Memphis Business Journal‘s Cole Epley reports that UT Medical Group and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center have unveiled UT DermPath, a dermatopathology lab tasked with serving both physicians and researchers in the medicine and biotech communities.
Dermatopathology is a hybrid subspecialty of dermatology and surgical pathology focused on the histologic study of diseases of the cutaneous tissues — skin, hair, nails and mucosa — at a microscopic level, and provision of analyses of potential causes of these disorders at a cellular level. A dermatopathologist is a physician with the necessary training and expertise to make accurate and precise diagnoses from skin or other cutaneous tissue specimens using a microscope. It’s a relatively young discipline, The American Society of Dermatopathology having only marked the 50th anniversary of its founding last year. Some 1500 different disorders of the skin exist, for example skin eruptions (“rashes”) and neoplasms.
UT DermPath offers a complete diagnostic service specializing in dermatopathology, the histologic study of skin, hair, nails and mucosa. The lab’s mission statement is to provide precise, accurate, unambiguous and clinically relevant diagnoses for patients. The laboratory is staffed by three board-certified dermatopathologists, each of whom hold full-time faculty positions in the newly formed University of Tennessee Department of Dermatology.
When a clinician submits a sample of tissue (EG: a skin biopsy) to the UT DermPath laboratory, a diagnosis is provided. Unlike some blood or urine samples, this testing is not automated or analyzed by a machine. Rather, a physician makes a diagnosis from this tissue by examining it under the microscope.
Cole Epley cites UT DermPath medical director M. Barry Randall commenting “Our primary goal is to provide our clinicians and patients the exceptional service and quality diagnoses they deserve. UT DermPath is a complete service, from daily specimen retrieval from clinicians’ offices to rapid and customized report delivery within 24 hours.”
The University of Texas at Houston offers a Dermatopathology Fellowship Program, and there are two other separate dermatopathology fellowship programs in Houston — one at MD Anderson Cancer Center and the other at Baylor College of Medicine.
The UT DermPath lab is located at 930 Madison Ave, suite 890. Memphis, TN 38103 Phone – 901-866-8834; Fax – 901-302-2834.