Section of Dermatopathology | NYU Langone Health

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Section of Dermatopathology

We provide a wide range of diagnostic services and are committed to educating future experts in the field.

The Section of Dermatopathology in NYU Langone Health’s Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology is one of the nation’s largest and best-known programs of its kind in academic dermatology. Under the leadership of Shane A. Meehan, MD, director of the Section of Dermatopathology and NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s Dermatopathology Fellowship, the section, with a laboratory accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), provides a wide range of diagnostic services related to the interpretation of skin specimens. We are also committed to providing outstanding patient care and educating future academic and community-based dermatopathologists, dermatology and pathology residents, and medical students.

Dermatopathology Education and Research

Rotations in our general and specialty dermatology clinics provide trainees with exposure to an extraordinary breadth of dermatologic disease, affording numerous opportunities for clinicopathologic correlation. Thousands of glass slides and virtual microscopic images have been accrued over the years and serve as a vast teaching collection.

We also work to advance the understanding of skin disease by pursuing a variety of research endeavors, from case reports and case series to basic and translational research. Examples of current research interests include the use of machine learning for histopathologic diagnosis, the use of learning analytics to investigate the retention of visual subject material, identifying molecular signatures of unusual melanocytic neoplasms, and the characterization of emerging inflammatory dermatoses.

Dermatopathology Services

Our laboratory provides the following services:

  • routine specimen diagnosis within 24 hours of receipt
  • personalized consultation and case review with board-certified dermatopathologists
  • high-quality routine hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) staining, special stains, and immunohistochemistry when necessary
  • expert diagnostic interpretation of difficult neoplastic and inflammatory skin diseases, melanocytic lesions, and alopecia cases
  • secure diagnostic report delivery by courier, email, fax, or FedEx overnight at no additional cost
  • electronic reporting for most electronic medical record systems
  • availability of requisitioning system at no cost to your practice

We can also discuss melanomas, unexpected high-grade malignancies, and serious inflammatory or infectious disease reports by phone. For more complex cases requiring special studies or more time for a definitive diagnosis, our dermatopathologists provide a preliminary interpretation. Our dermatopathologists are available to discuss cases by phone.

Additional Services

Our laboratory uses a comprehensive list of immunohistochemical stains that includes but is not limited to lymphoproliferative panels, histiocytic and myeloid panels, melanocytic and neural panels, epithelial panels, neuroendocrine panels, connective tissue panels, vascular panels, infectious panels, and proliferation and apoptosis panels.

We also perform direct immunofluorescence, and are actively working up new antibodies in order to expand our diagnostic capabilities.

We partner with Integrated Oncology for human papillomavirus (HPV) typing.

Consultation Services

Our experts routinely review cases in consultation and cases in which a second opinion is sought by a physician or patient. Please contact us at 212-263-7250 if you wish to have a case reviewed.

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Contact Us

For additional information about the Section of Dermatopathology, please email