Diagnostic Muscle, Nerve and Skin Punch Biopsy

Contact Information

(608) 263-9184 (phone)

(608) 265-7240 (fax)



University Hospital


Our Providers

Other Laboratory Services

The Muscle and Nerve Laboratory at University Hospital performs diagnostic muscle, nerve and skin punch biopsies.


About Our Laboratory


The laboratory is staffed by two myologists/neurologists and one neuropathologist. These specialists provide complete diagnostic interpretation of muscle and nerve biopsies along with skin punch biopsy for epidermal nerve fiber density analysis. In addition, two full-time technologists offer outstanding services in histology, enzyme histochemistry, immunohistochemistry and electron microscopy of muscle, nerve and skin punch biopsy tissues.


Muscle, nerve and skin punch biopsy specimens from outside hospitals or surgical facilities may be referred to the UW Hospital and Clinics Muscle and Nerve Laboratory for processing, staining and interpretation. The required protocols/procedures for sending muscle, nerve and skin punch biopsy specimens are provided within this section.


Biopsy Testing

Our Team


Stephanie N. Gardon, MD

Dr. Gardon is a neurologist at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health who specializes in neuromuscular disorders including, but not limited to, various forms of neuropathy, muscular dystrophy, myopathy, myasthenia gravis and...

M. Shahriar Salamat, MD, PhD

M. Shahriar Salamat, MD, PhD, earned his medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies and completed his residency at the University of California-Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

Andrew J. Waclawik, MD

Dr. Waclawik is a neurologist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Dr. Waclawik’s clinical interests include neuromuscular diseases, electrodiagnostic medici...