The service is staffed by two board certified dermatopathologists. The greatest strength of our practice is the quality of the physicians who “read” the slides!
This combination of an experienced pathologist and an academically engaged dermatologist provides a synergy for diagnostic acumen for the patients served by Mission Pathology Consultants. Our goal is clear and concise diagnosis reporting “couched” in the language of the clinician. Moreover, this team approach is utilized by reading slides together in selected and difficult cases to enhance the quality of the care provided. We are also able to provide clinicopathologic correlation with a detailed description of the clinical lesion which can be enhanced if clinical photographs can be sent to us.
An additional benefit of our Mission Pathology umbrella is the ability to draw on the expertise of other subspecialty pathologists in our group who have additional training in diverse areas of pathology. For example, we can consult our own internal experts in blood and bone marrow pathology in cases of cutaneous lymphoma and leukemia.
By collaborating with Cottage Health/Pacific Diagnostic Laboratories we are able to provide excellent turnaround time for our reports. Of course, because the laboratory is a modern, state-of-the-art facility, we can obtain a whole host of specialized testing. However, we pride ourselves in using such ancillary methods only when necessary in the care of the patient to arrive at a specific, meaningful diagnosis. With that borne in mind, we are able to provide the most accurate and cost-effective skin biopsy reading.