A member asked:

Difference between a dermatology and dermatopathology?

6 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Barry Cohen answered

Specializes in

Treat skin conditions and do minor surgery. Dermatopaths look a specimens sent to them from plastics and derms for a diagnosis. They are pathologists and do not treat patients directly.

Answered Oct 8, 2020


Dr. Robert Levine answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Dermatologist is clinician who sees and treats skin conditions. A dermatopathologist is someone who reads slides of biopsies done by dermatologist to help help guide the treatment for the patient by the dermatologist.

Answered Oct 8, 2020


Dr. James Davie answered

Specializes in Pathology

Dermatology is the specialty of skin disease. Dermatologists will examine you, possibly perform biopsies if the diagnosis is not straightforward, and handle your treatment and medications for the diagnosis. In contrast, dermatopathologists don't see a patient. Instead, they examine biopsies under a microscope and generate a diagnosis report that goes back to the dermatologist who did the biopsy.

Answered May 15, 2014



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