Thoracic pathology


Thoracic pathology focuses on organs in the thoracic cavity, or chest cavity, located from the neck to the bottom of the ribs. This division of the body includes the lungs, heart, neck and thymus.

Pathologists are able to provide a diagnosis of pulmonary diseases and disorders that affect the lungs and breathing including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, influenza, pneumonia tuberculosis, and lung cancer. 


The thoracic pathology service in the Department of Pathology at Northwell Health provides a comprehensive diagnostic service for all aspects of thoracic pathology. The service works closely with medical pulmonary clinicians and thoracic oncology surgical and medical services to produce rapid interpretation of biopsies and large surgical oncology cases.


Michael John Esposito, MD

  • Chief - Thoracic Pathology Service of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Residency Program Director of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Associate Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Timely results

Results are usually available within 24 hours after the receipt of biopsies or medical test. Cases requiring additional work are usually complete within two to three days after receipt of a specimen.



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