Dermatopathology Laboratory

Our laboratory is dedicated to the premise that the best care of patients is based upon scientific, evidence-based research. The UConn Dermatopathology laboratory is one of the most trusted sources in the region for diagnosing skin conditions.

What Is a Dermatopathology Laboratory?

A dermatopathology laboratory is a pathology laboratory that performs analysis only on skin and mucous membrane specimens. We provide physicians and their patients with personalized service, sophisticated technology, expert case-specific consultation, and accurate diagnoses that assist in determining the most appropriate treatment options.

Our special expertise in tumors, especially melanoma and lymphoma, and inflammatory disease is considered a valuable regional resource to our referring physicians.

The UConn Difference

The Dermatopathology Laboratory was initiated in 1980 by Jane M. Grant-Kels, M.D., when she joined UConn Health. Dr. Grant-Kels completed her dermatopathology fellowship at New York University under the mentorship of Dr. A. Bernard Ackerman, as well as training in pediatrics and dermatology at The New York Hospital, Cornell University Medical College, where she also received her medical degree.

Since 1980, the dermatolopathology laboratory has grown in the number of interpreted specimens, number of faculty, sophistication of technology, and the number of students and residents who rotate through our laboratory. In April 2009, the Dermatology Department, including our dermatopathology laboratory, moved to a state-of-the-art new space.

How Do We Do This?

Because we are not a commercial laboratory, the UConn Dermatolopathology Laboratory can deliver personalized service, sophisticated technology, and offer referring physicians the ability to have difficult patients seen clinically for clinical-pathologic correlation either as a consult by one of our dermatologists-dermatopathologists or presented at our monthly grand rounds. Every complex case is leveled, special stained if needed, and studied at a conference held daily at our multiheaded microscope in order to elicit several, comprehensive opinions.

Daily cases are also used to help educate the next generation of physicians. We have medical students  and medical, family practice, as well as pediatric and pathology residents rotate through our laboratory to learn more about dermatology. In addition, we have a dermatology residency for which we have organized a complete dermatopathology curriculum that is arranged in concert with clinical and text book review in order for residents to learn about skin diseases grossly and microscopically, gaining a better understanding of how to treat patients.