Surgical Pathology focuses on the analysis of tissues, or even organs, that are removed from living patients during a surgery. The surgical pathologist examines the specimen to help diagnose the disease or problem and formulate a treatment plan. The division of surgical pathology is the largest division within the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. The service provides comprehensive diagnostic services.
The faculty members of the division fully participate in the teaching programs of the hospital and medical school. On average, each year, over 20,000 cases with broad range and scope of disease processes are examined with turnaround time of two to three days on cases not requiring additional studies.
The surgical pathology subspecialties include dermatopathology, hematopathology, breast pathology, gynecological pathology, renal pathology, neuropathology and pediatric pathology. Each of the subspecialities from a working group led by a senior pathologist. Each subspecialty provides a framework for collaboration and academic pursuits.
The division of surgical pathology engages in a variety of multidisciplinary tumor boards and case conferences to discuss patient cases, as well as daily departmental consensus conferences. The multidisciplinary teams that are present at each conference assist with developing a comprehensive treatment plan for select patients. These conferences offer a unique learning opportunity for ECU faculty and regional providers. As an added benefit these conferences also provide CME credit.