Mount Sinai Careers

Pathologist Assistant

Jamaica, New York
Allied Health

Job Description

Job Summary

Under general supervision of the regional Director of Anatomic Pathology and assigned board certified Anatomic Pathologists performs a variety of special and routine procedures processing Anatomic pathology specimens including grossing of biopsies, surgical resection of specimens and placentas as well as assistance in performance of autopsies. Grossing of anatomic specimens to facilitate diagnostic evaluation by the board certified pathologists. Reports all abnormalities to supervising attending pathologists. Receives, labels, processes specimens by verifying and entering requisite data in the Laboratory Information system. Sets up, adjusts and operates all relevant grossing and tissue processing equipment.  Maintains cleanliness of equipment and general working area, stocking supplies as needed for optimal performance of laboratory responsibilities. May prepare and stain slides when necessary.  Does not provide direct care; provides support to all patients via examinations to detect disease.

Duties and Responsibilities

1.   Under general supervision of the board certified anatomic Pathologist performs and/or assists in the processing of all assigned gross specimens and biopsies  for surgical Pathology including macroscopic description (dictation) cutting and transferring specimens into the tissue cassettes, accurate labeling of cassettes and placing in formalin solution.  Pathologist assistant must ensure that all small biopsy specimens are placed in the cassettes between two sponges to prevent loss due to overnight processing. Completes all documentation as required for recording patient identification and medical information parameters required for processing of the specimens.  Reports any abnormalities to attending pathologists and documents in the gross description.


2.   Carefully checks all macroscopic description with the attending pathologist.


3.   May be required to accession, label, stain, and mount specimens in accordance with departmental protocols.  May perform related duties in the Histology laboratory.


4.   Decalcifies bone specimens.


5.   Assists pathologists during kidney biopsies.


6.   Performs support functions maintaining work area cleanliness, files and statistics.  May answer telephones for area and record messages.  Maintains   equipment and stock of clinical supplies. May prepare reagents and stock solutions, and stains in accordance with laboratory standard operating procedures.


7.   Must be skilled using special knives, and scalpels observing the departmental guidelines. May perform embedding, processing and staining of specimens.   Assists the pathologist in preparation for frozen sections.


8.    Performs relevant quality assurance/ CQI and daily maintenance functions.  Records daily equipment function and stain quality.  Organizes files and files slides.  Decontaminates all area surfaces and cleans all equipment.


9.    Performs postmortem examination under supervision of an Attending Pathologist. The duties include mostly technical aspects of examination:  evisceration of bodies, description (dictation) of macroscopic findings, sectioning and submitting tissue specimens for further processing as necessary (histology, microbiology etc.).  Documents finding by photography, if necessary.


10 Performs other related duties as assigned or required.

Minimum Education

Job requires a minimum level of knowledge, normally acquired through completion of Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Technology or Basic Science, or basic knowledge of mathematics, biology and physiology and at least 6 months  accredited histology technology training required in order to gain familiarity with histological techniques such as handling anatomic specimens for processing and staining techniques.  ASCP or equivalent specialty certification is desirable, but not required.

Minimum Licensing Requirements

New York State Department of Education Clinical Laboratory Technologist or Histotechnologist License.

The Mount Sinai Health System is an equal opportunity employer. We promote recognition and respect for individual and cultural differences, and we work to make our employees feel valued and appreciated, whatever their race, gender, background, or sexual orientation.
EOE Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans


Who We Are:

Over 35,000 employees strong, the mission of the Mount Sinai Health System is to provide compassionate patient care with seamless coordination and to advance medicine through unrivaled education, research, and outreach in the many diverse communities we serve.


Formed in September 2013, The Mount Sinai Health System combines the excellence of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with seven premier hospital campuses, including Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Brooklyn, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Queens, Mount Sinai West (formerly Mount Sinai Roosevelt), Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.