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What is dermatopathology?

The Division of Dermatopathology provides diagnostic services in the interpretation of skin, nail and mucous membrane specimens. Our dermatopathologists work closely with dermatologists and other physicians who deal with the skin to diagnose and plan treatment for a wide variety of diseases including skin cancer. 

Our approach

We strive to provide specific and accurate diagnosis in each and every case and convey it in a clear, concise report. Our dermatopathology laboratory produces high quality hematoxylin and eosin stained slides from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded skin specimens. In addition, our laboratory provides a variety of special histochemical stains, immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence, which allow dermatopathologists to arrive at a specific and accurate diagnosis in unusual or difficult cases.

What to expect

Our dermatopathologists diagnose most specimens within 48 hours. Reports are sent by courier, mail, fax or electronic submission. All melanomas, unexpected high grade malignancies and serious inflammatory or infectious diseases are first reported by telephone. Our dermatopathologists are available to speak directly with referring physicians.

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