Cytopathology

Overview

The cytopathology division of the department of pathology and laboratory medicine at Northwell health offers a complete test menu including conventional and ThinPrep Pap Test, fine needle aspiration (FNA), and non-gynecologic cytology. Our pathologists play a vital role in the diagnosis, triage and treatment of gynecologic, urologic, thyroid, pulmonary and pancreatic conditions and a wide range of other disease processes.

Experience

For more than 25 years, the cytopathology laboratory has provided accurate diagnosis for the community, serving patients and physicians. More than 150,000 specimens are processed and analyzed every year by highly skilled laboratory personnel, cytotechnologists and experienced board-certified cytopathologists with vast knowledge and diagnostic experience. Our staff is involved in the education of residents and fellows, forging the new generation of pathologists. 

Our team is passionately committed to producing high-quality research that seeks to advance scholarly developments with publications in high tier peer reviewed journals.

The Northwell cytopathology division provides excellent patient centered care by offering personalized customer service to patients and physicians. Diagnosis and treatment is personal, and our team is dedicated to providing quality care with a timely and accurate diagnosis. 

Expertise

Kasturi Das, MBBS

  • Associate Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Ilan Reder, MD

  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Rubina Shaheen Cocker, MD

  • Associate Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Alice Laser, MD

  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Cecilia Elena Gimenez, MD

  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Timely results

The diagnosis of fine needle aspiration and non-gynecologic specimens is completed in 24-48 hours and the Pap tests are completed in three days.

Special services

Fine needle aspiration (FNA) of palpable lesions is performed by board-certified cytopathologists who in addition have CAP training and certification in the art of performing ultrasound-guided FNA biopsies of non-palpable thyroid nodules. This offers the advantage of both rapid preliminary diagnoses in the majority of cases and procurement of adequate material for cases that may require additional work-up including immunohistochemistry, molecular analysis and flow cytometry. On-site microscopic adequacy assessment is also offered to radiologist and endoscopists to ensure proper collection, triaging and cellular adequacy. The cytopathology faculty has special expertise in thyroid, pediatric, urologic and pulmonary diseases, among others.

We offer ThinPrep Imaging System, a semi-automated screening device that increases pap test accuracy. Specimens are collected in liquid-based fixative and processed as monolayer preparation. We also offer a complete non-gynecologic test menu for virtually any cytopathology specimens: urine, effusions, cysts, washings and brushings.

Second opinions are available to physicians and patients to confirm previously diagnosed cytopathology specimens.

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