Job Description

Job Title: Lead Pathologists Assistant
Job ID: 739503
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 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 Lead Pathologists Assistant! This role will be scheduled 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with rotating holiday responsibilities.

Under the general direction of the supervisor/manager and medical director, provides technical support and onsite operational leadership for the gross lab. Provides exceptional service to patients and clinicians.

  • Adhere to all safety standards, policies and procedures related to the handling and disposal of specimens. Complies with standard precaution procedures.
  • Assist manager or Supervisor with administrative functions as they related to the Pathologists' Assistant portion of the department including assisting with quality assurance monitors, quality control monitors, data gathering and preparations of QA report, input for performance reviews, budget preparation and monitoring, regulatory compliance and continuing education and training.
  • Assist with preparation of work schedules and definition of rotational responsibilities of staff.
  • Assures staff compliance with test procedures and quality protocols.
  • Competent at operating the Laboratory Information System and Medical Archival Retrieval System relating to the functions of the pathology team.
  • Continually provide and participated in the on the job training conferences, seminars and continuing education to ensure competence and awareness of most recent technology and advances in the field. Participate in competency evaluation of pathologists' assistant team members for skill and task assessment.
  • Define issues and problems in operations, identify solutions, and justify recommended solutions.
  • Ensure that tests are prepared properly at all stages from specimen collection through results reporting, and performs additional special handling of the specimens if necessary or requested (i.e. radiography, photography, special fixation, cultures and tissue procurement).
  • Examine and prepare surgical pathology cases for microscopic evaluation by providing gross description, dissection and sections of each case as defined by the surgical pathology manual while maintaining accurate records of all activities.
  • Maintain and update grossing guideline procedure manuals.
  • Oversee the proper handling, storage and disposition of all surgical and autopsy tissues while adhering to the regulatory and compliance standards regarding biohazard and safety.
  • Participate in QA activities and identify issues that require focused QI team initiatives.
  • Participate in and performs frozen sections, intraoperative consultations, autopsies and perinatal procedures. File and retrieve surgical and autopsy materials and maintain accurate records of all such activities.
  • Perform duties according to the policies and procedures of the Pathology Department and Hospital including compliance and confidentiality. Remain abreast of policies, regulations, guidelines, techniques, procedures and methodologies in anatomic and autopsy pathology.
  • Perform special projects such as research protocols when requested.
  • Perform the proper operation, repair and replacement and preventative maintenance of area equipment and tools. Maintain record logs for the equipment.
  • Provide independent technical leadership, consulting with the Manager or Supervisor on unusual and complex cases, such as oncology cases where the tumor has spread into other organs, cancers that extend into surrounding structures, autopsies on complicated cases and initial intraoperative examination and tissue banking for uncommon specimens of interest to research such as wide section melanomas and thoracic biopsies. Provides ongoing training and orientation to the pathology assistant team members.
  • Provide input into the performance evaluations of staff members.


  • Graduate of a NAACLS accredited, Masters degree pathologists assistant training program or Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences or Medical Technology or a related field and successful completion of an AAPA approved program is required. 
  • Knowledge of specimens, autopsy procedures and general methodology normally gained through at least 2 years of experience as a Sr. Pathologists Assistant. 
  • Analytical and organizational ability necessary to identify technical resources and provide effective administrative and personnel management in assigned area.  
  • Interpersonal ability necessary to deal effectively with all levels of hospital staff and physicians and to supervise assigned personnel. 
  • Oral and written skills sufficient to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. 
  • Computer aptitude necessary to effectively utilize laboratory computer systems. 
  • All procedures or job related tasks involve inherent potential for mucous membrane or spills contact with blood, body fluids or tissues. 
  • A potential for spills or splashes of biohazard substances does exist. 
  • Exposure to normal laboratory lights and noises and occasional exposure to toxic and carcinogenic chemicals.
  • Strong bench experience at academic institution.
  • Supervisory/lead experience preferred.
Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology

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

Salary Range: $33.94 to $57.47 / hour

Union Position: No

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