Department of Pathology Diagnostic Services


The Division of Neuropathology is responsible for the diagnosis of all biopsies of the central and peripheral nervous system and muscle, as well as all postmortem brain tissues. We are one of the larger Neuropathology laboratories in the country, examining over 1600 surgical specimens per year, including biopsies for brain tumors, infectious and inflammatory diseases, nerve and muscle diseases, dementias, and cerebrovascular disease.

We also examine brains removed at autopsy. Many of these come from patients who expire at CUMC, and others are from patients who had been followed by one of our Neurology services, but die outside of the Hospital. We manage a brain "bank" in which we store thousands of samples of post-mortem brain tissues, largely from patients with neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer disease, Parkinson disease, Huntington disease, and a large number of other, rarer disorders. These tissues are sent all over the country to research laboratories for their work on neurodegenerative diseases.

The Neuropathology service is staffed by 6 full-time, board-certified neuropathologists: Peter Canoll, MD, PhD (Director of Neuropathology, co-director of the brain tumor center); Phyllis Faust, MD, PhD; James Goldman, MD, PhD; Kurenai Tanji, MD, PhD (Director of neuromuscular service); Andrew Teich, MD, PhD; Jean Paul Vonsattel, MD (Director of the New York Brain Bank). Our faculty members have a wide variety of interests and expertise, including nerve and muscle disease, neurodegenerative disorders, brain tumors, and developmental conditions.

See also:

Department of Pathology Neuromuscular Service

New York Brain Bank at Columbia University

Bartoli Brain Tumor Lab

Columbia University
Department of Pathology
630 W. 168th Street
Box #23
New York, NY 10032
Phone 212-305-4531
Fax 212-305-4548

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Columbia University
Department of Pathology
630 W. 168th Street
New York, NY 10032

The New York Presbyterian Hospital
at Columbia University
Medical Center
622 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
(212) 305-2500
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