UCSF Dermatopathology Service
1701 Divisadero Street, Suite 280
San Francisco, CA 94115
UCSF Dermatopathology Service is dedicated to providing the best possible service to you and your patients. Our physicians are among the top dermatopathologists in the United States, and we pride ourselves on providing definitive diagnoses, ranging from routine, to the most complex of cases.
We are your colleagues, not just another lab. Our Dermatopathologists are accessible via phone and e-mail to address your specific questions. Clinicopathologic correlation is available to those who submit clinical photographs for review. We offer expert diagnosis with a turn-around time of 24 hours on typical cases.
The Process: UCSF Dermatopathology Service receives skin tissue specimens in vials of formalin. Information from accompanying paperwork is recorded in our system. Then, the tissue vial is given to our lab technicians, who section the tissue to fit into cassettes. These cassettes are then placed in a tissue processor.
Next, the tissue is embedded in paraffin. The paraffin block is cut and the tissue is placed on glass slides, after which it is stained with hematoxylin and eosin and coverslipped. The final step in our lab is to send these newly prepared slides to our dermatopathologists for analysis.
Based on the dermatopathologist's study of these slides under a microscope, our physicians provide an original diagnosis for the referring physician.
Results: All clinical findings are documented in a finalized report, then delivered to the referring physician via fax, mail, online through a secure login, and/or EMR connectivity.
Insurances and billing: Our UCSF affiliation allows us to contract with most insurance groups, resulting in reduced out-of-pocket expenses to your patients. Your patients are billed for any fees not covered by their insurance.
Interested in sending us a case? Click Here to order supplies online. No need to set up an Account with us, simply ship your specimens / slides, requisition form, and patient demographics / insurance info. We bill your patients directly and are contracted with most insurances. We provide complimentary supplies and FedEx overnight shipping information.