A dermatopathologist is an expert in diagnosing and monitoring diseases of the skin including infectious, immunologic, degenerative, and neoplastic diseases. This entails the examination and interpretation of specially prepared tissue sections, cellular scrapings, and smears of skin lesions by means of light microscopy, electron microscopy, and fluorescence microscopy. Source: American Board of Medical Specialties, 2007. www.abms.org [7/1/2007: definiton changed, source added]
Additional Resources: American Board of Pathology, 2007. http://www.abpath.org/.
Board certification for Medical Doctors (MDs) is provided by the American Board of Pathology.
A subspecialty certificate was first issued by the ABMS in 1974.
ACGME Accredited Residency Program Requirements: None.