WHistopathology has been established as new diagnostic service 10 years after the clinical lab Dr Keeser, Professor Arndt and partners started in 1993. The idea of the late founding partner Professor Rüdiger Arndt was to unite the disciplines of laboratory medicine, microbiology, human genetics, coagulation and transfusion medicine and histopathology all under one umbrella in a multidisciplinary institution.
After only two years of a rapidly and steadily rising number of incoming specimens, it became obvious, that the in the early 90’s as a one-histopathologist-department started unit must be expanded. Appreciating the higher demand of histopathology services, a string of consultants, biomedical scientists and secretaries have been recruited during the following years to cover the workload, now also arriving from various hospitals. At the same time a diagnostic focus on histopathology of the gastrointestinal tract has been established.
With the help of a new generation of consultants the department became a histopathology training centre supervising up to four registrars.
Today the team of nine consultant histopathologists with decades of collective experience covers a broad diagnostic spectrum that is regularly developed and deepened with lively exchange between colleagues. Consultations around the multiheaded microscope are part of the daily routine ensuring that patients with difficult diagnostic issues benefit from the outstanding experience of the consultant team.
The number of non-medical staff has grown significantly from two part-timers in 1993 to more than 30 employees, most of them working full time. The stability of our team and their professional satisfaction are reflected by the fact that several biomedical scientists and secretaries have worked in our department for more than 15 years and some of them even for more than 20 years. In the lab, in cytodiagnostics and in administration, too, knowledge and expertise depend on personal experience. We are fully aware that work at the highest specialized level would not be possible without the expert knowledge and dedication of our staff.