The decisions pathologists make at the microscope can profoundly affect patients’ lives. I deeply appreciate that I am not just looking at a specimen but rather a part of a whole person depending on me for medical help. Before making a diagnosis, I review the patient’s chart to understand their clinical situation and why they had surgery or a biopsy. I freely communicate with their care team, if needed, and I assure my understanding of the consequences of my diagnosis. Sometimes a second, third, or even fourth opinion from other pathologists is needed for tough cases. This approach is part of the collaborative culture at Hospital Pathology Associates and our partner practices to provide the best patient care.
- Carleton College, B.A. Chemistry, 1984
- University of Minnesota, 1988
- University of Minnesota, AP/CP and Cytopathology
- University of Minnesota, Surgical Pathology