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Department of Pathology

The Northwestern Medicine Department of Pathology medical staff offers full-service clinical and anatomic pathology services to patients and doctor's offices. Our pathologists and staff members conduct more than 9 million reportable tests every year, and our department is structured to offer the very highest level of customer service for both patients and hospital labs. There are two specialties within general pathology, anatomical pathology and clinical pathology.

Anatomic Pathology

Anatomic pathology is the study of changes in the function, appearance or structure of organs and tissues.

Clinical Pathology

Clinical pathology uses laboratory analysis of bodily fluids and tissues for the study and diagnosis of diseases.

Pathology Second Opinion and Consultation

Expertise is available for primary and secondary review and for diagnostically challenging cases.

Three Northwestern Medicine physicians working on pathology research


Researchers at the Northwestern University Department of Pathology conduct research efforts in the following areas.

  • Biomarker development
  • Carcinogenesis/neoplasia
  • Cell and developmental pathology
  • Digital Pathology and Artificial Intelligence
  • Inflammation/immunology
  • Molecular diagnostics
  • Neuropathology
  • Organ-specific pathology
  • Translational research

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