UW Eye Pathology Lab

Contact Information


(608) 262-9092

FAX: (608) 263-0543

UW Eye Pathology Lab
600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53792-4673

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.
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 11am, 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 full 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.
Please contact Michele Kempfer at (608) 262-9092 with any questions.
General eye pathology and consulting services are available on a fee-for-service basis. Discounted rates for large scale investigations are also available. Please call for a current listing of fees.
Sending A Specimen
Prepaid specimen shipment kits are available by calling (608) 263-1474. Each prepaid specimen kit includes: 
  • Styrofoam insulated box
  • Specimen jar
  • Tissue examination request form
  • Billing information form
  • Prepaid FedEx Airbill
  • FedEx Diagnostic Pack 
After sending a specimen, a new prepaid specimen shipment kit is sent out at no cost.