as well as Cytopathology.  Originally from Chicago, Dr. Meara graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI, in 2001.  She completed her pathology residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).   She also completed fellowships in both surgical pathology and cytopathology at UAB.  During her cytopathology fellowship, Dr. Meara gained considerable experience in immediate assessment and diagnostic interpretation of endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration cytology specimens as well as breast lesion cytology.  She also gained expertise in Thin-Prep Pap test interpretation and cervical pathology correlation.

Dr. Meara has presented research at several national pathology conferences.  In addition, several of her studies have been published in various medical journals.  Dr. Meara practiced pathology in Alabaster, AL, before joining Allied Diagnostic in 2010.