What is a Pathologist?

A pathologist is a medical doctor who has spent an additional 3-4 years of residency training following graduation from medical school. Following residency, many pathologists seek out additional specialty training in the way of a fellowship.

If you have had a breast biopsy or breast surgery, a pathologist is the doctor who decides on your diagnosis. This diagnosis will appear as part of your pathology report. Many patients unfortunately don’t know anything about their pathologist or if their pathologist even specializes in breast cancer. However, the diagnosis this physician makes determines all future treatment decisions that your surgeon, medical oncologist, or radiation therapist make for you.  For more information on the importance of having a breast pathologist review your biopsy slides click here.

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