Anatomic Pathology

Anatomic pathology provides services in Surgical Pathology, Cytopathology, Hematopathology, Molecular Pathology, and Autopsy (Medical) pathology. Currently, this constitutes more than 17,000 surgical, approximately 7,400 cytology specimens, and 20-25 autopsies a year. Our pathologists participate in multidisciplinary patient care tumor boards and disease site research groups (breast, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, gynecologic, head and neck, soft tissue and melanoma, thoracic, CNS, pediatric, and hematopoietic) providing comprehensive patient care and promoting research into the cause, cure, and prevention of these malignancies. The clinical material is a combination of in-house procedures and referral & second opinion requests. Our pathologists with clinical expertise in particular organ systems will be happy to provide a second opinion.

In addition to their clinical care and research missions, the faculty in the Division of Anatomic Pathology has a mission to train medical students, residents, and fellows. An ACGME accredited Oncologic Surgical Pathology Fellowship is offered. In addition, medical students and pathology residents from the State University of New York at Buffalo rotate through the department. Fellows and residents from other departments within and outside of RPCI are also welcome.

Available resources in the Division include automated immunohistochemistry (Dako Autostainers), in-situ hybridization (FISH), digital photomicroscopy, voice recognition dictation (Dragon), Tamtron information system, as well as a full range of services to support the scientific mission of the Department and Institute. The research support services are incorporated into the Pathology Resource Network and include a Tissue Microarray library, Laser Capture Microdissection (Veritas Arcturus), DNA/RNA extraction, digital imaging (Arperio), paraffin archive services, and tissue procurement for fresh tissue and for cryopreservation. A robust clinical data network to support the research activity is under development. The Institutes’ Laboratory Information System (LIMS, Labvantage Inc.) will provide inventory management of specimens, diagnostic pathology data, and basic patient characteristics to further support the research mission.