Skeletal & Soft Tissue

Skeletal and soft tissue pathology is the study of bone, skeletal muscle, and soft tissue disorders including degenerative, inflammatory, neoplastic and non-neoplastic conditions. Tumors of bone and soft tissues, including sarcomas, are relatively rare and complete evaluation requires both expertise and use of modern techniques. Biopsies as well as complete resections are examined with special emphasis on correlation with therapy and use of predictive markers. The service offers state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, including molecular diagnostics, cytopathology, immuno-cytochemistry, electron microscopy, flow cytometry, and cytogenetics.


  • Cytogenetics
  • Electron microscopy
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Correlation of skeletal pathology with available imaging studies
  • Fluorescent in-situ hybridization (FISH) for selected common translocations
  • Expert interpretation of microscopic pathology, including core needle biopsies, open biopsies and excisions


  • Resident training
  • Conferences


  • Bone and soft tissue tumors


Contact Information

Locations & Inquiries

10833 Le Conte Ave, 13-222 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1732
(310) 825-8182 | Email

Santa Monica
1250 16th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(424) 259-8111 | Email

Section Chief
Scott Nelson, MD
(424) 259-8122 | Email

Pathology Requests & Reports
(310) 825-8947 (UCLA)
(310) 267-2680 (outside UCLA)

Tissue Procurement and Banking Services (TPCL)
(310) 825-1717