Because different skin conditions require specific treatments, quick and accurate diagnosis is an important part of your care. In some cases, it is necessary to perform laboratory testing to confirm the nature of a skin condition. In these cases, a dermatopathologist reviews samples on a microscopic or molecular level to determine exactly what you’re facing.

At ColumbiaDoctors, our dermatopathologists are experts in the examination and interpretation of a wide range of diagnostic tests, including skin biopsies. Physicians from across the tri-state area trust ColumbiaDoctors to provide reliable results as quickly as possible. Under the direction of Dr. David Silvers and his team of board-certified dermatopathologists, the dermatopathology laboratory processes over 150,000 specimens per year. And for circumstances that require additional analysis, the service collaborates with the Surgical Pathology department as well.

Dermatopathology Update

An update on COVID-19 and the Dermatopathology Service

As we continue to monitor all guidance from public health authorities regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact, the Dermatopathology Service at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) will remain OPEN.

Here at CUIMC, the safety of your patients and your practice remains our number one priority. We will continue to follow all best practices for infection control. 

  • All of our drivers are trained to handle infectious materials
  • All specimens will be collected safely
  • All appropriate efforts will be made to minimize the risk of transmission between offices

We will follow all recommendations from public health agencies, including wearing latex gloves and maintaining an appropriate distance to ensure the safety and well-being of your patients and staff.

You will continue to receive reports by delivery, fax, and online. If you would like assistance with viewing reports on Novopath’s portal, please contact us at:

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Division of Dermatopathology
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
630 West 168th St.
New York, NY 10032

Tel: (212) 305-2155
Fax: (212) 927-9704