Dermatopathology is a subspecialty of both Dermatology and Pathology.
At The Skin Surgery Center, our Dermatopathologist has over two decades of experience diagnosing skin cancer and diseases. Our paraffin lab utilizes the most advanced technologies in the industry to deliver accurate and timely results, providing patients with the highest level of quality care and patient outcomes.
Our Dermatopathologist is John Abernethy, M.D., Ph.D.
The skin is an incredibly complex organ that warrants Fellowship-training and Board certification in the subspecialty of Dermatopathology.
Dermatology visits often result in a skin biopsy. A biopsy is a sampling of a growth or rash. The sample consists of a small piece of skin, usually 3-6 millimeters. A significant amount of information can be gained from such a small piece of skin.
Following a biopsy, the specimen is processed over a 12 to 24 hour period, involving microscopic review by our Board-certified Dermatopathologist. With that tiny section, rashes and growths can be diagnosed. This process provides your dermatologist with the information needed to determine the best possible treatment for you. Accurate and timely diagnosis of your skin disease is important.