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The Laboratory of Pathology of the National Cancer Institute is an integral component of the research and clinical community of the National Institutes of Health. Our goal is to be a globally recognized center of excellence in disease research, clinical diagnostics, and pathology education.

The mission of the Laboratory of Pathology of the National Cancer Institute is to achieve the highest level of quality in research, diagnostics, and education.

We take responsibility for all anatomic pathology services for the NIH as well as others who seek our expertise through consultation. The goal is to provide the highest quality and most accurate diagnostic interpretation in the most efficient manner. This goal is supported by a commitment to continuous quality improvement.

Through the participation in clinical and research conferences and training of residents and fellows, we provide leadership in anatomic pathology. As an organization, which applies state-of-the-art technology to tissue and cell-based diagnostics, we share our expertise and teaching with the clinical and scientific community.

We support the research mission of the NIH through our support of clinical research protocols and by seeking to apply leading edge technology to diagnostic questions. In this endeavor we value originality, scientific integrity and ethical behavior, thereby setting a high standard for pathology research excellence for ourselves and for the international pathology community.

In our ongoing management of our programs, and in our strategic planning process, we have been guided by a set of core values that define our organizational culture. These are:

  • To respect the contributions and diversity of the people in our workplace.
  • To promote excellence in patient care and clinical trial support.
  • To hold ourselves to the highest standards of ethical conduct.
  • To maintain a commitment to a high quality work life.
  • To be good stewards of our resources.


Both the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) accredit the Laboratory of Pathology (LP). LP is certified pursuant to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) by the Department of Health and Human Services Health Care Financing Administration. The CAP certificate, JCAHO certificate, and CLIA certificate may be downloaded in pdf format by clicking the appropriate link or sent to you by FAX request by calling 301-496-2441.

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