What Is a Pathologist?
A pathologist is a consulting physician who specializes in the study of tissue and cells (Anatomic Pathology) and blood or other body fluids (Clinical Pathology). Even though your pathologist is involved in caring for you, you will probably never see him or her. Pathologists work behind the scenes providing diagnostic information to your doctor.
What are the duties of an Anatomic Pathologist?
What Clinical Tests Do Pathologists Interpret?
Hematology - determines the type and number of blood cells (e.g. white blood cell count).
Coagulation - determines the blood's ability to clot (e.g. prothrombin time).
Chemistry - determines the chemical make-up of blood (e.g. cholesterol level).
Microbiology - determines the presence of bacteria or other organisms in blood, other body fluids, or tissue (e.g. throat cultures).
Blood Bank - determines the appropriate blood units and components to be used in a transfusion.
What are the duties of a Clinical Pathologist?
We perform postmortem examinations at the request of physicians and with the written permission of next of kin (family member with power of attorney)