The Dermatopathology service performs over 14,000 patient biopsies per year from hospital-based clinics, inpatient service and ambulatory care settings from the community.
The laboratory has an extensive menu of immunocytochemical stains, in-situ hybridization test, and molecular studies for T and B cell gene rearrangements and B-raf mutation analysis available.
Services consist of a mixture of office based dermatology samples with consultations and major skin and soft tissue excisions for cutaneous malignancies, including multiple samples for evaluation of melanoma in sentinel lymph nodes.
Dermatopathology teaching occurs on a daily basis at the multiheaded microscope located in Surgical Pathology. Dermatology residents, pathology residents and visiting fellows participate in the signout. When possible, pathology residents are invited to accompany the dermatology resident to round on particularly interesting patient’s from the inpatient service.
Teaching also occurs through unknown slide sessions, slides quizzes and formal lectures, at least once monthly. Clinical conferences include bi-monthly dermatology Grand Rounds, a tumor board in which complex skin cancers are discussed in a multidisciplinary format, and quarterly Dermatology-Rheumatology Grand Rounds in which complex rheumatologic patients are discussed in conjunction with an outside speaker.
For questions, please call the main Surgical Pathology office at (585) 275-3184.