Role of Pathologist

An Anatomic Pathologist…

  • Examines tissue obtained by a biopsy or other surgical procedures.
  • Evaluates the tissue for indications of disease.
  • Communicates and consults with your doctor regarding the nature and prognosis of specific diseases.
  • Develops new and enhanced laboratory procedures to ensure more accurate and timely diagnosis.
  • Monitors the quality of test results generated by other members of the laboratory team (i.e., cytotechnologists – Pap smears).

A Clinical Pathologist…

  • Monitors all laboratory testing to ensure your test results are accurate and timely.
  • Examines specific blood and other body fluids as necessary.
  • Communicates with your doctor regarding unexpected or abnormal laboratory results as necessary.
  • Consults with your doctor as needed – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Develops new and enhanced laboratory procedures to better monitor blood and other body fluids for disease processes.
  • Implements improved, more cost-effective procedures and tests.
  • Educates doctors and other healthcare professionals about new tests and the best use of all tests.