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. Surgical Pathology consultations can be electronically ordered using test code 2013263 and sent to the below address:

Surgical Pathology Department
Huntsman Cancer Institute
2000 Circle of Hope, RM 1300
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Phone: (801) 581-2507
Fax: (801) 581-7035

Please include pertinent clinical history, surgical pathology report(s) and complete case materials.
  • 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, recently served as the vice-president 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.