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What does a Pathologist do?

We know that you may have a thousand questions and may be unsure about where to find answers. We've provided a short list of resources with answers to our patients' most common questions.

What does a Pathologist do?
What is a Dermatopathologist?
Pathologists are the doctors that specialize in the “Testing and Diagnosis”. They are physicians (M.D. or D.O.) that have had 4-5 years of residency training in all aspects of “The Lab” following 4 years of medical school.

Pathology training encompasses microscopy, chemistry, hematology, blood and tissue banking, microbiology, parasitology, virology, forensic medicine…the list goes on to include everything you can think of when it comes to medical testing. Many pathologists now sub-specialize just like internists or surgeons to focus their practice on specific organ systems, such as the skin or nervous system for example, and get additional training and certification in these areas.

Independent medical laboratories and hospitals usually have a pathologist director
to provide professional leadership as well as ensure quality performance and
interconnectivity with the medical staff. Without a well-run laboratory most physicians
today would be unable to practice modern medicine.
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