Surgical Pathology Laboratories

HISTOLOGY  LABORATORY ASSOCIATE CHAIR & CLINICAL CONSULTANT:                       Stacey E. Mills, M.D.

CLINICAL CONSULTANT:                       Mark H. Stoler, M.D.

Mark R. Wick, M.D.

MANAGER:                                          Pat Toms, HT (ASCP) 971-6181 (pager)

LOCATION:                                         Third Floor, Hospital Expansion Building

Room 3072

TELEPHONE:                                       924-2056 (Lab)

HOURS:                                             6:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Monday - Friday

The Histology Laboratory performs routine tissue and cell block processing/embedding/sectioning, H & E staining. Weekend service limited to extraordinary circumstances with prearranged approval by attending pathologist on call.

HISTOLOGY SPECIAL STAINS LABORATORY

LABORATORY DIRECTOR &

CLINICAL CONSULTANT                        Mark H. Stoler, M.D.

MANAGER:                                         Pat Toms, HT (ASCP), 971-6181 (pager)

LOCATION:                                        Third Floor, Hospital Expansion Building

Room 3072

TELEPHONE:                                      924-9179

HOURS:                                            6:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

This laboratory performs all special stains for surgical and cytology tissue specimens.  Requests for these special stains from outside departments for research are performed as workload permits and charged to the requesting division.

 

 

SPECIAL TISSUE LABORATORY

 

LABORATORY DIRECTOR:                     M. Beatriz S. Lopes, M.D.

MANAGER:                                         Pat Toms, HT (ASCP), 971-6181 (pager)

LOCATION:                                        Third Floor, Hospital Expansion Building

Room 3050

TELEPHONE:                                      924-9188 (Lab), 982-4293 (Office)

HOURS:                                             7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday

The Special Tissue Laboratory offers a wide range of services in Neuropathology which include Anti-Neuronal antibody testing, tissue processing/embedding/sectioning/staining of muscle, peripheral nerve, brain tissue, and pituitary. Special neurohistochemistry stains, enzyme histochemistry and special peripheral nerve fiber preparations are available. In addition this laboratory performs tissue immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and autopsy tissue processing/sectioning/staining.

 

SURGICAL PATHOLOGY EAST LABORATORY

 

ASSOCIATE CHAIR                              Stacey E. Mills, M.D.

LABORATORY DIRECTOR &

CLINICAL CONSULTANT                       Mark H. Stoler, M.D.

MANAGER:                                        Pat Toms, HT (ASCP), 971-6181 (pager)

LOCATION:                                       2 nd Floor University Hospital, Room 2642

TELEPHONE:                                     924-9162, 924-9163

HOURS:                                           7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday

This laboratory is responsible for receiving all fresh tissues for histologic analysis including immediate frozen section analysis, gross dissection and processing for histologic diagnosis, as well as preparation of aliquots for frozen archives, tissue banking, flow cytometry or other special studies. Surg. Path East is also responsible for Renal Tissue identification as well as allocation for testing for Renal and Derm Immunofluorescence. Routine small biopsy specimens (except for lymph nodes or other special tissue which require handling as fresh specimens) must be submitted to this laboratory in a formalin filled container labeled with the patient's name, history number, and type of tissue. Larger specimens, i.e. partial or whole organs, may be submitted with appropriate labeling, fresh in appropriately sized plastic containers. Formalin may be obtained from the Hospital Storeroom, extension 924-9467, or from Surgical Pathology East Laboratory.

All specimens must be accompanied by a Surgical Pathology request form. The form must contain all pertinent data including:

  • ICD-9 diagnosis code
  • Patient's name, history number, date of birth
  • Name of attending physician requesting test (not a resident or fellow)
  • Clinic, ward, or service generating the specimen
  • Type or source of specimen, date of collection
  • All pertinent clinical history or other data relating to the requested evaluation

This information is essential for the efficient processing and correct evaluation of each surgical specimen.

Specimens submitted after 4:30 p.m. will be processed as a routine the following day unless prior arrangements have been made.

Acknowledgement of receipt of specimens into the laboratory is indicated by the laboratory time/date stamp. Each specimen is clocked in when it arrives in the laboratory using the time/date machine.

 

IMMUNOHISTOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY

 

LABORATORY DIRECTOR &

CLINICAL CONSULTANT                       Mark R. Wick, M.D.

MANAGER:                                        Pat Toms, HT (ASCP), 971-6181 (pager)

LOCATION:                                      3 rd Floor Hospital Expansion Building

Room 3072

TELEPHONE:                                    924-9164

HOURS:                                          6:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

This laboratory performs all Immunohistochemistry for surgical, cytology, and autopsy tissue specimens. Requests for these special stains from outside departments or for research are performed as workload permits and charged to the requesting division.

 

CRITERIA FOR SPECIMEN REJECTION

The laboratory reserves the right to reject specimens that are submitted in an improper manner.  Criteria for rejection include:

  • Inadequate identification of the specimen container
  • Vital information not given on the surgical pathology request form (e.g., type of specimen, patient name or history number, patient location, date of collection, etc.)
  • Unacceptable packaging of the specimen
  • Improper fixation of the specimen
  • Requested test not performed in the laboratory
  • Specimen from an unauthorized source

The policies described here are in accordance with the requirements for submitting all laboratory specimens as listed by Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the CLIA (Federal) regulations.  These requirements clearly state that it is the responsibility of the physicians requesting laboratory tests to submit the item in the prescribed manner and to provide certain basic information concerning the patient and the specimen.

All questions concerning Surgical Pathology specimens should be directed the department manager.