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What Is Dermatopathology?

What is Dermatopathology?

  • There is a skin cancer epidemic in our nation, and dermatopathologists are fighting it on the front lines.
    Skin cancer is now the most common cancer nationwide — and worldwide.
  • 20% of Americans will experience skin cancer before the age of 70.

Early detection is our best weapon. When detected early, the 5-year survival rate is 99%. Pacific Dermatology Institute created the Dermatopathology Laboratory to respond to this pressing need. At our innovative Redlands facility, our expert team evaluates tissue samples — for cancerous and noncancerous skin disorders — giving clients a fair fight against skin problems.

Dermatopathology at Pacific Dermatology Institute

Pacific Dermatology Institute is California’s leading-edge dermatopathology laboratory, consultation service and CLIA-certified laboratory for dermatologists, plastic and general surgeons, and other dermatopathologists. Guided by the vision and leadership of Dr. Bradley Mudge and Dr. Mona Deerwester, we offer referring physicians the speed and accuracy of results that can make a life-saving difference. Conveniently located in Redlands, CA, and serving communities throughout California.

Why Choose Pacific Dermatology

We offer clients: 

  • An accredited practice
  • A state-of-the-art specimen laboratory certified by Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) 
  • Rapid and efficient service
  • Arrangement of courier services to transport specimens. 
  • Timely reporting
Why Choose Pacific Dermatology
How To Request A Consultation

How To Request A Consultation

Step 1
Contact us to let us know what you want to send.
Step 2
We will provide you with FedEx information and shipping supplies. 
Step 3
Write a Cover Letter to our dermatopathologist. Please include a copy of the patient's insurance card, as well as the prior pathology report. Patient history and any available pictures are appreciated. Pictures should be in color and may be included in the FedEx package.
Step 4
Place slides in a slide container wrapped in bubble wrap, if possible, or use a bubble wrap lined manila envelope.
Step 5
Place the specimens and documents into a FedEx Package, seal, and attach a completed pre-printed FedEx Label.
Step 6
Call FedEx for pick up or drop off at a FedEx location.
Step 7
Receive your results, and begin to create a treatment plan.
Ready to begin?

Paying with Insurance

Most HMOs will cover cases with a pre-authorization. For plans not listed at the link, contact our team.

* Patients

Understanding your insurance coverage is easy. Call your provider and give them our NPI and CPT codes: 88305 (Tissue Biopsy) or 88321 (Slide Consultation). 

* Providers

We’re not just a lab; we’re your colleagues. Our dermatopathologist is accessible by phone and e-mail to address your specific questions at any time. Clinicopathologic correlation is available to those who submit clinical photographs for review. Let’s collaborate.

Dermatopathology FAQs

What is a dermatopathologist?

Dermatopathology = Dermatology + Pathology

Just like many medical doctors pursue specialty fields after receiving their MD, dermatopathologists complete training in dermatology or pathology before then entering an accredited program specifically for learning to interpret skin biopsies for signs of disease.  

What does a dermatopathologist do?

A dermatopathologist is trained in reviewing skin biopsies with a microscope to find signs of disorder or disease. They work with a physician to make a diagnosis.

Is dermatopathology a lab test?

Dermatopathology is so much more than just a lab test. The lab test is where it all begins, but a dermatopathologist uses years of training and experience to take it from there, determining the correct diagnosis and appropriate path forward.

What does a dermatopathologist diagnose?

Dermatopathologists can diagnose many skin disorders and diseases, including:

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Melanoma
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Other Cancers
  • Infections
  • Immunologic Conditions
  • Pediatric Disorders
Dermatopathology FAQs

World-Class Care When You Need it

Contact our Laboratory Director Mona Deerwester, MD (CLIA # 05D2295760) at Pacific Dermatology Institute in Redlands.

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