Northwestern Memorial Hospital's medical staff at the Department of Pathology, led by William Muller, MD, PhD (chair) and Gregory Retzinger, MD, PhD (associate chair) offers full-service clinical and anatomic pathology services to patients and physician offices.
With 42 pathologists and 300 staff members conducting over 9 million reportable tests every year, our department is structured to offer the very highest level of customer service.
Within general pathology, there are two specialties: clinical pathology and anatomic pathology.
Clinical pathologists are physicians who specialize in the diagnosis of disease using laboratory analysis of bodily fluids and tissues using clinical tools such as chemistry, hematology, microbiology and molecular pathology.
Anatomic pathologists are physicians who specialize in the anatomical study of changes in the function, appearance, or structure of organs or tissues.
Anatomic pathologists make primary diagnoses on small tissue samples (biopsies) removed from patients and provide important prognostic and treatment information through the examination of tissues removed at surgery.
Postmortem examination is also performed to determine definitive diagnostic information and quality assessment.
Northwestern's fellowship training program seeks to train tomorrow's anatomic and clinical pathologists in the professional practice of pathology.
These clinical- and laboratory-based fellowships offer opportunities for intense exposure to both investigator-initiated and -sponsored research.
The Department of Pathology's staff may be contacted by using the Physician Access Line at 1-800-638-3737.