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Surgical Pathology Service

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Director of Surgical Pathology

Main Departmental Administrative Office (Clinical Inquiries)

  • Phone: 415-353-1613


UCSF Surgical Pathology, under the direction of Dr. Ryan M. Gill, is the largest clinical division in the Department of Pathology and consists of subspecialized surgical pathologists based at Mission Bay and Moffitt-Long Hospitals. Approximately 35K surgical specimens (excluding dermatopathology, cytopathology, and bone marrow specimens) are evaluated annually at these two hospitals and are separated into 9 groups that allow for subspecialized care dedicated to Breast pathology (cluster A), GI/Hepatopancreaticobiliary pathology (cluster B), Genitourinary pathology (cluster C), Bone and Soft tissue pathology (cluster D), Head and Neck Pathology (cluster E), Thoracic pathology (cluster F), Gynecologic pathology (cluster G), Renal pathology (cluster H), and Lymphoma/Lymph node pathology (cluster J). UCSF Surgical Pathology faculty are internationally recognized experts that draw consultations and observers from around the world. UCSF surgical pathologists published 184 manuscripts in 2017 and 2018.

Pathologists at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, under the leadership of Drs. Laura Tabatabai and Stephen Nishimura, respectively, also sign out surgical pathology specimens and have faculty appointments in the UCSF Department of Pathology.

Breast Pathology (cluster A)

GI/Hepatobiliary Pathology (cluster B)

Genitourinary Pathology (cluster C)

Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology (cluster D)

Head and Neck Pathology (cluster E)

Thoracic Pathology (cluster F)

Gynecologic Pathology (cluster G)

Renal Pathology (cluster H)

Lymphoma/Lymph Node Pathology (cluster J)

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital

San Francisco VA Medical Center

Surgical Pathology Services
Service Name Moffitt Mt. Zion SFGH VAMC

Diagnostic Consultation

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The Diagnostic Consultation service offers second opinions on surgical pathology diagnoses. Non-UCSF providers or patients may directly submit glass slides for a second opinion consultation by any of our diagnostic pathologists of their choosing. Our list of experts in each specialty can be found above. We also offer a variety of ancillary tests for prognostic and predictive purposes, including immunohistochemical staining (please call for details) and FISH for HER2/neu amplification. A formal UCSF pathology report is generated for each consultation. We aim for expert care and efficient turn-around time. In addition to a copy of the original pathology report and the glass slides, we recommend a cover letter that includes as much detail as possible on clinical history, prior surgical procedures, and gross specimen findings. For bone and soft tissue and pulmonary cases, we strongly advise submitting all relevant radiologic images, either digitized on a CD-ROM or the actual films. This will maximize our evaluation of the case materials. Direct conversation with our pathologists by telephone is also encouraged.

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Diagnostic Confirmation

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The Diagnostic Confirmation service offers a diagnostic review of glass slides from non-UCSF hospitals for patients who are or will be receiving care by a UCSF provider. Select this service if you are a UCSF provider wishing to confirm a non-UCSF diagnosis or wishing to present a non-UCSF case at one of the multi-disciplinary tumor boards. If you are request ancillary testing (such as immunohistochemistry or FISH), select this service.

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