UTMB Laboratory Services provides Clinical and Anatomical Pathology services to UTMB Hospital and Clinics, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), and various other community agencies and physicians. This guide is designed to provide a convenient compendium of information of the services offered by the department, as well as to describe the logistics involved in the ordering of tests. In many instances, the complexities of biological testing in the modern laboratory cannot be completely described in print and users should avail themselves of the expert advice offered by the professional and technical staff of the department. Note: Tests sent out to ARUP, our primary reference lab, are specified in the test menu and linked to the ARUP search engine.

Mission Statement
The mission of Laboratory Services is to provide high quality, accurate and timely laboratory testing and diagnostic services to our healthcare clients for treatment and management of their patients.

Vision Statement
Excellence in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology services that is innovative and utilizes state-of-the-art technology to advance UTMB’s mission and core values.

  • Critical value for partial thromboplastin time (PTT) has changed to 100 seconds.

    April 24, 2018, 11:04 AM by Gulshan Sharma, MD, MPH, FCCP; Vice President, Chief Medical and Clinical Innovation Officer, UTMB Health System

    Critical values are intended to represent life-threatening results. According to The Joint Commission’s guidelines, these results must be verbally reported by the laboratory to the ordering physician. One of the critical values used at UTMB is a PTT greater than 70 seconds. This value is easily achieved with therapeutic concentrations of heparin, which results in many unnecessary calls. To help reduce the call volume, the Medical Staff Executive Committee has voted to change the PTT critical value at UTMB from greater than 70 seconds to greater than 100 seconds. Please contact Dr. Michael Laposata, Chair, Department of Pathology, with any questions or concerns.


    Gulshan Sharma, MD, MPH, FCCP
    Vice President, Chief Medical and Clinical Innovation Officer, UTMB Health System

  • Hemoglobinopathy Evaluation Test

    January 15, 2018, 12:00 PM by You-Wen Qian MD; Barbara Bryant, MD

    Starting January 18, 2018, Hemoglobinopathy Evaluation by Capillary Electrophoresis (CE) and High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) will be offered by Hematopathology Laboratory at the Department of Pathology.  The Hemoglobinopathy Evaluation test is to replace Hemoglobin Electrophoresis test, and will be available to be ordered through EPIC Order Entry.

    If you have questions concerning this test, please contact Dr. Y Qian at 409-772-2846.
  • Specimens for Referral Testing

    December 6, 2017, 08:33 AM by Cindy Lewing, MT(ASCP), CHS
    Referral Testing is processed and sent out Monday – Friday 8am-1pm. Specimens received after 1 PM will be shipped the following business day (if Friday, then following Monday). As a general rule, time sensitive specimens should not be collected on a Friday or the eve of a Holiday.

    STAT or Time Sensitive specimens (to be picked up Saturday, Sunday, or Holiday eve), you MUST notify a Specimen Management staff member.


Contact Us

Administration Office
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555
Phone: 409.772.1238

Client Services:
On Campus: x-72900
Public: 409.747.2900
Toll-free: 800.522.2266