Michael Porter, MD
Physicians who specialize in pathology are called pathologists. Most patients will never meet the pathologist when receiving healthcare services, but there is a strong likelihood that the pathologist has been involved in the patient’s care. Pathologists exam all tissue, fluid, and organ samples obtained during surgery, lab tests, and routine exams. They perform microscopic examinations and scientific analysis of the samples to determine whether the cells are healthy or abnormal. Pathologists may also be called upon to perform autopsies to determine the cause of death when it is not evident.