Frequently Asked Questions

How do I schedule a patient for a fine needle aspiration (FNA)?
What turnaround times can I expect?
How do I send specimens to pathology?
How do I contact a pathologist after hours?
How do I get a consultation for a second opinion?
Who do I contact about a billing issue for my patient?

Q. How do I schedule a patient for a fine needle aspiration (FNA)?
A. Our aspiration suites are located in the Skirball Building, West Tower, Suite 7N at 530 First Avenue, New York, NY, or at the Clinical Cancer Institute, 160 East 34th Street, Suite 1016, New York, NY. For cancer center patients, call (212) 731 5115. For others, call (212) 263 5475. Fine needle aspirations (FNA) are scheduled by appointment with same-day appointments available in most cases.

Q. What turnaround times can I expect?
A. For urgent cases and small size biopsy samples, nearly all results are available within 24-36 hours. For all other cases, the routine timeframe for turnaround is between three and five days. Please note that cases requiring immunohistochemistry, FISH testing, or molecular testing may necessitate additional time. However, we frequently customize diagnostic and consultation services for referring practices, so that turnaround times can be optimized for your particular needs. We welcome your interest in our diagnostic expertise. If you would like to find out more about making arrangements with NYU Pathology, please contact Joan Cangiarella, M.D., Vice Chair of Pathology, at (212) 263 5983 or Robert Papa, Director of NYU Pathology Associates, at (212) 697 2568.

Q. How do I send specimens to pathology?
A. ease submit regular histological biopsies in Formalin and cytopathologic specimens fresh or, if necessary, refrigerated. In general, all specimens to the Department of Pathology must be properly contained and accompanied by a specimen requisition form with the following identifying information:

Patient Name
MRN (if inpatient)
DOB
Referring MD
Tissue Source / site / specimen submitted
Date of Procedure
Pre- and post-operative diagnosis and clinical history
Patient address and SSN (if non-hospital patient)
Patient Insurance information (if non-hospital patient)
Referral location

Q. How do I contact a pathologist after hours?
A. There are pathology residents and attendings on call for each of our three hospitals, Tisch Hospital, Bellevue Hospital, and the VA Hospital. Please note that different attendings are on-call at each of the hospitals. Page operators at each facility will have the appropriate monthly on-call sheet. For Tisch Hospital please contact Communications at (212) 263 7411. At Bellevue, please contact the Page Operator at (212) 562 4311. At the VA, please contact the Page Operator at (212) 686 7500. If you are a physician and would like to discuss a specific case or results during regular business hours, please call the main Surgical Pathology office at (212) 263 5470 or the Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) Biopsy Suite at (212) 263 5475.

Q. How do I get a consultation for a second opinion?
A. For a second opinion, use our Request for Consultation Form. Slides should be sent to NYU Surgical Pathology, Tisch Hospital, Suite TH 461, 560 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016.

Q. Who do I contact about a billing issue for my patient?
A. For all questions related to billing and services, please contact the NYU Pathology Associates director Robert Papa at (212) 697 2568 or the practice manager Janet Alexis at (212) 697 2570.