Surgical Pathology, Autopsy Pathology, and Cytopathology



The Laboratory offers a full range of anatomic pathology services.  The Surgical Pathology Suite is located on the second floor of the main building adjacent to the operating rooms.  The Autopsy Suite and Cytology are located in the Tower (Building 4) on the "A" level. 


All specimens processed through Surgical Pathology and Cytology should be accompanied by clinical information.    Pathologists are available for consultations and slide review in their offices on the fourth floor of Building 1.


Requests for special procedures, unusual specimens, or other non-routine studies should be discussed with the pathologist prior to submitting the specimen.


Special studies including flow cytometry, immunofluorescence, immunoperoxidase and other cytochemical staining are particularly important for some specimens.  Immediately after the specimen from a biopsy is collected, it is placed in a small sealed container and transported quickly to Surgical Pathology (2 main north) along with the completed test request.  This applies to lymph nodes, kidney, skin, muscle, nerve or other tissues.  Biopsy specimens should be hand delivered to Surgical Pathology. They should not be sent via the tube system.

Collection of Specimens - Tissue for Histologic Evaluation

Surgical Pathology turn around times:

In general, surgical pathology final reports (except placentas) will be completed within 3 days.

    Note: Unusual, complex or special specimens may require prolonged fixation before dissection, additional special stains, or consultation by an outside pathologist. In these cases, the final report may be significantly delayed.

Routine reporting of frozen section diagnosis for simple, single button frozen sections without photography, touch preps, multiple specimens or sections will be completed within 20 minutes.

     Note: Multiple specimens or sections, or additional procedures may require a longer turnaround time.