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. If needed, I communicate with the care team and I assure that I understand 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.
- Carleton College, B.A. Chemistry, 1984
- University of Minnesota, 1988
- University of Minnesota, AP/CP and Cytopathology
- University of Minnesota, Surgical Pathology