The University of Arizona Medical Center -- Academic Medicine is Smart Medicine

Testing for a Wide Range of Conditions

Our pathology department is dedicated to caring for the diverse population in the Southwest. We examine samples from blood, body fluids, bone marrow, lymph nodes and other tissues from both children and adults. With our leading-edge testing we can provide accurate and timely consultations and diagnoses for a wide range of conditions affecting the breast, lungs, heart, skin, stomach, intestines, liver, cells, genitals, urinary tract, prostate, blood, muscles, nerves and kidneys.

The multiple techniques available in our lab help us provide state-of-the-art results for people in the hospital as well as others who are seeking a second opinion or confirmations of results. Our testing options include:


  • Special histochemical stains
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Immunofluorescence
  • In situ hybridization
  • On-site flow cytometry
  • Electron microscopy
  • Cytogenetics
  • Histocompatibility
  • Specialized coagulation testing
  • New molecular lab studies

We specialize in support for transplants, including heart, kidney, lung, liver, pancreas, intestine, bone marrow and the soon-to-launch hand transplant program. For cancer prevention and treatment, we provide advanced diagnostic services, including tailored gene and protein measurements.

Telepathology plays a central role in our teaching, patient care and research. Under the leadership of Ronald S. Weinstein, MD, we have established a telemedicine network throughout the state. In our outreach program serving rural Arizona, we have seen approximately 4,000 diagnostic surgical pathology/telepathology cases.

In research, we balance basic science with clinical investigations. Our programs include National Cancer Institute-funded studies of gastrointestinal cancer and lymphoma, studies of the neurobiology of aging, and the mechanisms of treatment resistance in lymphoma and melanoma research. Our 15,000-square-foot fifth floor is dedicated to research.

Our department has three full-time hematopathologists: Catherine Spier, MD; Lisa Rimsza, MD; and Deborah Fuchs, MD.

Clinical Trials

The University of Arizona Health Network conducts a variety of research studies and clinical trials with a commitment to improving patient care. View examples of our work by clicking below.

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