Ophthalmic Pathology

Donald S. Minckler M.D.

The Ophthalmic (eye, ocular) pathology service at the Gavin Herbert Eye institute is a sub-division of general pathology focusing attention to diseases of the globe, orbit and conjunctival membranes. Donald S. Minckler M.D., who has decades of experience in ocular pathology, heads the division.

Just like general pathologists, ocular pathologists examine and diagnose tissue diseases involving both surgical (biopsy) and removed eye specimens, including autopsy eyes of interest for clinical or research purposes. Eye pathology interacts continually general or sub-specialty pathologists as many maladies do not confine themselves to one body area. The eye or surrounding tissues, for example, may be the first site involved in numerous primary or metastatic cancers or other systemic diseases such as bacterial or viral infections, hyperthyroidism, and trauma.

Ophthalmology Board Certification and more recently Maintenance of Certification have always emphasized the importance of ocular pathology. Besides diagnostic services for the community’s ophthalmologists, providing eye pathology training for residents in ophthalmology is among the main tasks of eye pathologists across the country. It is essential for ophthalmologists to acquire a good basic understanding of ocular pathology in order to best understand findings during their examinations. An accurate clinical diagnosis or at least a comprehensive differential diagnosis, always based on knowledge of tissue pathology, is the priority goal of the clinical ophthalmologist assessing a patient complaint.

The primary tool of the ocular pathologist is the light microscope, now hugely aided by digital imaging and digital photography for teaching purposes. Molecular pathology techniques such as immunoperoxidase staining are now also commonly applied to tissue diagnosis in ocular pathology. Scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and newer research tools such as the femtosecond laser may also be applied to special problems.

The advantage that double training for eye pathologists (ophthalmology and pathology) conveys is that he/she can more accurately communicate with clinicians submitting specimens and ophthalmology residents than a non-ophthalmologist pathologist. The University of California, Irvine Medical Center/Gavin Herbert Eye Institute is the only institution in Orange County with a dedicated ophthalmic pathologist. Although Dr. Minckler has retired from direct patient care, he is extremely involved in all eye pathology cases and is an invaluable member of the teaching faculty at the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute.

 

CATARACT SURGERY
Anand Bhatt, M.D.
Marjan Farid, M.D.
Sumit (Sam) Garg, M.D.
Sanjay Kedhar, M.D.
Sameh Mosaed, M.D.
Roger Steinert, M.D.
Matthew Wade, M.D.

COMPREHENSIVE
Kavita K. Rao, M.D.

CORNEA SURGERY
Marjan Farid, M.D.
Sumit (Sam) Garg, M.D.
Sanjay Kedhar
Roger Steinert, M.D.
Matthew Wade, M.D.

GLAUCOMA
Anand Bhatt, M.D.
Sameh Mosaed, M.D.

LASIK REFRACTIVE SURGERY
Marjan Farid, M.D.
Sumit (Sam) Garg, M.D.
Robert Lingua, M.D.
Roger Steinert, M.D.
Matthew Wade, M.D.

NEURO-OPHTHALMOLOGY
Chantal Boisvert, M.D.
R. Wade Crow, M.D.

OPHTHALMIC PATHOLOGY
Donald S. Minckler M.D.

OPHTHALMIC PLASTIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY/
OCULOFACIAL COSMETIC SURGERY

Jeremiah Tao, M.D.

OPTOMETRIC SERVICES
Jennifer Che, O.D.
Scott Liegler, O.D.
Kailey Marshall, O.D.

PEDIATRIC OPHTHALMOLOGY
Chantal Boisvert, M.D.
Robert Lingua, M.D.
Jennifer Simpson, M.D.

RESEARCH
Lbachir BenMohamed, Ph.D.
James Jester, Ph.D.
Tibor Juhasz, Ph.D.

M. Cristina Kenney, M.D., Ph.D.
Henry Klassen, M.D., Ph.D.
Anthony Nesburn, M.D.
Eric Pearlman, Ph.D.
Jing Yang M.D.

RETINA/VITREOUS
Baruch Kuppermann, M.D., Ph.D.
Stephanie Lu, M.D.
Mitul Mehta M.D.

UVEITIS
Sanjay Kedhar, M.D.

For ophthalmology
appointments, please call:

Gavin Herbert Eye Institute
949-824-2020

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949-824-9970

UC Irvine Medical Center
714-456-7183

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949-824-7690 Phone
949-824-8850 Fax


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