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Our Mission:

The mission of the Laboratory of Pathology of the National Cancer Institute is to achieve the highest level of quality in research, diagnostics, and education.


We support the research mission of the NCI and the NIH by:

  • investigating the biology and genetics of cancer and other diseases
  • developing and applying leading edge technology to diagnostic pathology
  • providing collaborative support for clinical research protocols

In this endeavor we value scientific originality, integrity, and productivity while maintaining the highest level of ethical principles. 

Diagnostics & Clinical Service

We take responsibility for all anatomic pathology services for the NIH as well as others who seek our expertise through consultation. Our goal is to provide the most accurate diagnostic interpretation in the most efficient manner, supported by a commitment to quality improvement.

Education & Mentorship

Through the training of residents and fellows in diagnostics and research, we create future leaders in clinical and experimental pathology.  As an organization, we share our expertise and teaching with the clinical and scientific community. 

Accreditation and Certification

The Laboratory of Pathology has received accreditation from The College of American Pathologists (CAP) and The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). The Laborataory of Pathology is also certified pursuant to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) by the Department of Health and Human Services Health Care Financing Administration. These certificates are available in PDF format (see below).

These certificates can also be FAXED upon request by calling (301) 480-8470.





Last updated by Chinquee, Joseph (NIH/NCI) [E] on Feb 15, 2017