UW Eye Pathology Laboratory

The Eye Pathology Laboratory of the University of Wisconsin offers state-of-the-art eye pathology services from internationally recognized eye pathologists. The UW Eye Pathology Lab is the only dedicated eye pathology lab in Wisconsin and one of only a handful of dedicated eye laboratories in the nation.

Referring pathologists and ophthalmologists benefit from concise, comprehensive, and timely lab reports from eye pathologists who are expertly trained and dedicated exclusively to the evaluation and assessment of ocular and adnexal tissue.

For Ophthalmologists: Why Ocular Pathology Makes a Difference

Eye Pathology Laboratory Brochure

Eye Pathologists

  • Morton E. Smith, MD - Visiting Professor (Not Pictured)


The UW Eye Pathology Lab, established in 1925 by F.A. Davis, MD, is CLIA (Clinical Lab Information Act of 1988) certified and offers the expertise of Armed Force Institute of Pathology-trained pathologists. Access to a full range of anatomical pathology services combined with high quality expertise and service, makes the UW Eye Pathology Lab a quality choice for practicing ophthalmologists throughout the world.

Eye Pathology Services

Services provided by the UW Eye Pathology Lab include tissue and slide preparation and evaluation involving immunohistochemistry and electron-microscopy.

Residents and fellows are active participants in the preparation and diagnosis of tissue which plays an important part in their ophthalmology training.

Special Services

  • Same day service is available at an additional cost for emergency specimens, such as temporal artery biopsies, received before 11 a.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Photomicrograph and video transfer services are available upon request at an additional cost.
  • Examination of animal tissue and large scale processing for experimental studies is available at discounted rates.

International Services of the Eye Path Lab

One interest of the UW Eye Pathology Lab is to promote investigation and education, not only in the USA, but outside the country, to all the ophtalmologic community. We are pleased to receive your ocular specimens or prepared slides to provide our diagnosis and opinion. We also offer short basic courses in ophthalmic pathology, and one-year fellowship programs. The UW Eye Pathology Lab recently was selected by the Pan American Association of Ophthalmology to participate in a Training Course with the Eye Pathology Lab. of the National Institute of Ophthalmology of Peru.


General eye pathology and consulting services are available on a fee-for-service basis.

Sending A Specimen

Prepaid specimen shipment kits are available by calling (608) 263-1474. Each prepaid specimen kit includes:

  • Cardboard mailing tube
  • Tissue examination request form
  • Billing information form
  • Prepaid UPS Airbill
  • Biohazard bag
  • UPS Shipping bag
Contact: UW Eye Pathology Lab
Michele Kempfer, Lab Manager
(608) 262-9092
Fax: (608) 263-0543
600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53792-3220