You are healthier because of the medical expertise of pathologists, who are physicians committed to accurately diagnosing disease so that you can begin treatment.
Every time you get blood drawn or have tissue analyzed during surgery, a pathologist is working with your primary care physician or surgeon to provide an accurate diagnosis and develop the right treatment for you.
Diagnosis is not only the prerequisite for treatment, it is also the point at which healing begins.
Reviewing your pathology report can be a bit daunting. Here's a resource to help guide you through understanding your report.Download the overview
Kalisha A. Hill, MD, FCAP is a mother, a runner and a pathologist. She believes that a healthy lifestyle can prevent many of the diseases she diagnoses every day. You’ll meet her, learn about her expertise and see why her clinical partners rely on her diagnoses to guide their treatment decisions. Healing begins with her and that’s what patients count on for their care.
Some community hospitals don't have pathology units on site. That's why pathologist James E. Richard, DO, FCAP took it upon himself to convert a retired ambulance into a pathology unit on wheels. The mobile unit allows Dr. Richard to visit small hospitals and outpatient surgery centers where in-house pathology expertise, a critical piece of promoting patient health, is in short supply.
In this video, you'll see a surgeon operating on a 91-year-old woman. Staff from the operating room deliver a section of her tissue to Dr. Richard's mobile unit in the hospital's parking lot. Because of the close proximity the mobile unit provides, Dr. Richard is able to examine the specimen immediately and communicates a diagnosis to the surgeon in real time.
When Martina Wood received a diagnosis of stage 2 breast cancer, she was scared for her life. She also wanted answers to her questions about the disease and how to best move forward with her treatment.
Seventy percent of all patient care decisions are based on a pathologist’s diagnosis, and yet most patients have never met the physicians responsible for guiding their treatment. Follow Martina on her journey for answers, a journey that ultimately leads her to building a partnership with her pathologist.