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Anatomic Pathology: General Info

Anatomic pathology is a division of the Department of Laboratory Medicine at Martha Jefferson Hospital. It is located on the ground floor of the Cardwell Center and includes the disciplines of Cytology, Surgical Pathology, Histology, Immunohistochemistry, Flow Cytometry, Cytogenetics and Autopsy Pathology.

Every effort is made to provide the physician with a diagnosis in a timely fashion. Therefore your cooperation in delivering specimens with the appropriate Consultation Request (Surgical/Cytology or Gynecologic), complete with pertinent history, demographics, ICD-10 code, and pre-op/post-op diagnosis, will expedite the process.

The hours of the Anatomic Pathology department are 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday. On call services are available 24/7.

The phone numbers for the Anatomic Pathology department are:

654-7955 Pathologists
654-7955 Transcriptionist (for completed reports)
654-7188 Anatomic Pathology Laboratory
654-7775 Cytology Laboratory
654-7170 Clinical Laboratory Central Receiving

The following procedures are offered on a "STAT" basis:

Frozen Sections
Intraoperative Consultations
Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsies

Priority of cases will be as follows:

Surgical patients under general anesthesia
Surgical patients under local anesthesia
Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsies

  • OR
  • Medical Imaging
  • Endoscopy Center
  • Other Inpatients
  • Physician Offices


Specimen Requirements:

  1. Specimens must be in a leakproof container with appropriate biohazard and/or formalin warning labels.
  2. Specimens should be labeled, bagged and accompanied by a completed Consultation Request (Surgical/Cytology or Gynecologic) as appropriate.
  3. Deliver specimens to Anatomic Pathology. On weekends, holidays, and after 5:00 pm weekdays, place specimens in the walk-in refrigerator in the main lab. Pathology and Cytology specimens go in the blue transport bag marked Histology Specimens.