Pathology Medical Experts
Pathology is the branch of medicine involving the microscopic examination of body tissues. It is the study and diagnosis of disease involving organs, tissues, cells and bodily fluids. The term encompasses both the medical specialty which uses tissues and body fluids to obtain clinically useful information, as well as the related scientific study of disease processes.
Pathology is a broad and complex field which seeks to understand the mechanisms of injury to cells and tissues, as well as the body's means of responding to and repairing injury. Disease processes may be incited or exacerbated by a variety of factors, including trauma, infection, poisoning, loss of blood flow, autoimmunity, inherited or acquired genetic damage, or errors of development. One common aspect of pathology is the way in which the body's responses to injury, while evolved to protect health, can also contribute in some ways to disease processes.
Physicians who practice pathology diagnose and characterize disease in living patients by examining biopsies and other specimens. For example, the vast majority of cancer diagnoses are made or confirmed by a pathologist. Pathologists may also conduct autopsies to investigate causes of death. The medical practice of pathology grew out the tradition of investigative pathology, and many of the academic leaders in pathology today are accomplished in both basic science research and diagnostic practice. However, as with other specialties in medicine, most modern physician-pathologists are employed in full-time practice, and do not perform original research.
Pathology is a unique medical specialty in that pathologists typically do not see patients directly, but rather serve as consultants to other physicians (often referred to as "clinicians" within the pathology community). However, in the United States and in many other countries, pathologists receive the same doctorate training, and undergo the same medical licensure process as other physicians. Training may be within two primary specialties, as recognized by the American Board of Pathology: Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology.
Medical Opinions Associates had Board-certified Pathologists who review medical malpractice and personal injury cases and provide on-going litigation support to attorneys and other clients. In addition to being a lecturer in Clinical Pathology, one of our experts also has particular expertise qnd qualification in hematopathology (the hematopathologist looks at peripheral blood smears, bone marrow, aspirates, biopsies, lymph nodes, and other tissues, and diagnoses diseases such as lymphomas and leukemias.). Another expert, who is Chief of Pathology at a major New Jersey Hospital, is boarded in Anatomic, Clinical, and Forensic Pathology and evaluates medical malpractice cases as well as toxicology cases, homicides, suicides, accidental deaths, dramshop cases, physician licensing cases, and physician/hospital credentialing disputes. Our Pathology expert in Maryland is also Board-certified by the American Board of Pathology and Dermatology-Dermatopathology (Dermatopathology is a subspecialty of anatomical pathology interested in skin diseases. Dermatopathologists work in close association with dermatologists).