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The MGH Department of Pathology routinely provides second opinions on diagnostic materials prepared elsewhere. Second opinions may be sought by pathologists, clinicians at other institutions or patients.
The request for second opinion can be addressed to the Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Pathology Consult Service, 55 Fruit Street-WRN 219, Boston, MA 02114.
Download our Pathology Consult Request form.
If You Are a MGH Physician
If the patient is being seen by a Massachusetts General Hospital physician, please include the following:
If You Are a Physician at Another Institution
If you are a physician at an institution other than Massachusetts General Hospital and you would like a consultative review of pathology performed and diagnosed at your institution, please include the following:
If You Are a Patient
In most cases, insurance companies will pay for a second opinion; however, it is important to discuss with your insurance provider whether you will have to pay some or all of the cost of the second opinion.
For a patient who is requesting a pathology consult self-pay within the U.S., they will be required to:
For a patient who is requesting an International pathology consult self-pay, they will be required to:
Billing Fee for All Self Pay Patients: (Please contact Consult Service 617-726-9544)
How to Send Materials
All materials sent by either standard or express mail must be protected from damage by using proper packaging.
The envelope, box or cylinder should be tightly closed and sealed with tape. The mailing label should include a return address as well as the name of the referring clinician or pathologist, and addressed to:
Massachusetts General Hospital
Department of Pathology Consult Service
Warren Building – Room 219
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
Material sent by express mail or from outside the U.S. usually requires identification of the contents. A sample label might read:
Glass slides of Human Tissue for Diagnosis
No Commercial Value
All original materials will be returned to the referring site on completion of our studies. We will retain any additional slides that we have prepared in our laboratories. A copy of our diagnosis will be sent to the referring physician.
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