Pathology - Programs and Services - Division of Anatomic Pathology - New York City - Montefiore Medical Center

Anatomic Pathology is the study and diagnosis of disease in tissues and organs, largely using the traditional tools of morphologic analysis, supplemented with newer techniques from molecular and computational biology.

There are five divisions of Anatomic Pathology at Montefiore:

  • Surgical Pathology:  the study of disease in tissues and organs removed from patients during surgery or other diagnostic procedures.
  • Cytopathology (or Cytology): the study of individual cells and their environment. These cells may shed spontaneously in fluids, or may be obtained by scraping an epithelial surface or fine needle aspiration of a mass.
  • Hematopathology:  the study of diseases of blood cells. Hematopathologists diagnose reactive and neoplastic diseases of the hematopoietic and lymphoid systems involving blood, bone marrow, lymph nodes, spleen, and other organs.
  • Neuropathology: the specialized study of the brain, spinal cord, skeletal muscle and peripheral nervous system. The Neuropathology Division provides diagnostic services for tumors of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves, and for medical diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system including skeletal muscle.
  • Autopsy Pathology: the medical investigation of tissues and organs of the deceased to determine the cause of death.

Each division has a medical director and an attending staff with sub-specialty expertise to perform its mission of clinical diagnosis, research and teaching, and is described separately.