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Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Medical Departments

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

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Clinical Services

Pathology is the study of the nature of disease - its cell biology and biochemistry. As a medical discipline, pathologists engage in patient care as consultants and innovators for biochemical, molecular, and cell biology tests that guide diagnostic and treatment choices. Through these roles, the UCLA Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine assists health professionals and patients in making optimal decisions based on the latest diagnostic studies, using state-of-the-art instrumentation. Each month, approximately 500,000 samples, including 10,000 biopsy and cytology cases, are analyzed to guide the care of patients in UCLA Healthcare, and through our regional and national referral network. We integrate educational activities with our clinical service, and are active in clinical and translational research programs at UCLA.

Anatomic/Clinical Pathology

Anatomic pathology is a vital part of the study and treatment of disease, and is a vast field comprised of decedent pathology, surgical pathology, and cytopathology. Surgical pathology is closely affiliated with the clinical and surgical departments as well as all the surgical specialties, internal medicine, dermatology, neurology, radiology, radiation therapy, and medical oncology. Surgical pathology is the basis for diagnosis either intra-operatively or following surgery, and the surgical pathologist is called to advise the clinician about the correct diagnosis, appropriate therapy and prognosis.


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Laboratory Medicine

The UCLA Clinical Laboratory provides diagnostic testing services for the Westwood and Santa Monica sites as well as affiliated outpatient clinics and physician offices. Inpatient phlebotomy services are provided at both locations, and outpatient phlebotomy sites are located in the Westwood 100 and 200 Medical Plaza Buildings and 1245 16th St, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

The Laboratory also manages the point-of-care testing services in inpatient and hospital-based outpatient locations. For testing not performed by the laboratory, selected referral laboratories are utilized. The division also actively supports clinical research activities. We are licensed by the State of California, accredited by the College of American Pathologists, and hold CLIA certification for all testing locations. Please see individual clinical services for services specific to a given area.


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Research Services

The Division of Research Services is composed of core laboratories that serve the research community with innovative instrumentation, technologies and specialized services, which are utilized by a broad segment of the UCLA biomedical community. Working with an eye toward the future, the division is laying a foundation to increase services including whole genome sequencing, creation of a state-of-the-art digital imaging core lab, novel MALDI tissue imaging services, expanding chemistry, hematology, coagulation and endocrine testing for clinical trial work and growing the immune assessment services for clinical trials.


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Please visit the Pathology & Laboratory Medicine website for contact information, http://www.pathology.ucla.edu.
Chair Specialty
Braun, Jonathan MD Anatomic Pathology & Clinical Pathology