UT DermPath provides precise, accurate and unambiguous diagnoses to patients by studying tissue samples under the microscope. After a clinician submits a sample of tissue — such as a skin biopsy — to UT DermPath, board-certified dermatopathologists study and analyze the sample in order to make a precise diagnosis for the clinician and patient.

Physicians, click here to review your patient’s report.

Services

UT DermPath provides complete diagnostic service in dermatopathology to clinicians and the patients they serve. Samples such as skin, nails, hair and mucous membranes can be sent to the UT DermPath Lab for testing. Dermatopathologists can also work in consultation roles on challenging cases. Supplies for submitting samples can be ordered online via UT DermPath or by calling 901-866-8834.

To help us provide the most personal service possible, please call and speak to a dermatopathologist or a client services representative about your dermatopathology needs.

You may submit samples in formalin (or Michel’s or Zeus’ media) to the UT DermPath lab in one of two ways:

  1. Local courier pickup (in Shelby County and northern Mississippi). If you would like to utilize our courier service, please call (901) 866-8834 and select option 1.
  2. Via FedEx. Place the sample in a biohazard bag, and enclose a requisition form and a copy of the patient’s insurance card. Place all items in a FedEx clinical Pak bag or a FedEx box. Adhere the FedEx airbill and choose “Standard Overnight” as the shipping method. Please call 855-DERMPATH (855-337-6728) and select option 1 to obtain our FedEx account number for shipping.

Click here for GUIDELINES FOR SPECIMEN SUBMISSION.

UT DermPath provides consultation for challenging dermatologic cases. To begin the consultation process, submit patient slides to the UT DermPath lab.

If you have slides:

Place slides in a slide container, preferably wrapped in bubble wrap. Please enclose the following items in your shipment, if available:

  • A UT DermPath requisition form or a physician’s consult request letter
  • The original pathology report
  • A copy of the patient’s insurance card

Place all items in a FedEx clinical Pak bag or a FedEx box. Adhere the FedEx airbill and choose “Standard Overnight” as the shipping method. Please call 855-DERMPATH (855-337-6728) and select option 1 to obtain our FedEx account number for shipping. Alternatively, if you are located in the Shelby County or northern Mississippi areas, our courier can pick up the slides. If you would like to utilize our courier service, please call (901) 866-8834 and select option 1.

If you do not have slides:

Please contact the original laboratory and request that slides be sent to:

UT DermPath
930 Madison Ave, Suite 890
Memphis, TN 38103

Enclose the following additional items, if available:

  • A UT DermPath requisition form or a physician’s consult request letter
  • The original pathology report
  • A copy of the patient’s insurance card

If the lab requires a FedEx account number, please call the UT DermPath lab at 855-DERMPATH (855-337-6728) and select option 1 to obtain our FedEx account number for shipping.

Supplies

To order shipping materials and supplies before you submit your sample to the UT DermPath lab, please fill out the form.

What is dermatopathology?
Dermatopathology is the study of skin, nails, hair and mucous membranes under the microscope.  When a clinician submits a sample of tissue (example: a skin biopsy) to the laboratory, a diagnosis is provided.  Unlike some blood or urine samples, this testing is not automated or analyzed by a machine.  Rather, a physician makes a diagnosis from this tissue by examining it under the microscope.  A dermatopathologist is a physician with the necessary training and expertise to make the most accurate and precise diagnosis from a skin specimen using a microscope.

Why did I receive a bill from UT DermPath?
Although you may not have personally seen one of our UTMG dermatopathology physicians as a patient, this doctor spent time and effort studying your skin sample to make the best possible diagnosis.  Often, our dermatopathologist communicates closely with the clinician who examined you to correlate the findings.  Interpreting your biopsy or excision sample requires skill and expertise, and it is performed by a board-certified physician.  This service is not a simple lab test, but rather a consultation sought by your clinician.  As such, the service is billable, similar to other medical services performed by physicians “behind the scenes,” such as interpreting an MRI.

What if I have a question about my bill?
We have a responsive and caring team that will make every effort to clarify your billing statement and resolve any issues.  Please call 901-866-8834, or toll free 855-DERMPATH (855-337-6728), and select option #2 to speak with one of our billing specialists.

How do I obtain a copy of my pathology report?
You have a right to your report, and you may request a copy by calling our office at 901-866-8834, or toll free 855-DERMPATH (855-337-6728) and selecting option #5.  However, we caution that your report likely contains medical jargon, often very specialized and complicated terminology.  We strongly recommend that you review the report with the clinician who performed the biopsy or excision.

How do I contact UT DermPath?
Our caring team is available at 901-866-8834, or toll free at 855-DERMPATH (855-337-6728).  Our office hours are from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.

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Our Doctors

The UT DermPath laboratory is staffed by three board-certified dermatopathologists. Each doctor is a member of the faculty of the University Of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis Department of Dermatology.



Kristopher R. Fisher, MD, FAAD

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Dr. Fisher is board certified in Dermatology by American Board of Dermatology and in Dermatopathology by American Boards of Dermatology and Pathology.

Tejesh Patel, MD, FAAD


Dr. Patel is board certified in Dermatology by the American Board of Dermatology and in Dermatopathology by the American Boards of Dermatology and Pathology.

M. Barry Randall, MD, FCAP

Dr. Randall is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology by the American Board of Pathology and in Dermatopathology by the American Boards of Dermatology and Pathology.