Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

For Patients:  

Receiving a diagnosis of a serious illness can be an overwhelming event. It is not uncommon for patients for their diagnosis.

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To request a consult or second opinion click here. For more questions, please call 310-423-5431.

 Why do I want a second opinion?

Obtaining an accurate diagnosis is crucial to determining the optimal treatment and prognosis.  In fact, it is not uncommon for doctors to order sceond opinions prior to starting therapy.

Here is a recent Wall Street Journal article on this issue: “What if the Doctor is Wrong?” 

Do I need another biopsy or procedure for a second opinon?

No. We will issue a second opinion based on the pathology slides from your initial biopsy. In rare instances, you may need to undergo additional biopsies to clarify the diagnosis.

How does the second opinion process work?

Your doctor will send you pathology slides and report to Cedars-Sinai. The case will be reviewed by our pathologists who have subspecialty expertise.The report usually will be issued in 1-3 days and sent to your doctor and discussed with your doctor. The cost associated with a second opinion is not covered by insurance.

Why Cedars-Sinai?

Cedars-Sinai's Department of Pathology is one of the finest pathology departments in the nation offering subspecialty expertise for virtually every organ system. The department provides the highest quality of diagnostic services for physicians and patients, offering the most sophisticated methods leading to the best results.

What is Pathology?

Pathologists and departments of pathology and laboratory medicine are generally not well known to the public, despite the fact that almost all diagnoses and therapies depend on the quality and accuracy of the anatomic and clinical pathology laboratories. It has been said that the pathologist is "behind the diagnosis, before the therapy."  Our 40 plus pathologists are certified by the American Board of Pathology, and some have two and even three subspecialty certifications. Cedars-Sinai patients are ensured that all tests and procedures and all diagnoses are performed by true authorities.