The Department of Pathology at UC San Diego, including the Division of Anatomic Pathology, has long promoted excellence in diagnostic services, teaching, and research.
Anatomic Pathology services at the UC San Diego encompass surgical pathology, cytopathology, and autopsy pathology. All diagnostic pathology material (including approximately 31,000 surgical & 16,000 cytology's per year) received from our two major teaching hospitals (Hillcrest Hospital and Jacobs Medical Center) is triaged to seven specialty oriented benches organized by organ system. These centers of excellence include 1) breast pathology, 2) gynecologic pathology, 3) gastrointestinal/hepatobiliary pathology, 4) genitourinary and medical renal pathology, 5) head, neck and cardiothoracic pathology, 6) orthopedic and soft tissue pathology, and 7) general surgical pathology. Material in these subspecialties is signed out by diagnostic pathologists who have particular subspecialty interest and training in that organ system. This approach provides patients with the best care and physicians with ideal collaborative relationships for bench-to-bedside investigation. Our perinatal and obstetric pathology program encompasses everything from perinatal diagnostic pathology to perinatal autopsy, and includes a well-recognized placental and obstetric pathology service. The general surgical pathology material is shared by all of the diagnostic pathology faculty, as is operating room coverage and 24/7 night call.
Autopsies are performed by the autopsy service (approximately 100 per year). It is the mission of the autopsy service to determine the cause of death as accurately and completely as possible. In addition, the goal is to search for diseases with implications for surviving family members, support research, educate pathology residents and medical students, scrutinize the clinical history and anatomic findings for implications about how the care of patients could be improved, and to bring these implications to the appropriate forums to maintain and improve patient care.
The clinical practice of Anatomic Pathology at UC San Diego is supported by several state of the art laboratories based at Jacobs Medical Center, including a large macroscopic center (gross room), as well as the immunohistochemistry, histology, cytology, electron microscopy, autopsy and immunofluorescence laboratories. A robust case refferals unit handles pathologic material for patients whose clinical care are being transferred into or out of UC San Diego Health. This unit also coordinates the activities of the division where they interface with the clinical trials and external investigators, as well as cases sent to UC San Diego Health for second opinion.
As a group, we continuously strive for excellence in diagnosis, teaching, and research, and we take pride in providing the best possible care for our patients.
Meet our Anatomic Pathology Faculty: