Anatomic Pathology

The Anatomic Pathology Division provides diagnostic services to Children's Hospital Los Angeles, including pathological evaluations of surgical specimens, biopsies and autopsies. Consultative services for childhood diseases are offered to other hospitals and physicians.

Anatomic Pathology resources include:

  • Histology Laboratory: prepares histological sections slides from specimens and performs histochemical and immunohistochemical stains that help pathologists to make diagnoses
  • Molecular Genetic Diagnostics: performs genetic testing on human tissues and tumors for the purposes of diagnosis, treatment, and genetic counseling
  • Electron Microscopy Laboratory: performs ultrastructural analysis that enables pathologists to observe cellular abnormalities at a submicroscopic level
  • Biorepository
  • Pathology Core Laboratory

CHLA has many sophisticated research laboratories where childhood diseases are studied in depth; these laboratories use the services of our Biorepository and Pathology Core Laboratory.


The Anatomical Pathology Division is fully staffed with board-certified pathologists including pediatric pathologists, hematopathologists, neuropathologists and a molecular pathologist - all with advanced medical and scientific training. Areas of special expertise in addition to general pediatric pathology include:

  • Cytopathology
  • Digital Pathology
  • Gastrointestinal pathology
  • Nephropathology
  • Neuromuscular pathology
  • Ultrastructural pathology
  • Hematopathology
  • National/international central review for neuroblastoma and pediatric brain tumors
  • Bone and soft tissue tumors
  • In Situ Hybridization

Pediatric Pathology Fellowship

The Division of Anatomic Pathology also offers a Fellowship in Pediatric Pathology and participates with Keck School of Medicine USC in fellowships in Neuropathology and Hematopathology, all with the expectation that the graduates will qualified to take ACGME board examination in their respective subspecialties. The Outreach Division of CHLA offers a three month international fellowship for pathologists in other countries who are already in pathology practice and who wish to participate in an observership in a large pediatric medical center.

Pediatric Pathology Fellowship