Pathology discrepancy(misdiagnosis) rates for a variety of cancers and pre-malignant conditions (biopsies of the cervix for example) can be up to 30%. This is why second opinions are of paramount importance for patient care. Prior to undergoing a surgical procedure, shouldn't your pathology and cytology material be reviewed? Don't you deserve a "second opinion"?
There is a difference between hospital-based pathologists who are constantly scrutinized by state and federal agencies (not to mention the hospital and affiliated physicians) and "traveling pathologists" who read slides from home, or at physician offices through an arrangement with some commercial laboratory. Hospital-based pathologists are vetted through the hospital credentialing process, and are scrutinized by their colleagues on a daily basis. They provide legitimate and cost-effective services.
Various private practice physicians (such as urologists, dermatologists, and gastroenterologists) have processing of your biopsy tissue done in their offices or with non-hospital based laboratories in which they have a financial interest. In addition, such physicians use non-hospital based pathologists to read your biopsies so they can profit more from your biopsy. The consequence of this is uncertain diagnoses made by unsupervised pathologists. Who is reading your biopsy?
Stamford Pathology Group offers exceptional, patient-focused pathology consultation to patients and physicians. We offer professional advice in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine to diagnostic testing industry, hospitals/health systems, venture captital/investor groups, and law firms. We provide a broad scope of professional service through 6 experienced, fellowship and sub-specialty trained, Board Certified pathologists. From primary diagnostic services in surgical pathology and cytopathology, to second review of benign and malignant diagnoses, to medical legal consultation and private autopsy service, we meet the diverse needs of patients, families, physicians, attorneys, and CEO's. We help patients understand their diagnosis, and provide "concierge service" for their pathology needs.