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Dr. Joseph Rank

Pathology
Seattle, WA
male

Locations

Office

Seattle, WA

Address

1124 Columbia St #200, Seattle, WA
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Wednesday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
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Seattle, WA

About

Bio

Dr. Rank is board certified in Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology and has sub-specialty expertise in Hepatobiliary Pathology, Pancreatic Pathology, and Gastrointestinal Pathology. Dr. Rank attended medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle. His residency began in Laboratory Medicine at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. He completed the combined Anatomic Pathology and Laboratory Medicine residency at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Following residency, he continued at the University of Washington for a one-year fellowship in Gastrointestinal Pathology under the direction of Drs. Rodger Haggitt, Mary Bronner, and Cyrus Rubin. After a second fellowship year at UCLA under the direction of Dr. Klaus Lewin, also in Gastrointestinal Pathology, and two years of practice in Nevada, Dr. Rank returned to Seattle In 1999 to join the group at Swedish Medical Center, that eventually became CellNetix.

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Pathology

Doctor Q&A

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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
It may: Depending on how much alcohol is consumed and which test is performed. Different methods for testing alcohol wi have different sensitivities and diffe... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Depends : On the activity of liver injury. Some cases are more rapidly progressing than others. Typically the amount of injury of the liver will correlate wit... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Pancreatitis: Amylase and lipase are both enzymes that can be detected in the blood in the setting of pancreatitis. With inflammation or injury to the pancreas, the... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Lab is the key: There are many types of E. coli and some have more ability to cause disease than others. The lab can culture the organisms and test for sensitivity t... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Needs follow up: The liver can be imaged with ultrasound (as in the echocardiogram), ct and MRI and depending on the type lesion, there may be different advantages to ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
See a Dr.: If you have passed out and are vomiting, you may need medical treatment urgently and should get in to see a dr.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Clean catch: Clean catch in the setting of urinalysis refers to "catching" the urine mid-stream, or stopping midway, collecting a sample, then finishing the urinat... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Liver enzymes: Ast and alt are released when the liver cells (hepatocytes) become injured. Usual physical activity with muscle soreness would be very unlikely to be ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Veggies: Veggies are yummy and so very good for you. Live long and happy.
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Expert specialist: Care is needed and it appears you are in the loop. It sounds as if you have multiple nodules in the thyroid, and concerns about thyroid disease. Biop... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Yes: Ast and alt are measures of liver enzymes and often are elevated in the setting of hepatitis or other causes of injury to liver cells. However sometim... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Platelets: The platelet count often is abbreviated as plt. The is one important measure of clotting ability.
A member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Carcinoembryonic : Carcinoembryonic antigen (cea) can be measured in the blood (plasma) and the normal range is usually reported as less than 2.5 ng/ml or less than 2.5 ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
"look at tissue": This usually refers to biopsies obtained during endoscopy. The biopsies sample the mucosa or lining of the gastrointestinal tract. The pathologist t... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
The : The menstrual cycle is controlled by hormones and cycles of secretion in the hypothalamic - pituitary - gonadal axis. Many possible imbalances in the... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Amyloidosis: The type of amyloidosis determines the rate of spread. Most are slow over time. Amyloid secondary to neoplasms may be the most rapidly progressing t... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
One to two weeks: Often after a colon biopsy, it is difficult to find the area biopsies even a few days later. Snare polypectomy may result in a larger defect and may t... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Hemolysis: Hemolysis may occur in a blood sample sent for testing for various analytes. Total calcium levels do not appear to be effected by hemoglobin levels i... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Possibly: There are different types of imaging that may demonstrate a mass, or the effects of a mass or stricture in the ducts of the pancreas. Ct may show a ma... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Sperm antibody: The immune system reacts to proteins or substances that are perceived as "foreign" or not of self. This happens with germs or viruses, and can occur ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Usually not: A liver cyst usually does not require a biopsy. Good documentation of the cyst and follow up will help to reassure. If follow up scan shows changes ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Depends: Sgpt (aka alt) is a liver function test. Greater than 40 means above the normal range for that test. You will need to see your doctor, and possibly ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Usually not: The pregnancy test is looking for HCG levels - and this is usually not affected at all by urinary tract infections.
A female asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Radiation from CT: This issue should be discussed with your pulmonary doctor and radiologist. There is some risk associated with the radiation from multiple ct scans. H... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
They are similar: Infectious disease is caused by an organism or particle that may cause disease in a given circumstance. This may or may not be contagious (although m... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Pain: Pain that is sharp and localized is often not related to the gastrointestinal tract. That pain could be related to the abdominal wall, muscle pain, or... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Redness in stomach: Can mean inflammation or gastritis. The most common cause of inflammation is h. Pylori infection. Redness also occurs in reactive mucosa usually fro... Read More
A 77-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Depends: It sounds like the symptoms or condition for which you are taking the drug may not have resolved. This is best followed by your prescribing doctor. ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
It depends: Fat on the ovary depends on location and how the fat is identified. If fat is seen by imaging or by the surgeon to be attached to the surface, it mos... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Free calcium: There is a total calcium blood test that measures both ionized calcium and calcium attached to proteins. You may need to have a separate ionized calci... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Low is good: Ast is a test measuring an enzyme mostly found in liver cells. When there is inflammation or injury in these liver cells, the enzyme is "leaked" into... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Ask the oncologist: The oncologist treating your father is the best person to ask this question, and will have all of the necessary data to offer an estimated prognosis. ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
It depends: What type of dysplasia do you have? If you have atypical glandular epithelium in endocervical glands, a leep may not be sufficient, and depending on t... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
High ferritin: If the high ferritin is confirmed to be caused by hereditary hemochromatosis, then regular phlebotomy (discarding a portion of blood) will benefit mos... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Pregnancy test: Depending on how early in a pregnancy, the test may be negative and turn positive later, when the pregnancy hormone levels for a positive test are rea... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Usually not: A bilirubin of 6.4 elevated and is abnormal in most testing methods. This test should be interpreted with other tests to evaluate liver function and ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Infection: Is the most common cause of a mildly elevated white blood cell count. Most bacterial infections result in elevated wbcs with primarily neutrophils.
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Sharp pain in the : Sole of the foot could be caused by many things. If there is no disruption of the skin, no redness and the pain feels deep to the skin, then the poss... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Wide range: Beta HCG in twin pregnancies is normally elevated above the level of singleton pregnancies, but has a wide range. At 9-10 weeks the levels should be a... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Mucosa of the colon: At colonoscopy the doctor will describe the appearance of the mucosa of the colon during the examination. Granular appearing mucosa usually means ther... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Autoimmune disease: A positive ANA can occur in autoimmune disorders, which can affect many organs including joints, musculoskeletal system, kidneys, liver, salivary glan... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Nothing usually: Because reactive lymphoid hyperplasia is a normal immune response typically to an infection. Enlarged tonsils are primarily lymphoid hyperplasia. Whe... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Cancer or tumor: Of the prostate typically is a slow growing nodule within the prostate. The gleason grade helps to stratify the tumors that are higher grade from low... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
No: Males can have fungal / yeast infections without being severely immunocompromised. However, if you have risk factors or are concerned, an HIV test sho... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Control for tests: Most tests in the laboratory have quality control measures to make sure the tests performed are accurate. The control for at home tests is similar an... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Alcohol and liver: Cirrhosis will eventually develop in most cases with chronic and elevated alcohol intake. It may be impossible to predict when that will occur in an i... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Interesting question: Many people seem to have different sensitivities to different foods. This may or may not be an allergy or have a specific treatment. Often, an elimina... Read More
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Most likely: You can be sure there is nothing big and obvious. A cystoscope will find lesions, masses or polyps that are quite small. There is always a risk of f... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Follow up with Dr.: You probably have seen a doctor to have a ct ordered. Persistent pain and discomfort could be related to a number of possible causes. A gastroentero... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Pathology 25 years experience
Test for PSC: PSC is less likely with a normal alkaline phos, but that is a non-specific measure. ERCP is the more sensitive testing for PSC, and will detect stric... Read More

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Apr 14, 2014
Dr. Rank is a thorough, thoughtful, intelligent pathologist in the Seattle area. He is one of the experts who reads our pediatric gastroenterology samples and we rely very heavily on him for his expe...Read More
Timely and accurate answers.
Great Doc !
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank you for your reply. I will contact my doctor.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Awesome!! Thank you so much!!!!!!
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Had 1 is 5mm no change in 2 yrs now have a 3mm one scared dr is not

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
Graduated 1990MD

Medical/Graduate school

Brigham Young University
MD

Residency

University of Washington Medical Center

Residency

Dartmouth Hitchcock Memorial Hospital

Awards

Top Doctor, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
Top Doctor, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
Top Pathologist, Second Place, Washington - Summer
2013
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