Anatomic Pathology Lab

Advances in medical science are transforming the traditional field of surgical pathology. Nevertheless, the time-honored microscopic examination of histologic slides continues to be the mainstay of diagnosis in examining biopsy, cytology, and resected tissue specimens.

When it comes to the diagnosis, assessment, and staging of cancer, the pathologists at Baptist, with their extensive training and experience, are critical members of the patient care team.

In addition, the pathology department at Baptist employs state-of-the-art ancillary techniques whenever indicated, including immunochemistry, molecular pathology, and computer-assisted cytometry. Many of these technologies are available onsite, but all are available through Baptist's network of reference laboratories.

Anatomic Pathology Services at Baptist:

  • Provides a range of sophisticated diagnostic tests in-house, including a full panoply of immunohistochemical testing.
  • Offers responsive turn-around for results, generally 24 hours or less.
  • Is physically located near the operating rooms and radiology department. This proximity allows our pathologists to provide immediate feedback to surgeons and interventional radiologists if more tissue is needed to render a diagnosis. Pathologists at Baptist examine one thousand fine needle aspiration and biopsy specimens from interventional radiological procedures annually.
  • Is highly accessible. Pathologists are available by telephone or e-mail with at least one pathologist on call 24 hours a day.
  • Operates with complete independence. Pathologists on staff at Baptist are unbiased, unstinting advocates for the patient and answerable only to the patient.

Our Pathologists

Dr. Anamaria Andrei graduated from Carol Davila Medical School in Bucharest, Romania. After coming to the United States, she completed a pathology residency at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, followed by a fellowship in hematopathology at Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan. She came to Baptist in 2007. She is board-certified in anatomic and clinical pathology and board eligible in hematopathology.

Dr. Steven Bigler is originally from Utah and after completing medical school at the University of Utah, went to Seattle, Washington for a residency in anatomic pathology. Following residency and after working 4 years at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Seattle, he came to Jackson where he worked for 18 years at University Medical Center. He served as Chair of the Department of Pathology from 2005 to 2011. In January 2012 Dr. Bigler was very happy to join the staff at Baptist. He has a special interest in pathology of the male genitourinary tract, prostate cancer, and renal pathology.

Dr. Rick Cavett is a native of Jackson who attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and completed a pathology residency at Wilford Hall Air Force Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in cytopathology at the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio. He has served as medical director of cytopathology at Baptist since 1987. His special interests include fine needle aspiration cytology and gynecologic pathology. He is currently serving as Chairman of the Department of Pathology, a position he also held from 1998 to 2002.

Dr. William Payne is a native of Jackson who graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical School. After completing a residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas, he was a surgical pathology fellow at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas in 2010. In 2014 he joined Baptist. He is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology, and has a special interest in breast pathology.

Dr. Nanette Pinkard graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical Center where she also completed a residency in pathology. At the University of Alabama Medical Center at Birmingham she was for several years the principal pulmonary pathologist supporting UAB’s active lung transplant program. At Baptist she retains her interest in lung pathology and serves as medical director of microbiology.

Dr. Anthony Schmidt graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed a pathology residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical center, followed by fellowships in transfusion medicine and hematopathology at the University of Iowa. He is medical director of Baptist’s blood bank and the hematology, clinical chemistry, and immunochemistry laboratories, and has served as the chairman of the Transfusion Committee at Baptist since 1999. He is board-certified in anatomic and clinical pathology as well as transfusion medicine and hematopathology. 

Contact Information

Telephone:

601-968-3070

E-mail:

Dr. Anamaria Andrei: aandrei@mbhs.org 
Dr. Steven Bigler: sbigler@mbhs.org
Dr. Rick Cavett: rcavett@mbhs.org
Dr. William Payne: wpayne@mbhs.org
Dr. Nanette Pinkard: npinkard@mbhs.org
Dr. Anthony Schmidt: aschmidt@mbhs.org

 

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