Department of Pathology


Pathology is the branch of medicine concerned with the cause, origin, and nature of a disease and its associated processes. A Pathologist uses a microscope to examine tissue that has been removed from a patient that has been processed by Histology to render a diagnosis that will aid a Physician in the care and treatment of the patient.

Here, at Florida Digestive Health Specialists Pathology Laboratory, the department consists of histology as well as Pathologists that are all Board-Certified by the American Board of Pathology with subspecialty expertise in Gastrointestinal Pathology. The Pathologists evaluate the tissue morphologically, and, with the aid of modern technology (special stains, immunohistochemistry, and fluorescent in-situ hybridization), renders diagnoses that the Gastroenterologists use to further guide them in the treatment plan for the patient.


Histology is a branch of biology that is concerned with the composition and structure of tissues in relation to their specialized functions. The aim of histology is to determine how tissues are organized at all structural levels, from cells to intercellular substances to organs.

It is the primary goal of the histology laboratory to take the specimen from the specimen container through the levels of processing to create microscopic slides for the pathologist to review. The pathologist will then render a diagnosis on the slides presented by the histology laboratory.

The laboratory of Florida Digestive Health Specialists functions with highly trained, specialized laboratory technologists. These Histotechnologists and laboratory assistants collectively bring over 40 years of experience to our laboratory. Routine histology, special stains and immunohistochemical methods are utilized in the histology laboratory to bring the latest methods in testing to the pathologist’s microscope.