Pathology Consultation Services

Our consultation service provides expert consultation and second opinion in a broad range of subspecialties, including dermatopathology. Comprehensive consultation and case review with a diagnostic expert entails routine H & E interpretation, in our state-of-the-art, full-service laboratory, and ability to utilize a large array of immunohistochemical markers including estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor, HER-2/neu, EGFR mutation, KRAS, BRAF, HPV, etc. Rapid turnaround time with immediate faxing of final report and immediate notification of minor/major discrepancies occurs.

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Moffitt Cancer Center is a complete teaching and clinical facility located at the main campus of the University of South Florida in Tampa. Pathology is organized into three distinct divisions: Anatomic Pathology, Hematopathology and Laboratory Medicine. The consultation service offers comprehensive consultation in all anatomic pathology, cytology, immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry, cytogenetics and molecular diagnostics. Our laboratories are state-of-the-art facilities that use the most up-to-date techniques and equipment, thereby guaranteeing the highest degree of service excellence. It is staffed by more than 30 MDs and PhD scientists, all full-time board-certified with expertise in a wide range of pathology subspecialties. A staff of highly trained medical technologists is supported by clerical personnel, assuring rapid turnaround times and efficient reporting of test results.

Consultation Services in Hematopathology and Laboratory Medicine

Our Hematopathology Consultation Service offer physicians and patients an unsurpassed level of expertise, state-of-the-art scientific analysis and personal attention. We provide a single, comprehensive hematopathology consultation report containing detailed diagnostic and progsnotic information. For patients with multiple samples, a systematic comparative evaluation is used to address issues such as disease progression as well as response to therapy. When seeking a second opinion, clients and patients are provided with clear evidence-based interpretation which takes into consideration the clinical presentation and the disease history.

Clinical Pathology laboratories include Hematology, Clinical Chemistry, Microbiology, Virology, Immunology, Blood Bank (transfusion medicine), and the HLA Laboratory and Laboratory Data Management. Esoteric testing includes Flow Cytometry for immunophenotyping and DNA analysis of hematologic malignancies, as well as molecular studies for evaluation of hematologic disorders, HLA typing, pharmacogenomics (genetic susceptibility to drug toxicity) and rapid identification and quantitation of infectious organisms. Our pathologists act as consultants to the clinician, defining appropriate tests and interpreting their results. After diagnosis, additional tests may be performed to assess prognosis, progression of the disease and response to treatment. Our pathologists and clinical laboratories are actively involved in the translation of new discoveries into clinical diagnostics, with new testing and new methodologies being added continuously.

Diagnostic modalities include bone marrow, body fluid and peripheral blood interpretation, flow cytometry, lymph node pathology and evaluation of extranodal lymphoid disorders.

Referring physicians and their patients benefit from:

  • Consultation and case review by a board certified expert in the field
  • Difficult cases discussed in departmental conference
  • State-of-the-art flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry and molecular laboratories
  • Efficient personal attention and timely reporting
  • Reporting includes all diagnostic information and on a case by case basis, it may include the following:
    • Morphology: A concise morphologic synopsis of any relevant findings, such as a manual differential count
    • Immunohistochemistry: Over 300 IHC stains which may be necessary for diagnosis and prognosis of disease
    • Flow Cytometry: Multi-color flow cytometric analysis for lymphomas, leukemias and multiple myeloma
    • IHC for Multiple Myeloma
    • Molecular Pathology: As needed
    • FISH, Gene Re-arrangement studies
    • Cytogenetics

Consultation Services in Surgical Pathology

Our consultation service provides expert consultation and second opinion in a broad range of subspecialties:

  • Breast Pathology
  • Cytogenetics
  • Cytopathology
  • Dermatopathology
  • Endocrine Pathology
  • Gastrointestestinal and Liver Pathology
  • Genito-Urinary Pathology
  • Gynecologic Pathology
  • Hematopathology
  • Molecular Pathology
  • Neuropathology
  • Pulmonary Pathology
  • Renal Pathology
  • Surgical Pathology

Referring pathologists, physicians and their patients will benefit from:

  • Comprehensive consultation and case review with a diagnostic expert within the subspecialty which entails routine H&E interpretation
  • A state-of-the-art, full-service laboratory
  • Rapid turnaround time with final report faxed immediately and immediate notification of minor/major discrepancies
  • Utilization of a large array of immunohistochemical markers including estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor, HER-2/neu, EGFR mutation, KRAS, BRAF, HPV, etc.
  • Peer discussion and case presentation in daily conference
  • The quality of work is continuously monitored by internal and external quality control programs, by participation in proficiency testing and by participation in hospital-wide quality improvement programs