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Renal Pathology

Geisinger Medical Laboratories' renal pathologists, provide expert diagnostic evaluation of native and transplant kidney biopsy specimens. Our experienced pathologists deliver accurate diagnoses with clinicopathologic correlation. Twenty-four hours is usual for transplant biopsies; forty-eight for native biopsies with immunofluorescent studies and electron microscopy. They encourage personal consultations with clinicians, often calling to discuss cases.

These subspecialists have conducted extensive research, published many articles in peer-reviewed journals, and have presented at national conferences.

John Childs

John Childs, MD

Fan Lin

Fan Lin, MD, PhD


Jeffrey W. Prichard, DO


How can I send you a specimen for the Renal Pathology Subspecialists to evaluate?

Simply send a tissue sample.  Geisinger Medical Laboratories will freeze a section, analyze it, and promptly call you with the preliminary results, with the final written report to follow. 

How can I get my patients' results?

Reports can be delivered delivered via fax, mail, courier, or electronically.

How are specimens transported to your laboratory?

Our couriers retrieve and transport specimens from regional physicians' offices, and we provide prepaid Federal Express services for physicians with offices beyond our courier service area.

Do you offer a slide consultation service for second opinion?

Yes. Our specialists offer consultative services that provide guidance for additional diagnostic workup, prognostic information, pathogenetic insight, and therapeutic direction. Please forward the slides, previous surgical pathology reports and, if possible, the paraffin blocks, along with the request.

Do you offer slide preparation and technical services?

Yes, Geisinger Medical Laboratories provides histologic preparation and immunohistochemistry in addition to comprehensive diagnostic services.

Do you offer client billing?

GML offers several billing options:

  1. Contracted Client Billing: GML clients will receive monthly itemized invoices for services provided.
  2. Patient Billing: GML can bill the patient directly if complete billing information is provided on the test requisition form at the time the specimen is submitted. If you have arranged for GML to bill directly, please advise the patient to expect a bill from Geisinger Medical Laboratories.
  3. Third Party Billing: GML will bill the patient's insurance company directly.

For details about billing options, please see How to...Pay Your Bill.

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