Dermatopathology Laboratory Services

The UCI Health Dermatopathology Laboratory is the leader in assessing biopsies and tissue samples for our university clinicians as well as for community physicians throughout Orange County and the region.

We offer a wide range of diagnostics testing, which include histopathologic evaluation by H&E stains, special and immunohistochemical stains and molecular techniques to provide diagnostic information to the referring physician.

Our lab uses the CoPath Pathology Management system to better serve referring physicians. The web-based reporting system provides results with a quick turnaround time, using secure automatic faxing and web access of reports that meets patient privacy requirements under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Our board-certified UCI Health dermatopathologists are always available for second opinions and to discuss prognosis and treatment options.

Our dermatopathologists include:

For more information or to request a consultation, please call 714-456-5556.

We are happy to assist you with your submission over the phone or by email.

Location and general inquiries:
101 City Drive South
Building 52, Room 123
Orange, CA 92868

Phone: 714-456-5556
Fax: 714-456-8859
dpinfo@hs.uci.edu

Hours of operation:
Open — Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m
Closed — weekends and holidays 

 

To submit a wet specimen to the Dermatopathology Lab, please download a copy of our submission form.

Submission requirements:

  • Shaded areas on the slip are required fields that must be filled in to avoid any delay in processing your specimens or slides. And specimens with missing or conflicting information will not be processed until clarification can be obtained from the submitting physician.
  • Wet specimens are read as original diagnosis.
  • Next, attach a copy of the patient’s demographic information and a copy of the patient’s current insurance information with the submission form. (If the patient has HMO insurance, please include the authorization.)
  • Follow standard formalin shipping guidelines when sending specimens. If you have questions about how to send your specimens, please contact us at 714-456-5556.
  • If your specimen is urgent, please mark your paperwork “urgent,” along with your contact number so that our dermatopathologist can reach you.
  • Send your specimen to:

    UCI Health Dermatopathology
    101 The City Drive South
    Building 52, Room 123 (Mail Route 98)
    Orange, CA 92868

Slides read by the dermatopathologist for a second opinion are slide consultations.

To submit slides for consultation or a second opinion, please download a copy of the submission form ›

Submission requirements:

  • Shaded areas on the slip are required fields that must be filled-in to avoid any delay in the processing of your specimens or slides. Specimens with missing or conflicting information will not be processed pending clarification from the submitting physician.
  • When filling out the submission form, list each slide being submitted on its own line.
  • When sending multiple cases but want only a specific case to be read, indicate the slide by number on the submitting slip. (All slides submitted will be reviewed and billed appropriately unless otherwise specified.)
  • Please send the original hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) slide and any associated special stains and immunohistochemical stains. If possible, also send the tissue block or five (5) unstained-charged slides in the event that further immunoperoxidase testing is needed to confirm the diagnosis.
  • Attach a copy of the patient’s demographic information and a copy of the patient’s current insurance information with the submission form. (If the patient has HMO insurance, please contact the dermatopathology lab at 714-456-5556.)
  • Please include a preferred return address for the specimens being sent.
  • If your specimen is urgent, please mark "urgent" on your paperwork and include a contact number for our dermatopathologist.
  • Please send your specimen to:

    UCI Health Dermatopathology
    101 The City Drive South
    Building 52, Room 123 (Mail Route 98)
    Orange, CA 92868

Provider requests

Providers requesting UCI Health slides or UCI Health Dermatopathology reports can do so by filling out an Authorization for Release of Health Information form.

Submission requirements:

  • Provide the name and address to where the slide(s) should be mailed. Please write legibly to avoid any delays in sending the requested information.
  • Slides will be sent via certified mail to the requester.
  • Providers needing slides sooner may provide a FedEx slip to facilitate delivery.
  • Please fax your request to UCI Health Dermatopathology Lab at 714-456-8859, attention Medical Records Request.

Patient requests

Patients requesting that their UCI Health slides or reports be sent to another provider can do so by filling out an Authorization for Release of Health Information form.

Submission requirements:

  • Please provide the name and address where the slide(s) should be mailed. Write legibly to avoid any delays in sending the request. Slides will be sent via certified mail to the provider.
  • If the requester needs urgent delivery, please provide a FedEx slip and slides will be sent overnight.
  • Please fax requests to the UCI Health Dermatopathology Lab at 714-456-8859, attention Medical Records Request.

Patients seeking a personal copy of a report may do so during an office visit or request a copy by filling out an Authorization for Release of Health Information form.