The Florida Digestive Health Specialists Pathology Department is a state-of-the-art facility serving 24 care centers throughout Florida, as well as our research institute. Our team includes licensed histologists, technologists and three board-certified pathologists with a subspecialty in Gastrointestinal Pathology.
Our highly skilled pathologists regularly communicate with our care centers to ensure the immediate reporting of clinically important information. The pathology department’s centralized location helps us deliver fast, accurate results to meet the needs of our many physicians and patients. Our lab is accredited by Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) and the College of American Pathologists, the world’s leading organization of board-certified pathologists that administers one of the most stringent certification processes in the nation.
11505 Palmbrush Trail, Suite 120
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202-2719
Pathology is the branch of medicine concerned with the cause, origin and nature of a disease and its associated processes. Pathologists use a microscope to examine tissue that has been removed from a patient and been processed by a histologist. Our pathologists evaluate the tissue morphologically and, with the aid of modern technology (special stains, immunohistochemistry and fluorescent in-situ hybridization and more), render diagnoses that our gastroenterologists use to further guide them in the treatment plan for the patient.
Histology determines how tissues are organized at all structural levels, from cells to intercellular substances to organs. It is the primary goal of our histologists to take the specimen through levels of processing to create microscopic slides for the pathologist to review. The pathologist will then render a diagnosis from the slides presented by the histologist team.