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Offering Diagnostic Expertise Regionally and Nationwide 

Dr. Yadira Hurley and Dr. Nicole BurkemperSLUCare's full-service dermatopathology laboratory is a clinical and academic laboratory that serves health care needs in St. Louis and nationwide, while maintaining personal service tailored to meet the diverse needs of our patients. Founded in 1992, the laboratory is staffed exclusively by board-certified dermatopathologists.

M. Yadira Hurley, MD, director of the Division of Dermatopathology, completed her dermatology residency and dermatopathology fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine. Nicole M. Burkemper, MD, completed her dermatology residency and dermatopathology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic.

Our dermatology-trained faculty use their patient care knowledge and clinical experience to optimize clinicopathologic correlation. The pathology-trained faculty completes the breadth of expertise. The laboratory provides customer-focused and comprehensive dermatopathology services for our referring physicians and their patients.

The processing of specimens is managed at the SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital - South Campus by highly skilled laboratory staff. Referring physicians can expect rapid turnaround time for routine biopsies. Diagnostic services provided include: processing of routine specimens, staged excisions (slow Mohs) specimens, direct immunofluorescence testing and a comprehensive immunohistochemistry and histochemical stain menu.

Contact Information

Center for Specialized Medicine
1225 South Grand
St. Louis, MO 63104

Phone: 314-977-5365
Fax: 314-977-7614

Laboratory Qualifications

  • CAP Accreditation
  • CLIA Certified

Diagnostic Services

  • Processing of routine specimens
  • Staged excisions (slow Mohs) specimens
  • Direct immunofluorescence testing
  • Comprehensive immunohistochemistry and histochemical stain menu
  • Analysis by PAS stain of nail plate for fungus
  • Diagnostic consultation on referred material
  • Peer review for all melanomas and complex cases
  • Round table discussion of complex cases
  • Alopecia: horizontal and vertical processing of hair loss specimens

Client Services

  • Customer-focused dermatopathology laboratory
  • Prompt turnaround time for routine specimens
  • Clinically integrated approach to dermatopathology with access to our dermatopathologists
  • Data integrated and real time diagnostic reports:
    • Secure report access via Internet
    • Fax
    • Mail
    • EMR report delivery
  • User-friendly requisitions that are specific to skin specimens
  • Specimen pickup by courier service or priority overnight shipping
  • Contracted with most health insurance providers with real time electronic billing
  • All melanoma and critical diagnoses personally communicated to the referring clinician
  • Exclusive laboratory staff available for all service and billing issues