Even though you will likely never meet your pathologist, they are working hard to provide you the best medical care possible and are an integral part of your "behind the scenes" care team.
Pathology is a medical sub-specialty concerned with the diagnosis of various disease states by understanding their unique causes, pathways, and manifestations within the human body. Any fluid or tissue obtained from a patient will pass through the Department of Pathology for various testing and analysis.
Pathologists are medical doctors who have completed medical school, followed by residency in pathology, and frequently followed by sub-specialty training. Most pathologists practice both Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology, but have a specialization within one of these areas.
UM BWMC's pathologists play a critical role in establishing the diagnosis and determining the treatment management of patients, including active participation in intradepartmental tumor boards and communicating complex diagnoses in an understandable way to oncologists, radiologists, and surgeons. Pathologists coordinate ancillary genetic testing that determines what targeted therapy may benefit a patient with cancer. Pathologists also determine if a donor organ is acceptable for transplantation. Within Clinical Pathology, pathologists interpret complex laboratory results, such as genetic tests and blood coagulation panels.
Our Department of Pathology works in partnership with our Laboratory and departments of medical services and surgical services. Pathology can be reached at 410-787-4545.