University of Nebraska Medical Center


Dr. Sutton along with staff reviewing a dermatopathology slide.

The Dermatopathology program within the Department of Dermatology was established in 2020 to be a forward-thinking, all-encompassing, seamlessly innovative, and comprehensive diagnostic and teaching service.  

The clinical duties and responsibilities of the Dermatopathology Program include: 

  • Interpreting Nebraska Medicine skin biopsies, excisions and direct immunofluorescence specimens 
  • Management of slide handling and transport for clinical practice, resident education, research and publications 
  • Ensuring appropriate turnaround, reporting and alerting of physicians for STAT biopsies
  • Triage complex and potentially severe diagnoses for consensus opinion
  • Tracking internal growth
  • External services for the Nebraska community and beyond

In addition to the clinical responsibilities, the program's primary focus is education. The residency rotations and curriculum have been crafted from scratch, and continued improvement and innovation to resident education are implemented annually. This includes:

  • Utilization of whole slide images
  • Quiz-based teaching formats
  • Dermpath competition with other residencies
  • Educational slide and video libraries
  •  Resident lead didactics and video series