International Pathology Day - November 16, 2016


As is your Pathology, so is your medicine.  -  William Osler

Pathologists and the medical laboratory teams are the cornerstone of accurate diagnoses for patients. In fact, test results comprise approximately 70 percent of a patient’s medical record today. Whether it’s a routine health screen, cancer diagnosis, or blood donation — pathologists care for patients in small communities and metropolitan areas across the globe. Pathologists are also involved in creating new knowledge through research and disseminating it through education.

A pathologist is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and classification of diseases by looking at tissue or cells under a microscope and by interpreting medical laboratory tests. We care for patients every day, performing and interpreting tests that save lives and keep people healthy.

November 16, 2016 is International Pathology Day, a day to highlight the contribution of pathology to global health care. Pathology and laboratory test results drive a significant portion of clinical decisions, from diagnosis to therapy, with the ultimate goal of providing excellent patient care.

Using state-of-the-art technology and instrumentation, pathologists and laboratory professionals perform and supervise tests that lead to the detection of potential health problems; the sooner a disease is caught, the better the outcome. We are a part of the team to guide and assess patients’ ongoing treatment and care.

The website,, gives an outline of work performed by the pathologist.

The College of American Pathologists new site,, also features a series of videos which demonstrate the important work that pathologists do to keep all of us healthy.