Clinical Laboratory Services UR Medicine Labs

Gastrointestinal Pathology

The GI Subspecialty service at Strong Memorial Hospital processes over 16,000 cases annually, including over 14,000 biopsy cases and almost 2,000 resections. Our pathologists provide histopathologic diagnostic services for the entire luminal GI tract, including both medical and neoplastic processes.

We are active participants in a number of multi-disciplinary conferences at URMC, including GI oncology, hepatobiliary tumor board and liver transplant. The pathologists in the GI Subspecialty service are engaged in active research programs and teach medical students, pathology residents, clinical residents and fellows.

Many of our GI pathologists are additionallly trained in liver pathology. We also assist Dr. Katzman with interpretation of pediatric endoscopic biopsies.

Our Services

Following are examples of biopsy interpretations we routinely provide. (Please note: this list is not exhaustive.)

  • Esophagus: eosinophilic esophagitis
  • GE Junction: Barrett’s and dysplasia
  • Stomach: Helicobacter and other forms or gastritis
  • Small bowel: Celiac disease
  • Small and large bowel: Idiopathic inflammatory bowel disease and dysplasia
  • Colon: polyps
  • Anus: anal intraepithelial neoplasia

We also provide complete diagnostic reports of resection specimens from the following surgical services: oncology, thoracic and foregut, and colorectal.

The GI Subspecialty service is supported by a histology laboratory that provides high quality routine and special stains, as well as an immunohistochemical laboratory which provides IHC stained slides in less than a day when needed. We work with the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory to select most appropriate specimens for testing.

We will soon provide complete immunohistochemical testing for microsatellite instability of colorectal carcinomas as well as HER2 analysis of upper GI malignancies.

Contact Us

For more information or to request our services, please call (585) 275-3191.

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