MD Anderson Cancer Center Pathology Referral Specialist - Surgical Pathology/8am-5pm in Houston, Texas

Pathology Referral Specialist - Surgical Pathology/8am-5pm

Location: United States, Texas, Houston, Houston (TX Med Ctr) at

Healthcare/Business Support at

Pathology/Lab Medicine 710412

Requisition #: 118354

The Pathology Department provides diagnostic services and specialized testing for patients with solid tumors. Our pathologists are subspecialized and have clinical and research expertise in a range of solid tumors. In addition, our pathologists collaborate with other clinicians to customize each patient’s treatment based on his or her individual diagnosis.

The Pathology Department accomplishes this mission in three different areas.


Surgical pathology and cytopathology provide the diagnostic backbone for patients seen at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and our internationally recognized pathologists are important members of the clinical management teams. This service is provided to all M.D. Anderson Cancer Center patients and includes review of material obtained and evaluated elsewhere as well as those obtained at the hospital. This review has been shown to be of significant importance in both terms of quality of care and economic benefit. In addition, the Pathology Department sees second opinion consultations through our outside consultative services at . These second opinion consultations from around the globe represent a substantial portion of our caseload.


Both clinical and basic science research are critical in supporting the mission of eliminating cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world. The research performed by our faculty has received high recognition both nationally and internationally and are published in notable, high impact medical journals. The Pathology Department faculty are key members of several research initiatives, including the Cancer Moon Shots and the largest number of National Institute of Health (NIH) Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPOREs).


The Pathology Department provides comprehensive educational opportunities to trainees, medical observers, and practicing pathologists in the community through a variety of clinical and research fellowships, continuing medical education (CME) lectures and conferences, and observerships. In addition, our faculty routinely lecture at national and international conferences and have authored a substantial number of textbooks across the entire spectrum of oncologic pathology.

Organize and assimilate pathology case materials and paperwork.

Documents receipt of materials in Access database, updating information as pre-accession actions are taken. Perform a thorough review of all associated paperwork (ie outside pathology report, outside billing information, request report translations as needed for international cases, in-house clinician orders for testing, commercial laboratory requisition, etc). Determine additional materials, information or reports needed for processing and initiate action to request/obtain. Compare materials/documents received against information in HIS, initiating communication to PAS to resolve discrepancies or to initiate financial clearance for marker testing.

Determine pathology subspecialty of case materials and document all accessioning or case processing actions in LIS.

Analyze and interpret internal and external path reports to determine the appropriate subspecialty service to process the biomarker/protocol or diagnostic review request. Checks selected information after pathologist review for biomarkers or after initial case accession for diagnostic review. Accurately documents selected specimen and other details for biomarker testing. Accurately documents receipt of outside materials and counts for dx review. Provides feedback to faculty and ordering clincians through emails as necessary

Provide high quality customer service via email and/or telephone. Interacts appropriately with customers, both internal and external, for different purposes to perform assigned tasks. Communicates effectively through written and oral communication, in a timely manner.

Strong interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy, and flexibility.

Monitor worklists or queues to facilitate transfer to respective next departmental action.

Periodically review assigned pending cases to assure compliance with expected turn around time expectations for completion of task. Document transfer of materials no longer needed for testing or diagnostic review to the Pathology File Room for archiving or return to home facility.

Other duties as assigned

High school diploma or equivalent. Five years of general office or administrative experience. It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.