Why Choose Mount Sinai?

A person’s choice of medical care provider can be one of the most important they make in their lifetime. Each medical department at Mount Sinai has its own specialty services, but one common connection is that all the doctors at Mount Sinai are linked to the hospital’s Lillian and Henry M. Stratton-Hans Popper Department of Pathology. 

Our Department is renowned for its service excellence and committed professionals. From every drop of blood to every biopsy or other test that patients undergo as they seek health answers, Mount Sinai’s pathologists are working hard to deliver the best possible information to you and your clinical doctors. And because we can offer care to you and your family under a single roof there is less opportunity for medical errors or miscommunications and less chance of unnecessary or duplicative testing.

Diagnostic Differences at Mount Sinai’s Department of Pathology 

There are many reasons why you will get unparalleled answers to your medical questions at Mount Sinai. The following are some distinct differences you will discover at our Department of Pathology:

  • Integrated Department of Pathology: Our Department offers in-house consultations so that diagnosis is often rendered not just by a single person, but in concert with multiple staff pathologists, each bringing their unique area of expertise to your case. Our integrated care approach extends outward to include clinical doctors, nurses, allied health care professionals, and when needed, health coaches - all of whom can work to coordinate your care and give the patient a deeper understanding of their condition and treatment options.
  • Vast bio bank of tissue specimens: Mount Sinai houses one of the largest bio banks in the nation, which offers many benefits to patients, both in the near and long term. For example, banked tissues may be helpful to future family members in determining the cause of a condition or disease, and if the condition is genetic. Also as new technology is developed, researchers and doctors may be able to return to your sample for improved diagnostics or to help future generations of family members predict the likelihood of disease progression. In maternal-fetal medicine banked tissue samples can be used for comparison to help couples facing certain reproductive challenges. And having a specimen-rich pathological medical record may help patients gain entry into competitive medical trials.
  • High level of specialization: Our pathologists focus on areas of sub-specialization. This means that if you are having a breast biopsy taken to determine if cancerous tissue or cells are present, the pathologist who examines your tissue specimen is not only a pathologist, but one who specializes in pathology of the breast.
  • Personalized medicine: New advances in medicine develop everyday pertaining to the unique genetic or chemical fingerprint of your body. Mount Sinai has a robust molecular and genetic pathology division that uses cutting-edge technology and testing to predict a patient’s risk of developing a disease in the future and help her or him take steps to prevent the disease from occurring whenever possible. No longer content to identify disease once it has already occurred, Mount Sinai’s Department of Pathology is evolving rapidly into a predictive science that can find signs of diseases years or even decades before they occur. Our physicians practice preventative medicine and our pathologists are at the forefront of practicing preventative, personalized pathology.
  • Comprehensive autopsy services: Mount Sinai’s autopsy services combine the expertise of our staff to help families gain closure. We also utilize new advances in imaging technology to conduct minimally invasive autopsy studies. Family members can meet simultaneously with the pathologist who performed the autopsy and clinical physicians in order to gain the fullest possible explanation for their loss.