April 25, 2023
Pathologists play a major role in healthcare, but not everyone knows just how big a part they really play. That’s because pathologists often operate behind the scenes, providing diagnoses on a wide variety of tissue samples and performing clinical interpretation of laboratory results. They can also hold key leadership roles in laboratory quality systems and laboratory regulations. To put it simply, their work is vital to diagnosing, treating and curing disease.
However, the number of pathologists in the U.S. decreased by almost 18% between 2007 and 2017, according to a National Institutes of Health survey. At the same time, the workload per pathologist increased by almost 42%. Dr. Brian Poirier, medical director of coagulation and endocrinology laboratories at Labcorp Esoteric Business Unit (EBU) Labs, and Dr. Deborah Sesok-Pizzini, chief medical officer at Labcorp Diagnostics, knew something had to be done.