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Clinical Services

The Department of Pathology advances healthcare along the tri-partite mission of clinical diagnosis, research, and teaching. The clinical activities in the department are focused on Anatomic Pathology and its three major branches: Surgical Pathology, Cytopathology, and Autopsy Pathology.

Each branch evaluates specimens of different types. The clinical goal of the department is to not merely put a name on a lesion but more importantly to provide the diagnostic and often prognostic and predictive information needed to properly direct the subsequent treatment of the patient.

Faculty in the Yale Department of Pathology provide anatomic pathology services for Yale-New Haven Hospital (both the York Street and St. Raphael’s campuses), Bridgeport Hospital, the West Haven Veterans Administration, as well as dozens of community physicians through our outreach program.

  • Surgical Pathology is Yale Pathology’s most comprehensive diagnostic service, reflecting the various sub-specialties of more than forty highly qualified physicians. Our board-certified pathologists are experts in most subspecialty areas and offer complete services for all surgical pathology needs. Areas of intense subspecialty interest include the fields of gynecologic, gestational and reproductive pathology, breast pathology, gastroenterologic and hepatic pathology, genitourinary and renal pathology, dermatopathology, hematopathology, neuropathology, and ophthalmic pathology, among others.

  • The Cytopathology division of the Department of Pathology at the Yale-New Haven Hospital provides preparatory and diagnostic services for all fluid, smear and aspiration specimens.
  • Lymphoid neoplasms: immunoglobulin gene rearrangements, T cell receptor gene rearrangement, Bcl1 gene rearrangement, Bcl2 gene rearrangement. Solid tumors: K-ras mutational analysis (gastrointestinal, lung and ovarian tumors), p53 mutational analysis (malignant tumors), SYT/SSX rearrangement (synovial sarcoma), Ret/PTC rearrangement (papillary thyroid carcinoma).

  • The Autopsy Service provides both morgue and autopsy services to all patients who pass away at Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) York Street Campus as well as autopsy services for YNHH–St. Raphael’s Campus, Bridgeport Hospital, Greenwich Hospital (pediatric only), and Veterans Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System–West Haven. The morgue is responsible for processing the paperwork for all deceased patients including the death certificates and autopsy consents. Yale New Haven Hospital will perform an autopsy on patients who expire at Yale New Haven Hospital and all persons who have been a registered patient of Yale New Haven Hospital at no cost to the family. The family of decedents not affiliated with YNHH may request a private autopsy for a pre-paid fee. Please call for options and pricing. Due to SARS CoV-2, and with guidance from state and federal authorities, Yale New Haven Hospital retains the right to decline to perform an autopsy based on the evolving policy. Please contact the autopsy office with questions regarding the current policy on whom may have an autopsy.