UofL Physicians – Pathology serves as a regional resource for the clinical laboratory services required for patient care, including biopsies that are used to diagnose cancer and other diseases. Pathology is responsible for making approximately 70% of patient diagnoses.
The pathology laboratory works to support key clinical services in the hospital and associated clinics, including the operating room, labor and delivery, the newborn nursery, the emergency room, bone marrow transplant service, cancer/blood disorder treatment specialties, the hemophilia clinic and the stroke service. Comprehensive services include point-of-care testing for oncology and for general medical patients.
Our pathologists provide services to UofL Health hospitals and medical centers, the Veterans Administration Medical Center and the Medical Examiner’s Office. We are developing new approaches to healthcare, research and education that will help us to become a nationally recognized center of excellence in basic and applied research, education and training, and clinical practice of pathology and laboratory medicine.
Diseases and conditions
UofL Physicians – Pathology clinical laboratory services assist in diagnosing:
- Blood disorders
- Infectious diseases
- Neonatal disorders
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Endocrine disorders
Treatments and services
- Clinical laboratory services: UofL Physicians – Pathology offers a clinical diagnostic evaluation of tissue, urine and blood samples in order to support the diagnosis of cancer and other diseases.
- Clinical consulting: The Pathology practice consults with physicians in other specialties on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders.
- Surgical pathology: UofL Physicians – Pathology makes on-the-spot diagnoses of a patient’s tissue during the time of surgery to assist the surgeon in the appropriate care of the patient, and makes a diagnosis on all tissue taken from the patient during surgery.
- Clinical chemistry: Many chemical tests are done with a blood sample from the patient to diagnose and monitor the disease of the patient.
- Infectious disease identification: Based on laboratory evaluations, UofL Physicians – Pathology helps diagnose patients with infectious diseases and identifies and confirms outbreaks of infectious diseases.
- Therapeutic drug monitoring: In order to prevent under/over-dosage, UofL Physicians – Pathology monitors the concentrations of medication in the blood of patients who are receiving certain medications.
- Emergency toxicology services: UofL Physicians – Pathology assists in the treatment of patients who seek hospital care for poisoning by identifying the poison source through laboratory testing.
- Transfusion medicine: UofL Physicians – Pathology processes and distributes blood and blood components for transfusion.
- Evaluation of the blood: The coagulation laboratory offers testing for the assessment of the blood and blood clotting tendencies.
- Autopsy support: Pathologists offer postmortem analysis of drugs and poisons.
- Forensic toxicology: Our pathologists serve the legal community with expert consultations and case reviews in areas of interpretation of laboratory results dealing with drugs, alcohol and poisons.