Department of Pathology

HEAD and NECK

The Division of Head and Neck Pathology serves as the diagnostic resource for the OSU Wexner Medical Center as well as for others in our region and beyond in the interpretation of pathologic specimens from head and neck lesions. It provides comprehensive diagnostic expertise and services related to the pathology of disorders of the head and neck including the upper aerodigestive tract, thyroid gland, and salivary glands. The division has a very active consultation service working closely with individuals from the Department of Otolaryngology (currently ranked among the top 10 ENT departments in the country by U.S. News & World Report), and accessions approximately 4,000 head and neck specimens annually. In addition to evaluation by conventional histology, a variety of specialized immunological and molecular tests are routinely available. Among these diagnostic tools at our disposal include immunohistology, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), cytogenetics, and access to the molecular pathology laboratory of the department. Active educational initiatives include teaching of residents rotating on the service and didactic lectures as part of the scheduled lecture series in our department. The division participates in the weekly Head/Neck Tumor Board. Members of this division include Drs. Paul E. Wakely, Jr. (director), Lawrence DeRenne, O. Hans Iwenofu, Lynn Schoenfield, and Ming Jin.