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What is Dermatopathology?

Dermatopathology is a joint subspecialty of dermatology and pathology and to a lesser extent of surgical pathology that focuses on the study of cutaneous diseases at a microscopic and molecular level.  An expert such as a dermatopathologist is required to make accurate diagnoses of skin disease. Having knowledge of the clinical conditions is paramount, so dual training in dermatology and pathology is advantageous. A dermatopathologist who has completed an ACGME-accredited fellowship program has effectively cross-trained in both dermatology and pathology.

     Discrepancies in dermatopathology diagnoses: The role of second review policies and dermatopathology fellowship training. Gaudi, Sudeep et al. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology , Volume 68 , Issue 1 , 119 - 128

Our Services

A skin biopsy requires a dermatopathology expert to achieve the highest level of interpretation. Dr. Brian Hinds is Director of the UC San Diego Health Dermatopathology Lab and board-certified in dermatology/dermatopathology. With highly specialized training, Dr. Hinds is committed to achieving clinicopathologic correlation that enables concrete, accurate diagnoses for all patients. (Please click the photo on the right to learn more about Dr. Hinds) 

Our Dermatopathology Laboratory is committed to providing value through a trusted relationship with our contributors, who seek high quality diagnostic services for their patients. We serve as a high-volume referral center for the local community and Southern California as a whole, addressing the full gamut of skin disease. Our dermatopathology laboratory is CLIA-certified and offers an extensive menu of services. We provide over 60 in-house immunoperoxidase and special stains that enhance diagnostic specificity. The reporting style ensures full clarity and accuracy in diagnosis for contributors as well as patients. To reduce patient anxiety surrounding skin biopsies, we offer 24-hour lab-to-clinic turnaround for routine specimens, and perform complex studies within 24-72hrs. For complex tumors (melanocytic, adnexal, lymphoid, etc) and genodermatoses, we have partnered with the UC San Diego Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine (CALM) which gives access to world-class genomic methodologies, such as microarray analysis and next-generation sequencing. As a melanoma referral center, we join with our colleagues in the NCI-accredited Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health for comprehensive cancer care. We also provide a direct conduit to dermatology research laboratories within our Department of Dermatology, as we work closely with our talented investigative dermatologists.

We welcome the ability to collaborate with community dermatologists and surgical pathologists, as well as primary care physicians, pediatricians, internists, hematologists/oncologists, and surgeons to provide rapid interpretation of primary skin specimens or slide consultations for patients. We also accept direct requests from patients for second opinions.

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Brian Hinds, MD, Director, Dermatopathology Laboratory

Brianne Daniels, DO
Board-certified Dermatopathologist

For submission questions:
858-657-1285 or 858-657-1638​
Fax: 858-657-1610

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