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Posted On: 27 January 2012 06:46 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:11 pm

WCMC-Q expert highlights importance of pathology

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Pathology is the bridge between basic sciences and clinical medicine and forms the scientific foundation for medicine, Dr Gerardo Guiter, assistant professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar has said. He was speaking at a Medicine and U Public Lecture Series entitled the role of the Pathologist when diagnosis is uncertain, held at the WCMC-Q campus in Education City. “The job of the pathologist is to study and diagnose disease through examination of organs, tissues, and cells; in addition to diagnosing and characterising disease in patients by examining biopsies and other specimens,” Dr Guiter explained. Pathologists also conduct autopsies to investigate causes of death. Dr Guiter mentioned that there has been an explosion of new tests and techniques in pathology, which enhances pathology practice immeasurably. “Pathological analysis is important for estimating a patient’s prognosis,” he stated. For example, a pathologist’s interpretation of a biopsy is critical to establishing the diagnosis of a benign or malignant tumour, and can differentiate between different types and grades of cancer. Dr Guiter currently serves as course director for Basis of Disease, a course in the second year of the Medical Programme at WCMC-Q. Gulf Times