Surgical pathology is the study of tissues removed from living patients during surgery to help diagnose a disease and determine a treatment plan.
Often, the surgical pathologist provides consultation services in a wide variety of organ systems and medical subspecialties. Surgical pathologists provide diagnostic information and/or second opinions.
Pathologists are consulted to:
Distinguish between benign (noncancerous) and malignant (cancerous) white blood cells
Detect early genetic changes that may result in cancer
Identify infectious agents in body tissues
Surgical pathology can be subdivided by organ system. Click on the blue-highlighted organ system below to get started.