Anatomic Pathology

Autopsy Pathology

Autopsies are performed by the Autopsy Service at Fletcher Allen Health Care.  For answers to frequently asked questions, see Autopsy Information for Families.


Cytopathologic evaluation is performed primarily for the diagnosis of cancer, but also includes the diagnosis of precancerous lesions, benign tumors and inflammatory/infectious processes. Cytopathology services are offered to inpatients of Fletcher Allen, as well as to an outpatient service area, which extends throughout northern Vermont, into northern New Hampshire and upstate New York.

Fletcher Allen Health Care provides cytology services to individual providers and provider groups and is the referral center for cytopathology services for nine community hospitals throughout the region. Cytopathology also offers expert consultation services for specimens collected/evaluated elsewhere.

Surgical Pathology/Histology

Surgical Pathology provides specimen processing for surgical/biopsy samples received at Fletcher Allen Health Care.

Electron Microscopy

The Microscopy Imaging Center (MIC), is a College of Medicine Core Facility designed as a multi-user resource for the collection and analysis of biological images for clinical and research applications. The MIC consists of six microscopy-based imaging systems. At the light and electron microscopic levels, it provides state of the art, quality assured, morphologically oriented services.