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Breast Pathology, Breast Core Biopsies

The Breast Pathology service of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System provides a comprehensive diagnostic service of all aspects of breast pathology. This includes fast and accurate interpretation of breast core biopsies, resection specimens (e.g., lumpectomy and mastectomy) as well as rendering expert opinion on referred cases. We also perform image analysis of estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor and other prognostic markers of breast cancer. Through a rigorous quality assurance program we maintain integrity of specimen identification and diagnostic accuracy. 


The breast pathology service reflects many years of cumulative experience in the field. The pathology department handles a large number of breast cases, one of the highest in the metropolitan New York and Long Island region. We emphasize a multidisciplinary approach to the care of patients with breast disease, and work closely with breast surgeons, radiologists, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists. Expert consults for cross specialty consultations to collaborate on the diagnosis of complex cases are available. Correlation with Fine Needle Aspirate (FNA) and core biopsy of breast enhance overall diagnostic accuracy. 


Expert Consultation

Dr. Tawfiqul Bhuiya is the lead consultant of the service. He has 20 years of experience in the field and is an active member of the multidisciplinary breast steering committee. Dr. Bhuiya leads a team of multiple pathologists with extensive experience in breast pathology.

Special Capabilities and Services

  • Our comprehensive immunohistochemistry laboratory provides study of ER/PR, HER-2 over expression, and Proliferation Index
  • Molecular lab performs CISH study for HER-2 over expression
  • Courier service promptly delivers biopsy specimens to the laboratory 

Timely Results 

We diagnose most specimens within 24 hours after receipt of the core biopsy samples. Reports are sent by courier or mail, fax, or electronic submission, as requested.

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