Department of Pathology Diagnostic Services

Cytopathology

Overview

ace eventThe Division of Cytopathology in the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology at Columbia University Medical Center/ New York-Presbyterian Hospital is a state-of-the-art clinical diagnostic laboratory and a leading provider of testing and consultation in Cytopathology. The Division’s fully accredited laboratory is staffed by nationally recognized Cytopathologists with expertise in all areas of cytology.

The Division is responsible for the interpretation of all gynecologic and non-gynecologic cytology specimens at Columbia University Medical Center/ New York-Presbyterian Hospital (see test menu). Its services are also available to physicians outside the hospital who wish to take advantage of the Division’s expertise.

The Division works in close collaboration with professionals in personalized genomic medicine, flow cytometry and cytogenetics to offer specialized and personalized ancillary studies. Members of the Division work together in a multidisciplinary team approach to ensure the quality of testing and diagnosis. The Division is committed to providing superior testing services and to make personalized medicine a reality for our physicians and their patients.

Directed by Patricia Tiscornia-Wasserman, M.D., the Division of Cytopathology applies the most current and clinically relevant diagnostic, prognostic and predictive techniques in cytology and is nationally recognized for its expertise in cytological interpretations. Its seven Cytopathologists have in-depth expertise in the interpretation of cytologically diagnosed conditions including:

  • Cervical cancer
  • Head and neck lesions
  • Thyroid nodules
  • Pancreatic neoplasms
  • Liver tumors
  • Lung cancer
  • Urologic
  • Breast cancer

The Cytopathology faculty includes (click here to see faculty bios):

Xiaowei Chen, MD
John Crapanzano, MD
Abel Gonzalez, MD
Mehrvash Haghighi, MD
Diane Hamele-Bena, MD
Anjali Saqi, MD, MBA
Patricia Tiscornia-Wasserman, MD
Renu Virk, MD

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Test Menu

  • Gynecologic cytology, including:

    • Pap tests analyzed with Hologic liquid-base preparation and imaging system
    • Molecular HPV testing and genotyping with Roche Cobas PCR-based assay
    • Molecular testing for STIs
  • Fine needle aspiration of superficial and deep-seated masses:

    • Thyroid, head and neck, lymph nodes, pancreas, liver, lung, breast, bone, soft tissue, etc
  • Pulmonary cytology
  • Urinary cytology
  • Effusion cytology
  • CSF cytology
  • Pancreato-biliary cytology
  • Anal Pap test cytology
  • Nipple discharge
  • Broad range of diagnostic, prognostic and predictive ancillary techniques, including immunocytochemical analysis and molecular testing, in order to provide personalized medicine

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Outpatient Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy Service

Cytopathologists in the Division of Cytopathology perform FNA procedures and immediately evaluate the sample under a microscope at any outpatient clinic or at patient’s bedside. A significant benefit of this specialized service is that the Cytopathologist can determine if enough cellular material was obtained for interpretation. If not, additional cells are retrieved immediately, avoiding a second patient visit and delays in diagnosis.

In order to offer personalized care, Cytopathologists properly triage the cellular samples to specific ancillary studies, thus providing personalized and state-of-the-art cytopathology evaluation to patients. For specific procedures and for diagnostic, therapeutic and prognostic assessment, advanced molecular testing from these samples can be performed in the Division of Personalized Genomic Medicine within the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology at Columbia University Medical Center/ New York-Presbyterian Hospital laboratories.

For an appointment at the FNA Biopsy Services, call 212-305-2360.

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FNA Interpretation Services

The Division provides comprehensive FNA biopsy kits and collection instructions to clients for preparation of specimens. Once samples are received at the Division of Cytopathology, they are promptly analyzed by pathologists with advanced Cytology expertise. Results are reported within 24-48 hours unless ancillary studies are needed; results can be auto faxed, although our Cytopathologists will telephone the referring physician in case of significant findings or critical results. Fine needle aspiration (FNA) is an accurate, scar-free, safe, and relatively painless method of sampling almost any superficial or deep-seated lesion that can be felt or seen under imaging studies, such as ultrasounds (endoscopic or transbronchial) or CT scans FNA is frequently used to diagnoses neoplasms of the:

  • Head and neck
  • Thyroid
  • Salivary glands
  • Oropharyngeal sites
  • Pancreas
  • Lymph nodes
  • Lung
  • Liver
  • Breast

The Division of Cytopathology accepts FNA samples from external physicians for second opinion, consultations, primary evaluation and interpretation.

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FNA Biopsy Kit

The Division provides comprehensive FNA biopsy kits and collection instructions to clients for preparation of specimens. Once samples are received at the Division of Cytopathology, they are promptly analyzed by pathologists with advanced Cytology expertise. Results are reported within 24-48 hours unless ancillary studies are needed; results can be auto faxed, although our Cytopathologists will telephone the referring physician in case of significant findings or critical results. To request a fine needle aspiration collection kit or clarification of instructions, please call: 800-653-8200 or 212-305-4840.
(FNA Kit Instructions)

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Faculty

Test Menu

FNA Biopsy Service

FNA Interpretation Services
FNA Kit Instructions


Contact

Division of Cytopathology
630 W. 168th Street
P&S 16-402
New York, NY 10032
Phone 212-305-2360

Outpatient Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy Service
Phone: 212-305-2360

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Contact Us

  • Columbia University Pathology
    Client Services

    Tel: 800 653-8200
    Fax: 646 426-0080
    e-Mail:
    pathology_customerservice
    @columbia.edu
  • Autopsy

    Tel: 212 305-6239

    Clinical Laboratories

    Tel: 212 305-5602

    Cytopathology

    Tel: 212 305-2360

    GYN Pathology

    Tel: 212 305-3531

    Neuropathology

    Tel: 212 305-4531

    Renal Pathology

    Tel: 212 305-7460

    Surgical Pathology

    Tel: 212 305-6719
 
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