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Anatomic Pathology Laboratory

About Us

Surgical Pathology is the study of tissues removed from living patients during surgery (in OR or clinics) to help diagnose a disease and determine a treatment plan. The surgical pathologist provides consultation services in a wide variety of organ systems and medical subspecialties. Surgical pathology includes both the physical exam of the tissue with the naked eye, as well as examining processed tissue under a microscope. The surgical pathologist may order and review special stains, immunohistochemical stains and techniques that involve molecular diagnostics (DNA/RNA analysis).


Certain procedures require special preparation/processing and need to be closely coordinated with the DH Surgical Pathology Laboratory.  These procedures may include:  frozen sections, kidney biopsies, lymphoma workups and any tissue requiring electron microscopy studies, enzyme histochemistry, touch imprints and specimens that need to be expedited. The techniques for handling these specimens vary depending on the type of information desired by the attending physician. The DH Surgical Pathology Laboratory should be notified prior to these procedures so that the tissue is processed properly.  Call (603)650-7216 to alert personnel to special procedures.


Our board-certified pathologists are experts in most subspecialty areas and offer complete services for all Surgical Pathology needs. Areas of intense subspecialty interest include the fields of gynecologic pathology, gestational and reproductive pathology, breast pathology, gastroenterologic and hepatic pathology, genitourinary and renal pathology, cardiothoracic pathology, bone and soft tissue pathology, dermatopathology, hematopathology and neuropathology.