Department of Pathology and Microbiology
The Department of Pathology and Microbiology is a unique establishment with academic interest. It serves the clinical laboratory network of Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) that caters to the needs of the whole country through its more than 150 collection points and five STAT laboratories. The laboratory is one of the first laboratories in the world to receive the ISO 9001:2000 certification and the Joint Commission International Accreditation (JCIA). The Department has six major sections: Histopathology, Haematology, Blood Banking, Microbiology, Chemical Pathology and Molecular Pathology. The pathology faculty of 40 includes five professors, nine associate professors, eight assistant professors, six senior instructors, nine instructors and three part-time lecturers.
The Department of Pathology provides a complete array of routine and specialised services. The services are related to all six branches of pathology including haematology, blood bank, clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, histopathology, cytopathology and molecular pathology. Over 800 routine and specialised tests such as general biochemical profiles, enzyme profiles, endocrine assays, karyotyping, flow cytometry and HLA typing are available along with several other special tests which are not available elsewhere in Pakistan. Laboratory testing is also provided for the diagnosis and management of haematological disorders such as anaemias and thrombocytic disorders. Diagnostic microbiological services include the determination and identification of bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. Serologic tests are also available for various bacterial, viral, fungal and protozoal diseases. Histopathological and cytopathological services have all the specialised procedures and techniques, such as immunoperoxidase, immunofluorescence, muscle enzymes, histochemical and flow cytometry techniques to enhance diagnostic accuracy. Services for fine needle aspiration and pap smear are also available. A team of full-time consultants and technologists with extensive training and experience is committed to keeping the clinical laboratory at the cutting edge of technology. For more details, please refer to list of Laboratory Specimen Collection Units in Pakistan.