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Dr. Charles Sturgis

Pathology
Everett, WA
29 years experience male

Locations

Office

Everett, WA

Address

CellNetix Pathology and Laboratories, 1321 Colby Avenue Ste. A2-300, Everett, WA
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My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

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About

Bio

After finishing medical school at the University of Kansas, I completed residencies in anatomic and clinical pathology at Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center. I then spent an additional year in cytopathology fellowship at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. I am board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology as well as cytopathology. In addtion, I have focused interests in thoracic/lung pathology and medical microbiology. I have previously worked as a staff pathologist / assistant professor of pathology at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA and at Evanston Hospital in Evanston, IL. I moved to Washington State in 2007 and am happy in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!

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Pathology

Doctor Q&A

548 Answers
126 Agrees
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Infectious diseases: Diseases caused by bacteria, fungi, worms and other parasites are broadly classified as 'infectious diseases'. Bacteria and fungi can infect essentia... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Possibly.: Some people infected with hpv do not develop warts or other detectable cellular changes. These people are sometimes thought of as 'silent carriers' o... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Depends on type: Some cancers can be diagnosed and followed by blood tests. Leukemias (which are blood cancers) are diagnosed by examining blood and bone marrow. Som... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Likely yes.: If this is a result from a pap test, then fungus was identified in the slide made from the sample. In many instances, that may correlate to a clinica... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Possibly allergy: Eosinophils are one type of white blood cell. These cells are created in the bone marrow and released into the blood. These cells can be increased i... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Generally No.: In order to excise (surgically remove) an ovarian cyst, an incision needs to be made in the skin. In some instances, a cyst can be drained by needle ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Depends upon type.: There are many types of malignancies / cancers that can be effectively treated when they involve lymph nodes. It is important to know what type of ca... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Enlarged and firm.: A norml lymph node is about the size, shape and consistency of a partially cooked kidney bean (small, bean-shaped, and soft but solid). A lymph node ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Yes.: Yes, porn starts (who are people who have had sexual intercourse) could acquire HIV and other types of sexually transmitted diseases.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Yes: Your question is a little ambiguous, but i think you are asking if it is possible to acquire a sexually transmitted disease from oral sex. The answer... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Yes.: Most primary care physicians can manage thyroid replacement medications. In certain settings, a consultation from an endocrinologist may be helpful. ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Yes.: The main symptoms of HIV / aids are related to immune system suppression. There are other diseases that can cause immune suppression, some of these i... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Depends upon therapy: Life expectancy with HIV depends on how the patient is doing when diagnosed and then upon therapy. Without drug therapy, most people with HIV will die... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Three to four days.: A pathology report from a fingernail or toenail biopsy should generally be available after a three to four day time period. In rare instances, specia... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Colonoscopy ; biopsy: If you are concerned about possible colon cancer, see a physician. He/she will take a history and perform a physical examination. If you have a conc... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
No: Benign tumor (non-malignant, non-cancerous tumors) can grow at many body sites. Tumors that are benign do not have the ability to spread to other par... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Leukemia: Leukemia is a type of cancer/malignancy of the blood and bone marrow in which there is an increase of abnormal white blood cells released from the bon... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
RNA: Each ebola virion contains one molecule of single-stranded, negative-sense RNA (genetic material). New viral particles are created by budding from the... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Possibly.: A person who is diagnosed with HIV and who gets started on antiretroviral medications early and who takes the medications faithfully and who takes car... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Likely not: Prolonged exposure to high levels of second hand smoke may increase risks of chronic lung diseases. A short (one short time interval) duration exposu... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
No cure for AIDS: Aids is a syndrome caused by infection with hiv. There is no "cure" for hiv. There are some very good medications that can be used in combinations t... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Yes.: Condoms are an effective means of decreasing the spread of hiv. It is important to use a condom every time that intercourse happens. Using a spermic... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
No.: Pain and tenderness in the buttocks are not necessarily associated with "growth" and could be the result of trauma, inflammation, or other triggers no... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Life saving: Usual life expectancy for someone with new HIV infection is 8 to 10 years (without treatment). If a person has a good diet and practices a healthy li... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
No.: Development of a thyroid nodule is not an indicator of HIV infection. Thyroid nodules are common in adults, and there is no association between havin... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Pulmonary embolism: 'clots' in the lungs are often called 'thromboemboli'. While clots can form in the lungs themselves, it is more common for emboli to be derived from ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Safe sex: You can reduce your risk of acquiring HIV by always having safe sex (always using condoms and a spermicidal lubricant). Visit with a physician or hea... Read More
A 71-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Could be 'routine'..: Colonoscopy is a screening procedure for colon cancer and polyps (cancer precursors). It is 'routine' to have colonoscopy every few years after the a... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Not unusual.: The natural history of HIV is that it takes months to years for many people to develop an aids defining condition such as a serious infection or a mal... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Type?: Screening for 'cancer' depends upon the type of cancer. For most people, cervical cancer screening starts at age 21. Many people start breast cancer... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Either works.: Either an ENT or an oral surgeon would be appropriate physicians to visit regarding tongue biopsy.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
YES!: When antiviral medications are taken in combinations and as prescribed with strict adherence to the regimens, these drugs can allow patients to live f... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Yes.: With the process of artificial insemination a female can have sperm placed in her body (from a male donor) and can become pregnant without having inte... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Yes.: Hiv, herpes simplex virus, and gonorrhea are all sexually transmitted diseases. It is possible for one person to have more than one std at a given ti... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
No.: Pancreatoblastomas are a rare specific type of malignant tumors of the pancreas. Most cases occur in children under the age of 10 years. There is a ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
ENT or oral surgeon: Either an ENT doc (ear/nose/thoat doc also sometimes called otorhinolaryngologist) or an oral surgeon would be good people to visit to have warts remo... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Depends on patient.: For a woman between the ages of 30 and 65, if a baseline pap test is negative and the patient also has a negative hpv dna result (dual negative findin... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
)Yes.: If you have a known lesion, it would be good to show it to the doctor. In some instances, anal hpv can cause warts and precancerous changes (dysplasi... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Months to years...: Every person has a unique response to viral infections based upon genetics, nutrition, other medical conditions, smoking, etc... Hiv can be present i... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
About a month...: Early HIV symptoms occur about one month after infection. These can include: fever, headache, fatigue, swollen lymph glands, and rash. These early HIV... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Often not a concern.: When urine is studied in a lab (urinalysis and/or culture), the lab staff will study the urine under a microscope. They may see (or culture) bacteria... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Excision.: The most common type of "fatty tumor" is called a lipoma. These tumors are benign and are often felt / palpated underneath the skin on the trunk and ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Most often smokers..: Dip stands for desquamative interstitial pneumonia. It was first described in 1956. Occurs most commonly in middle-aged adults who are cigarette smok... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Ultrasound: If an ovarian tumor is suspected, then imaging studies (such as ultrasonography) may be conducted. This will give "pictures" of the ovaries and other... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Pleural effusion...: An accumulation of fluid around the lungs is called a pleural effusion. Effusions can be cause by a number of different disorders including but not l... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Yes: Infections of the eye are possible. These can involve the conjunctiva (outer lining) or the deeper structures of the eye proper. Eye infections can ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
HPV is an infection.: Genital hpv is a sexually transmitted viral infection. It is spread by close physical contact (vaginal sex, anal sex, oral sex, etc...). If a person... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
About a month...: Early HIV symptoms occur about one month after infection. These can include: fever, headache, fatigue, swollen lymph glands, and rash. These early HIV... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Sweats possible...: Early HIV symptoms occur about one month after infection. These can include: fever, headache, fatigue, swollen lymph glands, and rash. These early HIV... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Antifungal ointments: Skin fungus (ringworm) is best treated with over the counter antifungal lotions containing agents such as miconazole, terbinafine, clotrimazole, ketoc... Read More

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
Dec 10, 2013
Dr. Sturgis has the rare gift of being a talented pathologist who contributes a lot to basic science literature in pathology while also being able to answer clinical medical questions in a succinct ye...Read More
Jul 19, 2013
Very timely and accurate responses.
HealthTap member
Dec 16, 2012
Dr. Sturgis was one of the most kind, informative, patient doctors I have ever met with. He made absolute sure that I understood everything he explained, gave me enough time to ask all my questions, ...Read More
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Thank you for taking the time to answer questions from your patients the best doctors I have ever had were the ones that took time to talk and most importantly listen to what was being said.
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Recently my boyfriend has experienced redness, soreness and cuts on his penis and I kindof feel a little funny in my vagina.
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Kansas School of Medicine, KS
Graduated 1992MD

Residency

Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center

Awards

Bayer Recognition Award for Research in Clinical Microbiology, Department of Pathology Northwestern University
Top Doctor, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, 2012
Top Doctor, First Place, Everett, WA - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
College of American Pathologists
American Society for Clinical Pathology
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