Clinical pathologists are physicians who specialize in the diagnosis of disease using laboratory analysis of bodily fluids and tissues using clinical tools such as chemistry, hematology, microbiology and molecular pathology.
Glenn E. Ramsey, MD, Director
The Blood Bank division of the clinical laboratory performs blood typing and cross-matching and provides blood components for patients who need transfusions.
The Blood Bank provides red blood cells, platelets, and plasma to treat anemia, bleeding disorders and hemorrhage in trauma and surgery.
The Blood Bank also provides special diagnostic testing for patients with auto-antibodies against their own red blood cells and for pregnant women at risk of making antibodies which could attack their babies red blood cells.
Gregory Retzinger, MD, PhD, Director
The Chemistry division of the clinical laboratory is responsible for measuring in blood or other bodily fluids the levels of various molecules relevant to disease. Data generated in the Chemistry laboratory is used to monitor a patient’s:
Yanming Zhang, MD, Director
The Cytogenetics division of the clinical laboratory performs conventional cytogenetic and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) analysis to detect chromosome and gene abnormalities in forms of cancer.
These genetic assessments are critical in establishing a diagnosis which helps clinicians determine optimal treatment protocols, in monitoring treatment response and disease status, and in determining disease risk stratification and prognosis.
Charles Goolsby, PhD, Director
The clinical Flow Cytometry laboratory measures the expression of multiple molecules on or in individual cells that are related to the lineage and differentiation of cells in the blood, bone marrow and lymphoid organs, offering crucial diagnostic data used in management of leukemia, lymphomas and other diseases.
These measurements are also used by clinicians to monitor a patient’s immune status in the wake of certain treatments.
Hematology & Hematopathology
LoAnn Peterson, MD, Director
The Hematology & Hematopathology division of the clinical laboratory measures and evaluates the cells in the blood and also in other bodily fluids such as cerebrospinal fluid.The data generated in the Hematology lab is used to monitor patient health and to evaluate patients with disease, particularly those with disorders that may affect the blood.
The Section of Hematopathology provides comprehensive diagnostic expertise relating to the evaluation of benign and malignant disorders of the blood, bone marrow, lymph nodes and other tissues.
The Section contributes to the multidisciplinary approach in the care of patients with hematologic diseases who are seen at Northwestern.
The Department of Pathology's staff may be contacted by using the Physician Access Line at 1-800-638-3737.
Paul F. Lindholm, MD, Director
The Hemostasis/Coagulation division of the clinical laboratory is responsible for measuring the hemostatic properties of blood and platelets in blood relevant to health and disease.
This division performs high-volume screening as well as specialized lab testing. Clinicians use data generated here to screen for disorders of hemostasis and thrombosis, and to monitor responses to various replacement, antiplatelet, and/or anticoagulation therapies.
Yashpal Kanwar, MD, Director
The Immunology division of the clinical laboratory is responsible for measuring in blood and other bodily fluids the levels of various auto-antibodies (antinuclear antibodies) and other antibodies, paraproteins and anomalous synthesis of immunoglobulins.
Chao Qi, PhD, Director
The clinical Microbiology laboratory offers state-of-the-art infectious disease laboratory diagnosis and consultation services for clinical staff and physicians.
Our laboratory expertise includes:
David M. Engman, MD, PhD, Director
The Molecular Diagnostics division of the clinical laboratory is responsible for nucleic acid (DNA and RNA)-based diagnosis in four areas:
Yijun Zhu, MD, Director
The Virology division of the clinical laboratory provides a full range of diagnostic services for the detection and monitoring of viral infections and for the determination of immune response to viral antigen exposure.
The data gathered in Virology is used by clinicians to make the diagnosis of viral infection, assess the response to antiviral therapy and to determine the immune status to viral pathogens.