AboutDr. Philip Perkins, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Tucson, AZ, with other offices in Traverse City, MI and Cadillac, MI. He has 28 years of experience. His specialties include Pathology, Clinical Pathology and Cytopathology. Dr. Perkins is affiliated with Mercy Hospital, Kalkaska Memorial Health Center and Mercy Hospital Cadillac. He speaks English.
Dr. Philip Perkins has the following 3 specialties
A pathologist is a physician who specializes in the causes and paths taken by different diseases in order to accurately diagnose an illness.
Pathologists diagnose and determine the characteristics of a disease through the study of biopsies of diseased tissue or of bodily fluids. For example, a pathologist will look at a biopsy of a skin lesion in order to diagnose or rule out skin cancer. A pathologist will also look at a Pap smear in order to check for a gynecological cancer like cancer of the uterus.
In addition to determining the cause and development of a disease, these specialists also study the changes a disease makes to a body and the consequences of those structural changes.
- Clinical Pathology
If you’ve ever provided a urine or blood sample, you’ve worked with a clinical pathologist — you probably just didn’t know it. They work behind the scenes in laboratories to examine bodily fluid specimens and detect substances or diseases. This means they're required to have a comprehensive knowledge of disease and what it looks like under a microscope.
They provide test results to your doctor, who then makes an informed decision about your diagnosis and the best treatment options for you. Without the work of clinical pathologists, doctors technically wouldn’t be able to diagnose patients as accurately as we can today. It's also worth noting that clinical pathologists are different from anatomical pathologists, who analyze tissue taken from a biopsy or entire infected areas as well as whole body parts.
Similar to what pathologists do, cytopathologists analyze specimens in a lab to help your doctor diagnose your condition. However, cytopathologists primarily analyze cells from tissues, tumors and lesions in order to detect disease, whereas pathologists primarily focus on bodily fluid samples.
The most common example of this is pap smears, which cytopathologists use to detect and study the precursors to cervical cancer in women. Additionally, they help oncologists detect blood cancers and blood disorders. You can think of all pathologists as a type of lab consultant for doctors. You consult with your doctor and then he or she often consults with a pathologist who uses lab testing to confirm what they suspect your condition might be.
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- Blood Testing
- Fluid Testing
- Tissue Biopsy
Dr. Perkins is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
- Mercy Hospital
Kalkaska Memorial Health Center
419 S Coral St
Kalkaska, MI 49646
Mercy Hospital Cadillac
400 Hobart St
Cadillac, MI 49601
Mercy Hospital Grayling
1100 E Michigan Ave
Grayling, MI 49738
Otsego Memorial Hospital
825 N Center Ave
Gaylord, MI 49735
West Shore Medical Center
1465 E Parkdale Ave
Manistee, MI 49660
Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital
224 Park Ave
Frankfort, MI 49635
Munson Medical Center
1105 6th St
Traverse City, MI 49684
28 Years Experience
University of Michigan Medical School
Graduated in 1987
University Of Michigan Health System