The Department of Pathology will provide Western academic hospital standards
of diagnostic laboratory services, integrating patient care with research
and education. The faculty consists of board certified subspecialist experts
in pediatric and maternal laboratory medicine; their efforts will be supported
by our team of experienced technologists and scientists, working in our
modern LEAN facility. The laboratory is divided into six divisions: Anatomical
Pathology, Pathology Genetics, Hematopathology, Clinical Biochemistry,
Medical Microbiology & Virology, and Pathology Sciences (including
Molecular Infectious Diseases).
These divisions will offer a scope of services tailored to the clinical
needs of our patients, both in the OPC and for inpatients when Sidra Medicine
is ready to accept them. These services include specialist pediatric and
maternal laboratory analyses such as histo- and cyto-pathology, metabolic
screening, immunochemistry and immunohematology, flow cytometry, bacteriology
and virology, genetic characterization of malignant and benign disease,
molecular testing of infectious disease, and (coordinated with the Department
of Research) translational diagnostic research. Based on figures for pediatric
testing done at HMC, it is estimated that there will be a considerable
demand for laboratory services at Sidra Medicine, on the order of 600,000
tests per year in 2018. Pathology’s mission is to meet that demand
in a manner which is patient and family centered, safe, integrated, inter-professional,
effective, efficient, and innovative. To ensure pathology meets these
goals, there will be an evidence-based approach to Quality Laboratory
Management: this will include peer review, clinical outcomes review, variance
analysis, performance appraisals, key performance indicators (such as
critical test turnaround time), and other modern quality management techniques.
The laboratory will provide service during working hours in the OPC, and
24/7for inpatient care. Our experts will also be available around the
clock to consult with other doctors and hospitals throughout Qatar.
The Department is divided into 6 divisions:
We are now a central review center for SIOP pediatric renal tumors since
Dr. Gordan Vujanic arrived mid 2017, who is chair of the SIOP renal panel
and lead rapid pathology reviewer and has published widely on this topic
(12 papers in 2016-17) and many invited lectures on the topic.
The Division of Anatomical Pathology provides diagnostic histo- and cyto-pathology
services for Sidra Medicine patients. This includes the macroscopic and
microscopic analysis of body tissues, to diagnose a disease process. These
tissues consist of small and large biopsy specimens, as well as placentas
Cytopathology involves the diagnosis of disease using review of individual
cells under the microscope: this includes cervical screening and fine
needle aspiration specimens.
Our most sensitive role is to care for deceased fetuses and children. We
may perform an autopsy, with parental consent, if a fetus, baby or child
has died, to try to understand why this has occurred.
The service provides a broad range of testing for pediatric patients as
well as pregnant and non-pregnant adults. These include tests related
to electrolyte, kidney and liver diseases, as well as endocrine disorders
such as diabetes and thyroid disease.
Point of Care Testing allows some of these blood tests to be performed
on patients at Sidra Medicine in clinic, rather than having tests performed
in the central laboratory.
- Routine Clinical Biochemistry
- Special Clinical Biochemistry
The Sidra Medicine Division of Hematopathology provides routine and special
hematology testing, and also provides diagnostic immunology and transfusion
services. We perform hematologic tests which assess red blood cells, white
blood cells, platelets, and the coagulation system. The Transfusion Medicine
Laboratory performs pre- and post-transfusion testing, and oversees the
storage and provision of blood for transfusion to patients.
- Blood Transfusion
- Routine Hematopathology
- Special Hematopathology
Microbiology and Virology
The Microbiology and Virology Laboratory in the Department of Pathology
at Sidra Medicine provides comprehensive diagnostic and consultation services
tailored for children and women in Qatar. We believe that a high-quality
interaction between the laboratory, doctor, and patient is critical for
safe patient care. We work closely with our clients, providing advice
regarding specimen collection, test ordering and interpretation.
- General Microbiology
- Serology and Virology
The Division of Pathology Genetics provides Genetic & Genomic analyses,
as well as diagnostic testing and expertise, for congenital, inherited
and acquired diseases. The most up-to-date, state-of-the-art technology
platforms and methodologies are used. Our staff continually strive to
improve and enhance our genetic offerings in order to provide the best
possible patient care.
- Molecular Genetics
The Pathology Sciences Division in the Department of Pathology at Sidra
Medicine provides advanced molecular testing for infectious diseases.
Our laboratory employs the newest available diagnostic technologies, as
well as developing our own molecular diagnostic tests to detect new and
emerging infectious diseases. We work closely with our clients to solve
challenging cases in pediatric and maternal infectious diseases.
- POC, Phlebotomy and Accessioning