LSU Health offers academic-caliber renal pathology services to private and public organizations. Led by Dr. Guillermo Herrera, our renal pathology team offers 24-hour diagnostic renal pathology services including electron microscopy across the nation.


Welcome to the Department of Anatomic Pathology

The Division of Anatomic Pathology has over 25 full-time faculty members. Serving both the northwest region of Louisiana as well as other areas of the country through outreach services, the department receives a unique and fascinating blend of case material, research, and teaching opportunities. Diagnostic consensus sign out conferences multiple times per week provide the framework for diagnostic excellence in the many subspecialty areas. Anatomic Pathology has a diverse list of specialties with faculty participating in a daily subspecialty sign-out.

Anatomic Subspecialties

Autopsy Pathology

The primary purpose of an autopsy is to assist in providing information, knowledge, closure and healing to an individual's family. Our compassionate team of experts strongly believe in preserving the dignity and privacy of each patient and their family by treating the patient in the same manner we would treat one of our own. We are committed to performing our services efficiently and accurately to achieve minimal delay in releasing the decedent to a designated funeral home. LSU Health Shreveport Pathology Autopsy Services offers three categories of autopsy: medical, private, and forensic. For more information, please contact the Medical Director of Autopsy services at 318-675-5865.

Breast Pathology

Our team of breast pathology experts is committed to evaluating and accurately classifying breast tissue specimens. In addition to diagnosis, we also offer ancillary testing in the field of breast pathology such as hormone receptor (ER, PR) and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER-2/neu) status. Knowing the exact type of breast cancer and the specifics of its prognostic factors is critical to creating a treatment plan unique to each patient. Pathologists meet weekly with surgical, radiology, and oncology experts in the field of breast disease to discuss each patient’s unique pathology and further assist in treatment plans.


Cytopathology is the subspecialty of pathology that studies and diagnoses diseases by examining individual cells. The first cytopathology test developed was the Pap test which is widely used for screening and diagnosing cervical cancer. The practice of cytopathology has since expanded to include sampling from nearly all body sites. Specimens include but are not limited to fine needle aspirations, body fluids, and cervical/vagina pap smears. A one year ACGME accredited fellowship program is offered.


Dermatopathology focuses on the study of cutaneous diseases to include both neoplastic and non-neoplastic diseases. Pathologists specializing in dermatopathology are highly trained and board certified in this subspecialty. With more than 1500 different disorders of the skin, pathologists utilize microscopy, immunofluorescence, and special stains to assist clinicians in better understanding the disease process in each patient.

Gastrointestinal Pathology

Gastrointestinal pathology focuses on diseases both neoplastic and non-neoplastic of the digestive tract and accessory organs such as the liver and pancreas. With the aid of light microscopy and special stains, the specialized GI pathologist evaluates biopsies and works closely with a team of GI physicians to better aid in the diagnosis, prognosis and monitoring of gastrointestinal diseases.

Genitourinary Pathology

Genitourinary pathology service evaluates and characterizes both neoplastic and non-neoplastic disease of the urinary tract, male genital tract, testes, and kidney. Genitourinary pathologists work closely with urologic surgeons to provide accurate diagnosis and assist in better patient care.

Gynecologic Pathology

Gynecologic pathology focuses on disease that affects the female reproductive system, including the ovary, uterus, cervix, and vulva. Our highly experienced gynecologic pathologists work closely with clinicians to provide comprehensive pathology services, and they are passionate about women’s health, education, and research.

Head and Neck/Endocrine Pathology

The diverse subspecialty of head, neck, and endocrine pathology includes neoplastic and non-neoplastic diseases from the anatomic zones of the oral cavity, sinonasal tract, larynx, hypopharynx, salivary gland, ear, temporal bone, neck, thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal gland. We offer molecular testing of tumors in addition to routine pathology services and immunohistochemistry. Pathologists participate in weekly interdepartmental conferences with surgery, radiology, and oncology to further assist in patient care.

Medical Renal Pathology

Medical renal pathology is a subspecialty that studies non-neoplastic disease processes of the kidney. Our specialized team works closely with nephrologists for comprehensive patient care. Standard processing of all medical renal biopsies includes evaluation by light microscopy, immunofluorescence, and transmission electron microscopy.

Neuromuscular and Ophthalmic Pathology

Neuromuscular and ophthalmic pathology specialty offers comprehensive services for the evaluation of central nervous system, nerve, muscle, and ophthalmic disease. The results of biopsies and special studies such as enzyme histochemistry and electron microscopy are interpreted by a specialized team of pathologists with fellowship training and board certification in this area.

Pediatric Pathology

Pediatric pathology incorporates the diagnosis and characterization of neoplastic and non-neoplastic diseases of children. Our fellowship trained pediatric pathologist works closely with clinicians and examines samples from a variety of locations to evaluate for childhood diseases.

Pulmonary and Thoracic Pathology

Pulmonary pathology service includes a variety of biopsy and resection specimens from areas of the lung, trachea, bronchi, pleura, lymph nodes, and chest wall. This service functions to evaluate both neoplastic and non-neoplastic diseases to include lung carcinomas and interstitial lung disease. Ancillary testing in the form of special stains and molecular pathology is also available to help formulate a specialized and unique treatment plan for each patient. The pulmonary pathology service participates in weekly interdepartmental conferences with surgery, radiology, and oncology to further assist in patient care.

Transmission Electron Microscopy

Electron microscopy is a technique to examine tissue at a subcellular level. Structures within cells are magnified thousands of times in search of abnormalities to assist in the diagnosis of disease. Transmission electron microscopy is performed on all medical renal biopsies, transplant biopsies, and selected tumor specimens.