Neuropathology

Neuropathology provides specialized tests and consultative services for diagnosis of various neurologic disorders affecting the central and peripheral nervous system in adult and pediatric patients. This division provides a full range of clinical neuropathology consultation services, including evaluation of brain biopsies, muscle and nerve biopsies, and autopsy brain specimens. The Neuropathology Division includes board-certified neuropathologists who have vast experience and expertise in diagnostic neuropathology, including neuroncology, neuromuscular disease, neurodegenerative disease, and surgical and autopsy neuropathology. This division provides all consultative services, which can be complemented by special stains, immunohistochemistry, molecular analyses, and electron microscopic studies as indicated.

For information concerning consultation, please call (801) 581-2507. Consultations can be sent directly to:

Surgical Pathology Department
Huntsman Cancer Hospital
1950 Circle of Hope, RM N3105
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Phone: (801) 581-2507 or (801) 584-5078
Fax: (801) 581-7035

Please include pertinent clinical history and surgical pathology report(s).
  • Medical Director, Neuropathology
    Dr. Palmer is a professor of pathology and the director of the Pathology Residency Program at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She received her MD at West Virginia University and served as a resident in neurology and postdoctoral fellow in neuropathology at the University of Utah, where she also completed internships in internal medicine and pathology. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, serves as the vice-president elect of the American Association of Neuropathologists, and sits on the editorial board of Case Reports in Pathology. Dr. Palmer’s research interests include neuropathological parameters of epilepsy, relationships between histologic and molecular genetic findings in brain tumors, and pediatric neuropathology, with special emphasis on epileptogenic disorders and brain tumors.
  • Medical Director, Anatomic Pathology, Oncology, and Neuropathology
    Dr. Sonnen is an associate professor of pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He received his MD from the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, completing his residency at the University of Arizona, Tucson, and his neuropathology fellowship at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is a member of the College of American Pathologists and American Association of Neuropathologists. Dr. Sonnen’s research interests include dementia, Alzheimer disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and other neurodegenerative diseases.