Dermatopathology is the science of looking at samples of tissue (skin) through a microscope to determine the pathology (disease) of the specimen.
Frequently, as part of a visit to the dermatologist, a piece of skin is removed and sent for analysis. This is often referred to as a biopsy. The biopsy may be done in order to determine the cause of a rash, to determine if a lesion is cancerous or not, or to remove a troublesome lesion. Regardless of the reason, it is the standard of care that each and every specimen be analyzed with a microscope. All specimens are processed on site by one of our certified dermatopathologist’s in our CLIA certified pathology laboratory.
Under the doctors expert eye, all specimens are analyzed and reported with accuracy, precision, and urgency. Our Physicians are readily available to discuss your case with your primary physician. In addition, our dermatopathologist’s also participate in patient presentations to visiting professors who come to DGOC on a regular basis.
Dr. A. Paul Couch has been practicing Pathology and Dermatopathology since 1989. He completed three fellowships: UCLA Medical Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and with the world-renowned dermatopathologist A. Bernard Ackerman, MD at Thomas Jefferson University.
Dr. Roy practices general medical and surgical dermatology for patients of all ages, In addition to reading slides in the dermatopathology lab. She completed her dermatology residency training at UNC in Chapel Hill, where she remained as a faculty member for one year.