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Hematopathologist

Study blood samples to help diagnose and treat diseases.

What does a Hematopathologist do?

Hematopathologists are the medical equivalent of Commercial Divers: It’s their job to look beneath the surface to see all the activity that’s going on below. Instead of water, however, their ocean’s made of blood-and it’s their job to watch for signs of disease.

You see, there’s more to blood than meets the eye. Even when they’re stoically smooth, there’s a bustling world just below the surface that’s teeming with activity. To see it, all you have to do is look.

As a Hematopathologist, you’re a Pathologist (a Doctor who works in a lab to identify diseases), and your expertise is blood. Or, to be more precise, blood diseases, including blood cancers-leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma-as well as conditions such as anemia and hemophilia.

Thanks to your expertise in all things blood, you’re a lot like a Hematologist, whose job is caring for patients with blood disorders. Unlike Hematologists, however-who spend their days with patients treating blood conditions-you spend your days behind the scenes diagnosing them. To do that, you look at blood samples under microscopes in a medical laboratory, where you observe, count, and analyze the cellular components of blood in search of abnormalities.