Surgical Pathology Technician
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
 Pittsburgh, PA


UPMC Presbyterian is excited to be hiring a full-time day shift Surgical Pathology Technician! This role has variable start times from 7am-10am and rotational weekend responsibilities.

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


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


  • Associate's degree in a laboratory science AND 2 years of hospital laboratory experience;
  • OR Bachelor's 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.
  • Prior lab/autopsy experience preferred

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 34

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran