Pathologist as a Physician

A pathologist is a medical doctor who specializes in examining tissues processed and mounted on a glass slide for viewing under a microscope. Additionally, pathologists direct the operation of clinical laboratories, including blood banks, clinical chemistry, hematology, and microbiology. Pathologists act as consultants to other physicians and directly make diagnoses from the tissues that they examine. Such diagnoses are often aided by special techniques that can be applied to these tissues, often adding not merely specificity to diagnoses, but prognostic information as well.