University of Michigan School of Medicine, USA

Presentation Abstract

How to Deal with the Skinny Bits: An Introduction to the Grossing of Skin Specimens

Biopsies and excisions of the skin are common dermatologic procedures used to diagnosis a variety of neoplastic and non-neoplastic cutaneous disorders. Specimens are grossed as the initial step in the preparation of an H&E stained section, which ideally will provide the pathologist with an informative microscopic impression and enable accurate diagnosis and treatment planning. Proper grossing techniques are essential to this process and errors in this area are serious and difficult to rectify. This lecture aims to provide a solid foundation in the grossing of these sometimes challenging specimens.




Dr. Patel is Professor of Pathology and Dermatology at the University of Michigan School of Medicine. He received his M.D. degree from Flinders University School of Medicine in Adelaide, Australia and completed his residency training in pathology at Cleveland Clinic, where he served as Anatomic Pathology Chief Resident. Dr. Patel completed fellowships in surgical pathology and soft tissue pathology, at Emory University and dermatopathology at Cleveland Clinic. He is board certified in anatomic pathology and dermatopathology and is the Director of the Bone & Soft Tissue Pathology Fellowship at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Patel is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology and an Editorial Board Member for The American Journal of Surgical Pathology, Human Pathology, The American Journal of Dermatopathology and Pathology Journal of the Royal Australasian College of Pathologists. He has authored or coauthored over 80-peer-reviewed publications and has lectured and directed courses nationally and internationally for many organizations on soft tissue pathology and dermatopathology, including the American Society of Dermatopathology, the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, the American Academy of Dermatology and the International Society of Dermatopathology, as well as others.

He serves on numerous committees including those of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, the College of American Pathologist and the American Society of Dermatopathology. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Dermatopathology, serves on the Executive Committee of the International Society of Dermatopathology and is a contributing author for the new 4th edition of the WHO Classification of Tumours of the Skin.