Department of Pathology

Why choose Pathology at Boston Children's Hospital?

Diagnostic surgical, cytology, autopsy and consultation pathology services. The Department of Pathology services the entire Boston Children’s Hospital community, other institutions and patients worldwide.

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The Pathology Department is one of the oldest and largest independent pediatric pathology departments in the world. The department’s laboratories process specimens ranging from the routine to the most complex utilizing a sub-specialty oriented staffing model coupled with one of the largest pediatric pathology training programs in the country. The department consistently ranks among the most academically productive pediatric pathology programs in the nation. The clinical department also lends its expertise to the entire Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School’s research community.

Annually, the department processes and interprets approximately:

  • 12,000 surgical pathology cases
  • 40,000 surgical pathology specimens
  • 5,000 research pathology specimens
  • 2,000 cytopathology cases
  • 1,200 national and international consultations
  • 200 electron microscopy examinations
  • 900 flow cytometry cases
  • 350 intraoperative diagnoses
  • 50 autopsies

The department has close working relationships with other departments and divisions within the hospital, most notably: 
Cardiology/Cardiovascular Surgery