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What is a Dermatopathologist?

We know that you may have a thousand questions and may be unsure about where to find answers. We've provided a short list of resources with answers to our patients' most common questions.

What does a Pathologist do?
What is a Dermatopathologist?
Dermatopathologists are experts on diseases of the skin, hair and nails that examine your biopsy under a microscope to reach a more specific and helpful diagnosis for your treating physician.

After residency training in pathology (or dermatology) dermatopathologists undergo an additional 1-2 years in fellowship training, followed by board certification. Skin disease has many unique aspects that at times can make the correct diagnosis very challenging.

Dermatopathologists study your biopsy in the context of the the clinical history provided in order to render a more accurate and specific diagnosis. Dermatopathologists work closely with your treating physician on difficult cases to
help guide the most appropriate therapy and treatment.
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