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Mayo Clinic has the most robust laboratory and pathology practice for cancer care in the world. We offer testing that spans diagnostic, theranostic, and prognostic approaches with accompanying specialists for every type and stage of cancer.

Mayo Clinic’s integrated practice of pathologists has expertise and special interests that cover the entirety of pathology—from surgical pathology, to hematopathology, renal pathology, dermatopathology, and infectious disease. The consultative practice strives to bring the client the highest quality of diagnostic pathology, in all areas of expertise, aiming to utilize only those ancillary tests that support the diagnosis in a cost-effective manner, and to provide a rapid turnaround time for diagnostic results.

Our experts are available to consult on any case. The interaction between our physicians and ordering pathologists enable the best diagnosis and treatment approach as our pathologist have the opportunity to ask for additional clinical information, as well as address the questions of the ordering pathologists. A large number of our cases are reviewed by more than one subspecialty pathologist to ensure the best interpretation. This close relationship among Mayo Clinic’s pathologists, clinical laboratorians, and oncologists creates clinical and research collaboration and generates the unique ability to successfully integrate state-of-the-art scientific achievements into clinical practice for patients.


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45,000+

pathology consultations completed each year


19

Specialized pathology working groups


100+

Pathologists, each with subspecialty expertise


1349

publications published in 2019 including 347 as first or last author.




Collaboration across colleagues

Consultation cases may be directed to one of the pathologists who is an expert in the given area or directed more broadly to the subspecialty group. Cases are frequently shared and sometimes transferred between the pathologists, as deemed appropriate for the type of case or diagnostic problem encountered. 

Guidance for ancillary testing

The consultative practice strives to bring the client the highest quality of diagnostic pathology, in all areas of expertise, aiming to utilize only those ancillary tests that support the diagnosis in a cost-effective manner, and to provide a rapid turnaround time for diagnostic results.


Learn more about our specialized pathology sections

Our Head and Neck pathology section provides a comprehensive menu that includes stand-alone testing (technical-only), testing accompanied by interpretation (special procedure),  and case evaluation (pathology consultation). Head and neck pathology consultations often relate to the classification of salivary, sinonasal, and oropharynx tumors.

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