Anatomic Pathology Services at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center are based on a diagnostic Centers of Excellence model that encompasses all of surgical pathology and cytopathology. This model has been in effect for nearly 12 years and more as part of the commitment of the Department of Pathology to provide our clinical and surgical colleagues with subspecialty pathology expertise. All pathology material received from our four teaching hospitals including UPMC Presbyterian, UPMC Shadyside, Magee-Womens Hospital, and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is triaged to subspecialty benches organized by organ system, an activity which can only be done with our current volumes of material of approximately 110,000 surgicals and 400,000 cytology specimens. Surgical pathology cases are triaged to Centers of Excellence at one of the four hospitals and are signed out by diagnostic pathologists who have both fellowship training and subspecialty interest in that organ system, an approach we believe provides patients with the best diagnostic pathology care and physicians with ideal collaborative relationships for bench to bedside care.

UPMC Presbyterian Hospital

UPMC Presbyterian represents the largest physical site for the Centers of Excellence, and includes the following COEs: gastrointestinal, otolaryngic, thoracic, cytopathology, neuropathology, medical kidney disease, transplant pathology, autopsy pathology, and hematopathology.

UPMC Shadyside Hospital

UPMC Shadyside Hospital is a tertiary hospital that provides a complete spectrum of medical care. The Hillman Cancer Center is located adjacent to UPMC Shadyside Hospital and serves as the model for cancer care in Western Pennsylvania. The Division of UPMC Shadyside Hospital is comprised of eight faculty members and additional UPMC pathologists who provide specialty expertise in particular areas of pathology diagnostics. UPMC Shadyside Hospital plays a critical component in the Centers of Excellence Model that is practiced at UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Presbyterian, and Magee-Womens Hospitals. Centers of Excellence at UPMC Shadyside Hospital are cytology, urologic pathology, bone and soft tissue pathology, dermatopathology, molecular diagnostics, informatics, and quality assurance.

Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC

Magee-Womens Hospital is home to the Division of Gynecologic, Perinatal, and Breast Pathology. This Division specializes in breast, gynecologic, placental/perinatal, surgical pathology, gynecologic cytopathology, and performs all related diagnostic, teaching, and research activities for UPMC.

UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

The UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh is home to the Division of Pediatric Pathology, which offers a full array of state of the art diagnostic services in the areas of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.

UPMC Community Hospitals

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has increased its outreach to the community of Western Pennsylvania and its hospitals in a radius of nearly 150 miles. As part of this augmentation of services to our extended community, the four UPMC Hospitals affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh and the Department of Pathology provide the peripheral UPMC affiliated hospitals with pathologists that lead the pathology operations and are highly integrated as active and vital members of our Department.