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Surgical Pathology Service

Contact Information

Director of Surgical Pathology


  • Vincent Hoang
  • 1825 4th Street
  • Room M2361, Box 4066
  • San Francisco, CA 94143
  • Phone: 415-353-9107
  • Fax: 415-353-1612
  • Vincent.Hoang@ucsf.edu

Main Departmental Administrative Office (Clinical Inquiries)

  • Phone: 415-353-1613
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The UCSF Surgical Pathology division is composed of diagnostic surgical pathologists with expertise in a broad array of specialties. This division is based primarily at Mission Bay, Moffitt-Long and Mt. Zion Hospitals and is under the direction of Dr. Grace Kim. Approximately 25,0000 surgical specimens (excluding dermatopathology, cytopathology, and bone marrow specimens) are evaluated annually at these two hospitals. The core Surgical Pathology service at Moffitt-Long and Mt Zion hospitals is associated with sub-specialty divisions of Neuropathology, Dermatopathology, Medical Renal Pathology, Cytopathology, and Bone Marrow Pathology (in the Department of Laboratory Medicine). The pathology departments at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center and the Veterans Administration Medical Center offer their own surgical pathology services under direction of Dr. Walter Finkbeiner (ZSFG) and Dr. Laura Tabatabai (VAMC).

Mission Bay Hospital (MB)

Moffitt-Long Hospital (ML)

Mt. Zion Hospital (MZ)

Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC)

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG)

Consultation Services

In addition to providing diagnostic services for surgical specimens from patients at Moffitt-Long and Mt Zion hospitals, consultations services in a wide variety of specialty areas is available to non-UCSF pathologists, clinicians, and patients wishing a second opinion. We also provide confirmation of diagnoses for patients with pathology material from other hospitals who are coming to UCSF for further clinical evaluation.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Courses

The division offers a number of CME courses available to pathologists and pathologists-in-training, and our faculty also participate in a variety of CME courses organized by other groups.

Current Issues in Surgical Pathology

This annual CME course is jointly hosted by faculty from UCSF and Stanford.

California Seminars in Pathology

This annual CME course is hosted by the California Society of Pathologists and incorporates UCSF pathologists within its program.


Numerous faculty and Residents present posters and powerpoint presentations on their current research. Faculty also teach short courses and give lectures at specialty conferences during this week long event.

Monthly SouthBay Pathology Society CME

This monthly case-based CME meeting is hosted by the SouthBay Pathology Society. Our faculty routinely present cases for education at this meeting.

ASCP Short Courses

This annual CME course is hosted by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. In 2008, one Short Course will be directed by UCSF faculty.

Fellowship Training

Several fellowships in diagnostic surgical pathology are offered within this division including:

Additional fellowships are offered by other sub-specialty divisions within the Department of Pathology.

Residency Training

Anatomic Pathology residents rotate through the Surgical Pathology divisions at Mission Bay Hospital, Moffitt-Long Hospital, Mt Zion Hospital, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, and Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Faculty from Surgical Pathology divisions at all 4 hospitals provide daily didactic teaching for AP residents.

Medical Student Training

A one month elective is offered by the Surgical Pathology division at Moffitt-Long Hospital for medical students wishing to gain exposure to this areas. Click here for more information.

Clinical Research

Many of our surgical pathologists conduct clinically-oriented research in the areas of their sub-specialties. Major groups are listed below. Details can be found on each faculty’s individual page.

Breast Pathology Research:

Fetal Pathology Research:

Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Research:

Gynecologic Pathology Research:

Placenta Pathology Research:

Prostate/Bladder Pathology Research:

Pulmonary Pathology Research:

Renal Pathology Research:

Soft Tissue/Bone Pathology Research:

Transplant Pathology Research:

Surgical Pathology Services
Service Name Moffitt Mt. Zion SFGH VAMC

Diagnostic Consultation

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The Diagnostic Consultation service offers second opinions on surgical pathology diagnoses. Non-UCSF providers or patients may directly submit glass slides for a second opinion consultation by any of our diagnostic pathologists of their choosing. Our list of experts in each specialty can be found below. We also offer a variety of ancillary tests for prognostic and predictive purposes, including immunohistochemical staining (please call for details) and FISH for HER2/neu amplification. A formal UCSF pathology report is generated for each consultation. We aim for expert care and efficient turn-around time. In addition to a copy of the original pathology report and the glass slides, we recommend a cover letter that includes as much detail as possible on clinical history, prior surgical procedures, and gross specimen findings. For bone and soft tissue and pulmonary cases, we strongly advise submitting all relevant radiologic images, either digitized on a CD-ROM or the actual films. This will maximize our evaluation of the case materials. Direct conversation with our pathologists by telephone is also encouraged.

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Diagnostic Confirmation

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The Diagnostic Confirmation service offers a diagnostic review of glass slides from non-UCSF hospitals for patients who are or will be receiving care by a UCSF provider. Select this service if you are a UCSF provider wishing to confirm a non-UCSF diagnosis or wishing to present a non-UCSF case at one of the multi-disciplinary tumor boards. If you are request ancillary testing (such as immunohistochemistry or FISH), select this service.

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