Even though they usually work behind the scenes, pathologists at UT Southwestern Medical Center play an important role in patient care. Sometimes called the doctors’ doctors, pathologists work side by side with physicians, surgeons, and other health care providers to accurately interpret specimens and tests to diagnose diseases, inform treatments, and provide important medical information to the health care team.
Our Pathology Department provides services in these areas:
- Anatomical pathology
- Conducts autopsies
- Clinical pathology
- Conducts laboratory-based analysis of blood and other body fluids, as well as blood banking and transfusions; includes chemistry, hematology, and microbiology labs
- Surgical pathology
- Conducts tissue-based analysis, which includes studying specimens taken during surgery and biopsies; often performed in a room adjacent to operating room to facilitate additional surgery when needed; determines cancer type and stage; drives treatment and prognosis
We have 115 pathologists on our faculty, and many more resident pathologists in training. That depth allows our pathologists to specialize in specific areas of interest and bring greater expertise to patients’ cases.
Our clinical pathologists perform more than 15 million tests each year for patients at UT Southwestern clinics, UT Southwestern University Hospitals, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Children’s Medical Center, and the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Also, because of the size of our pathology department, we assist smaller hospitals and labs from across the North Texas region with timely testing and diagnoses for their patients.
Our pathology research focuses on the cell and molecular mechanisms of disease and teaches us more about a vast range of diseases and their treatment. As our scientists make discoveries in the laboratories, those findings can quickly be translated into patient care.