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last modified 2013-08-22 14:55 — by Erica Jessop
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Phone Number: (801) 581-2507

Location: HCH N3100 Huntsman Cancer Hospital

Supporting Staff: Erica M Jessop  

About Anatomic Pathology

The Division of Anatomic Pathology provides a full range of consultative and diagnostic services. As a patient-care oriented testing laboratory, value is placed on diagnostic accuracy, state-of-the-art technology, and service. Specialized testing, using the most current techniques, are performed on peripheral blood, bone marrow, and specimens obtained by surgery of fine-needle aspiration biopsy.

Faculty members in the division perform several functions:

  • They provide diagnostic and prognostic examinations for patient care. This includes immunohistochemistry in which cellular antigens are demonstrated on slides. In addition, in-situ hybridization, electron microscopy, and immunofluorescence are performed.
  • In keeping with the research mission of the department, they perform studies relevant to the diagnosis and prognosis of human disease, including slide-based PCR, FISH, and other molecular pathology techniques.
  • Faculty are involved in the training of pathology residents and the education of medical students, graduate students, and the clinical faculty at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center.

Our anatomic pathology faculty are experts in the study and diagnosis of disease processes. They provide advice to other physicians regarding diagnostic tests, examination results, and appropriate treatments. Pathology touches on all aspects of medicine. Its objective-to understand the nature of human disease-is the foundation of scientific medicine.

All tissues obtained from biopsy or surgery are examined by a pathologist who makes a diagnosis. Such consultations assist surgeons with the decision whether or not to remove tissues during surgery. Pathologists may provide immediate information to the surgeon which assures the best result possible for the patient.

Traditional microscopic examination is now complemented by a sophisticated array of immunohistochemical, ultra microscopic, and molecular biologic techniques. Genetic analysis of DNA or chromosomes in cells are examples of these new techniques which allow more accurate and timely diagnosis on small biopsies and cell samples.

Mailing Address

Huntsman Cancer Hospital
1950 Circle of Hope RM N3100
Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Nephropathologist Position
The University of Utah Department of Pathology seeks faculty nephropathologist board certified in anatomic pathology at the assistant, associate or full professor level, in either the clinical or tenure track.
Surgical Pathology Position
The Division of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology at the University of Utah, University Health Care School of Medicine seeks a board certified anatomic pathologist.
Department Faculty speaking at CAP'13
The CAP ’13 meeting will feature several speakers from the University of Utah, Department of Pathology. The following Department faculty will be speaking at the conference:
Cytopathology Case Reports
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