Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Dermatology


The division on Dermatopathology specializes in the study of cutaneous lymphomas, melanocytic lesions, all inflammatory disorders, and pediatric dermatopathology, including vascular and melanocytic lesions in children. The Dermatopathology Laboratory trains future dermatophologists to conduct both routine and complex procedures.

In March 2013, the Dermatopathology Lab received the College of American Pathologists (CAP) accreditation. By achieving this certification, the lab becomes part of an exclusive group of more than 7,000 laboratories worldwide that have met the highest standards of excellence.  


The two-year Dermatopathology Fellowship Program is a joint effort of the Departments of Dermatology and Pathology. The first year focuses on research and the second year is dedicated to the fulfillment of core requirements for general dermatology/pathology and dermatopathology.

Dermatopathology faculty train dermatology and pathology residents, as well as teach medical students and offer educational rotations.  Weekly dermatopathology conferences are offered to students, residents, fellows, and faculty.  


Joan Guitart, MD, and Pedram Gerami, MD, have performed significant research on cutaneous lymphomas and melanocytic lesions, respectively. 

Patient Care

The Dermatopathology Laboratory handles approximately 40,000 skin specimens per year from Northwestern University, referring physicians from the Chicagoland area, and across the nation. Procedures done through the lab include:

Joan Guitart, MD

Joan Guitart, MD

Meet Our Faculty

Access dermatopathology faculty bios to learn more about their work within this specialty.