Job Description

Job Title: Surgical Pathology Technician
Job ID: 733229
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: 7:30 a.m. 4 p.m.
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Presbyterian
Department: Pathology
Location: 200 Lothrop St, Pittsburgh PA 15213


UPMC Presbyterian is excited to be hiring a Surgical Pathology Technician! This role with be scheduled 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. This position will rotate between Mercy and Shadyside. 

Accurately examines surgical biopsy specimens, enters specimens into Laboratory Information System (LIS), and maintains supplies and instruments within Gross Autopsy Pathology.

  • Attend in-services, lectures, and training classes, as required.
  • Attend mandatory safety, compliance and other meetings required by laboratory and hospital guidelines.
  • Consistently provide an accurate gross description of surgical specimens as recorded in case report for pathologist.
  • Correlate patient history with specimen type and consult admitting clinician with conflicts.
  • Document discrepancy and resolution in APLIS.
  • Ensure proper operation, repair and replacement, and preventative maintenance of area equipment and tools.
  • Examine and prepare surgical biopsy specimens for microscopic evaluation by providing gross description of each case as defined by the Surgical Pathology Manual while maintaining accurate records of all activities.
  • File and retrieve surgical and autopsy materials and maintain accurate records of all such activities.
  • Maintain record logs for the equipment.
  • Perform additional special specimen handling radiography, photography, special fixation, etc.
  • Perform clerical/computer entry functions including ordering departmental supplies and maintaining adequate stock.
  • Perform proper handling, storage and disposition of all surgical and autopsy tissue while adhering to the regulatory and compliance standards regarding biohazard and safety.
  • Receive and accession specimens in LIS.
  • Receive, sort, and verify patient identifiers as cases are accessioned with bar coded labels.
  • Replenish supplies for physicians' offices.
  • Utilize voice recognition software during documentation of specimen gross appearance.
  • Verify complete and accurate patient identification on specimen requisition and container and reject specimens with conflicting/inadequate patient identifiers.


  • Associates degree in a laboratory science AND 2 years of hospital laboratory experience;  
  • OR Bachelors degree in biology or related health sciences required AND 1 year of hospital laboratory experience preferred. 
  • Knowledge of medical terminology and laboratory information system experience preferred.  
  • Good oral and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all age groups and populations of external and internal customers as well as co-workers both by telephone and in-person.
  • Grossing experience preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $17.11 to $28.43 / hour

Union Position: No

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