Dermatopathology is a specialized field within dermatology and pathology that focuses on the accurate diagnosis of skin conditions under the microscope. Dermatopathologists are highly trained physicians who specialize in examining skin biopsies and analyzing skin tissue samples at the microscopic levels. Our board-certified dermatopathologists offer specific expertise in pediatric dermatopathology, evaluation of melanocytic lesions, alopecia, cutaneous lymphoma, and analysis of foreign material in the skin.

These experts work in close collaboration chiefly with dermatologists, but also with other providers, to provide essential information for the diagnosis and treatment of various skin diseases.

In-depth Evaluation of Skin Biopsies

Dermatopathologists play a central role in evaluating skin biopsies to determine the nature of skin conditions. Such specialists carefully examine the microscopic features of the skin tissue, including the cells, structures, and patterns, to identify and classify different skin diseases and skin tumors. By analyzing these features, dermatopathologists can often provide precise information about the condition, whether it is inflammatory, infectious, autoimmune, or a benign or cancerous growth.

Accurate Diagnosis for Effective Treatment

Accurate diagnoses provided by dermatopathologists are crucial for developing effective treatment plans. Their expertise often helps dermatologists understand the underlying cause and nature of a skin condition, enabling the development of effective treatments. Whether it's prescribing medications, suggesting topical therapies, or performing procedures, dermatologists and other providers dealing with the skin rely on dermatopathology to guide their decisions and optimize patient outcomes.

Collaborative Approach to Care

Dermatopathologists work closely with dermatologists and other healthcare providers to ensure comprehensive patient care. They contribute valuable insights and collaborate in multidisciplinary discussions to develop tailored treatment strategies. By combining their expertise, dermatologists and dermatopathologists provide a holistic approach to managing complex skin conditions.

Interpretation of Specialized Tests

In addition to analyzing skin biopsies, dermatopathologists may also interpret specialized tests, such as immunohistochemistry and molecular studies. These tests can provide additional information about the specific characteristics of the skin condition and help guide targeted therapies or prognostic assessments. By incorporating these advanced diagnostic techniques, dermatopathologists may enhance the accuracy of their diagnoses.

Continual Learning and Advancements

Dermatopathologists are committed to ongoing learning and staying updated with the latest advancements in dermatology and pathology. They actively participate in research, attend conferences, and contribute to scientific literature. By staying at the forefront of their field, dermatopathologists ensure that patients benefit from the most current and effective diagnostic approaches.

Conditions and Treatments

  • Cancers
  • Skin, Hair and Nails


  • Immunohistochemical analysis of skin biopsies
  • Direct immunofluorescence
  • Consultative opinions
  • Skin evaluation
  • Complex skin disorder diagnosis