Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Department of Pathology includes five clinical Services — Surgical Pathology, Cytology, Autopsy, Hematopathology, and Molecular Diagnostics — as well as the research-based Division of Experimental Pathology.  There are ten teams of disease-specific pathologists, with expertise in the full range of solid tumor types as well as hematopathology.

Our pathologists use state-of-the-art technology and the most advanced diagnostic techniques available to analyze thousands of tissue samples and generate over 125,000 diagnostic reports each year. Pathologists are key members of the disease management teams, collaborating with other medical specialists to customize each patient’s treatment based on his or her individual disease.

Newer technologies and precision medicine have enabled improved diagnostic accuracy that can further classify cancers and identify specific genetic and epigenetic alterations that drive tumor growth. Precise histologic and cytologic classification and testing for clinically useful mutations in patients’ tumors allow us to match individual patients with the targeted therapies that are mostly likely to benefit them.