Anatomic Pathology Consultation Services

Anatomic Pathology services at the University of Pittsburgh are oriented around a Center of Excellence model with diagnostic pathologists focused on specific organs of interest. These interests cover all areas of Anatomic Pathology, including Neuropathology, Transplantation Pathology, and Cytopathology. Associated with these consultants are specialized technical services providing immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy, in situ hybridization, molecular anatomic pathology, array comparative genomic hybridization, and specialized histochemistry particularly focused on neuromuscular disorders.

Indicated below is the website where our consultation form can be found (AP-Consultation-Form.pdf), associated with the various consultants in the Department of Pathology who provide these subspecialty diagnostic services.

Submission of Specimens

Cases sent to the University of Pittsburgh can be sent to specific consultants or specific Centers of Excellence using the consultation form (AP-Consultation-Form.pdf). Each of these consultants is located at one of the four sites indicated below.

    UPMC - Presbyterian University Hospital
    Department of Pathology
    Consultation Services
    Room C606
    200 Lothrop Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    P: 412-647-8275
    F: 412-647-0221

    UPMC Shadyside Hospital
    Dept. of Pathology
    Consultation Services
    Room WG02
    5230 Centre Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15232
    P: 412-623-2318
    F: 412-623-6450

    Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC
    Dept. of Pathology
    Consultation Services
    Room 4109
    300 Halket Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    P: 412-641-4641
    F: 412-641-6169

    Dept. of Dermatopathology
    Consultation Services
    South Tower, Suite 5820
    200 Lothrop Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    P: 412-864-3860
    F: 412-864-3890

    UPMC St. Margaret
    Dept. of Pathology
    Consultation Services
    815 Freeport Road
    Pittsburgh, PA 15215
    P: 412-784-4130
    F: 412-784-4985

    UPMC Clinic Lab Building
    Dept. of Hematopathology
    Consultation Services
    9th Floor, Room 9032
    3477 Euler Way
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    P: 412-864-6175
    F: 412-864-1784

    UPMC Montefiore Hospital
    Dept. of Transplant
    Consultation Services
    Room E-733
    3459 Fifth Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    P: 412-647-7645
    F: 412-647-5237

    UPMC Presbyterian Hospital
    Dept. of Neuropathology
    Consultation Services
    South Tower, M8719
    200 Lothrop Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    P: 412-647-9417
    F: 412-647-5602

Payment for Services - UPP Pathology

Consults with IHC's

For 2014 our consults range in price from $150.00 to $650.00 based on the complexity of the case and includes IHC's performed.

Level One $150 slide only review
Level Two $250 consult and up to three special stains
Level Three $375 consult and up to 7 special stains
Level Four $ 550 consult and up to 11 special stains
Level Five $650 consult with more than 12 special stains

Note: This pricing is intended to be a general guideline. Final consultation charge is determined by the consulting pathologist and is based on pathologist time and complexity of case.
FISH and molecular testing are not included and are separate charges.

We have two methods of billing as follows:

Client Invoicing to Referring Institution

For consultation services to be paid by your institution, you will receive one bill for both the professional and technical services from the University of Pittsburgh Physicians Pathology Department (UPP). Invoices are issued by our finance department every two weeks and payment is due within 30 days of receipt. When an institution is invoiced directly, we do not provide corresponding CPT codes for the services. We will provide a copy of the completed pathology report for your coding staff to review and assign appropriate CPT codes. Our payment address is:

    UPP Pathology
    University of Pittsburgh Physicians
    P.O. Box 7406
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213
    Fax: 412-648-9691

    University of Pittsburgh Physicians
    Department of Pathology Tax ID is: 23-2919472 (View and print the W-9)

In addition to checks, we will accept all major credit cards. Please contact Pathology Finance at 412-648-2306 when paying by credit card. For credit card payments, please be prepared to provide the following: type of card (Visa, Mastercard, etc.), expiration date, credit card number, card holder's name, CVD number, and the address/fax number where the receipt is to be sent. Please be sure to provide identifying case information so the appropriate account is credited.

Third Party Billing

Complete patient demographic and insurance information must be sent along with the specimen. UPP Pathology will attempt to bill the patient's insurance and collect payment. We must also be a participating provider with the insurance. UPP Pathology participates with Medicare, Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and most major insurers. If the patient's insurance requires an authorization number, the number must be submitted with the specimen and the demographic material. Please check with the patients insurance before sending the specimen for review. The NPI number of the referring physician is also required. We regret, but, at this time, we can accept only Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio State Medical Assistance.

If payment is denied by the patient's insurance, your institution will be invoiced for the services and will be responsible for payment. Please ensure that you or your institution informs the patient that they will be responsible for any co-pay, coinsurance, or deductible that their insurance may require.

Demographic material should include enough information to sufficiently register the patient. Demographics include the following: patient full name and date of birth, complete address and telephone number, insurance name and address, insurance ID number, group number, and complete address and contact telephone number. Please be HIPAA compliant when sending the information.

Fresh Tissue Specimens and Specialized Testing

We will attempt to bill fresh tissue specimens to the patient's insurance when we have received sufficient patient information and we are participating with the insurance. In the event that the service is denied, you will be responsible for payment of two invoices: one from the hospital where your specimen was submitted for testing for the technical component and one from UPP Pathology for the professional component.

All specialized testing (ordered without a consult) is billed directly to the submitting institution. For these services, please include with your paperwork your billing contact (person approving payment) along with their telephone number and billing address. In addition to checks, we accept all major credit cards. For credit card payments send the following: type of card (Visa, Mastercard, etc.), expiration date, credit card number, card holder's name, CVD number, and the address/fax number where the receipt is to be sent. Please see each specialty's web page for specifics on the technical component billing and pricing.

Download the Specimen Collection Requirements Manual, effective September 2013, here.

Consultants on Staff

Autopsy/Infectious Pathology

Jeffrey S. Nine, MD
Presbyterian: 412-864-1470

Bone-Soft Tissue Pathology

Alka Palekar, MD
Liron Pantanowitz, MD
Uma N. M. Rao, MD
Karen Schoedel, MD
Shadyside: 412-623-3038

Breast/Gynecologic Pathology and GYN-Cytopathology

R. Marshall Austin, MD
Rohit Bhargava, MBBS
Gloria J. Carter, MD
David Dabbs, MD
Esther Elishaev, MD
Jeffrey Fine, MD
Mirka Jones, MD
Anisa Kanbour, MD
Amal Kanbour-Shakir, MD, PhD
Olga Navolotskaya, MD
Giuliana Trucco, MD
Magee: 412-641-4641

Cardiac Pathology

A. Jake Demetris, MD
412-647-2072

Samuel A. Yousem, MD
412-647-6193

Non-Gynecologcal Cytopathology

Sheldon Bastacky, MD - Genitourinary Cytopathology
Presbyterian: 412-647-9612

Walid E. Khalbuss, MD, PhD - Urine and Fluid Cytology, FNA Cytopathology, and Ancillary Testing
Shadyside: 412-623-2790

Sara E. Monaco, MD - Lymph node and Pediatric Cytopathology, FNA Cytopathology, and Ancillary Studies
Shadyside: 412-623-3745

N. Paul Ohori, MD - Thyroid, ENT, Thoracic Cytopathology
Presbyterian: 412-647-3478

Reetesh K. Pai, MD - Pancreatobiliary, Gastrointestinal, and Liver Cytopathology
Presbyterian: 412-647-3935

Liron Pantanowitz, MD - Musculoskeletal, Hematopoietic, Infections, FNA and Exfoliative Cytology, and Ancillary Testing
Shadyside: 412-623-5950

Frank Schneider, MD - Thyroid, Thoracic Cytopathology
Presbyterian: 412-647-6203

Karen Schoedel, MD - Bone and Soft Tissue and Pancreatobiliary Cytopathology
Presbyterian: 412-647-9575

Dermatopathology/IF

Jon Ho, MD
Shadyside: 412-623-2337

Endocrine Pathology

Simon Chiosea, MD
Yuri Nikiforov, MD, PhD
Robert L. Peel, MD
Raja Seethala, MD
Presbyterian: 412-647-3731

Eye Pathology

Charleen Chu, MD, PhD
Presbyterian: 412-647-9417

FISH Studies

Sanja Dacic, MD, PhD
Presbyterian: 412-647-8694

Genitourinary Pathology

Rajiv Dhir, MD
Anil Parwani, MD, PhD
Shadyside: 412-623-1321

Sheldon Bastacky, MD
Presbyterian: 412-647-9612

GI Pathology

Shih-Fan Kuan, MD, PhD
Presbyterian: 412-647-3720

Head and Neck Pathology

Simon Chiosea, MD
Robert L. Peel, MD
Raja Seethala, MD
Presbyterian: 412-647-3732

Hematopathology

Steven H. Swerdlow, MD
Lydia Contis, MD
Fiona Craig, MD
Miroslav Djokic, MD
Raymond E. Felgar, MD, PhD
Sarah E. Gibson, MD
Christine Roth, M.D.
Lisa Robinson, MD
Presbyterian: 412-647-5191

Informatics

Anil Parwani, MD, PhD
Liron Pantanowitz, MD
Shadyside: 412-623-3941

Kidney/EM

Sheldon Bastacky, MD
Presbyterian: 412-647-9612

Malignant Melanoma

Uma N. M. Rao, MD
Shadyside: 412-647-2319
(See Dermatopathology)

Molecular Anatomic Pathology

Sanja Dacic, MD, PhD
Presbyterian: 412-647-3720

Neuropathology

Clayton Wiley, MD, PhD
Charleen Chu, MD, PhD
Julia Kofler, MD
Ronald Hamilton, MD
Geoffrey Murdoch, MD, PhD
Presbyterian: 412-647-9417

Perinatal Pathology

W. Tony Parks, MD
Magee: 412-641-3708

Pediatric Pathology

Miguel Reyes-M˙gica, MD
Ron Jaffe, MB, BCh
John Ozolek, MD
Sarangarajan Ranganathan, MD
Childrens: 412-692-5650

Pulmonary and Mediastinal Pathology

Samuel A. Yousem, MD
Sanja Dacic, MD, PhD
N. Paul Ohori, MD
Frank Schneider, MD
Presbyterian: 412-647-6193

Transplant and Hepatic Pathology

A. Jake Demetris, MD
Marta I. Minervini, MD
Michael Nalesnik, MD
Parmjeet Randhawa, MD
Eizaburo Sasatomi, MD, PhD
Montefiore: 412-647-7645

Tumor Cytogenetics

Uma N. M. Rao, MD
Shadyside: 412-623-2319

Urvashi Surti, PhD
Magee: 412-641-4267