The faculty members of UAB Renal Pathology Service would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our web site and introduce you to our biopsy service.  Our laboratory is a comprehensive, computerized service that processes approximately 800 renal biopsies per year. About 25% of these are renal transplant biopsies.

Standard light microscopy, direct immunofluorescence and electron microscopy are performed on virtually all biopsies. Special immunohistochemical staining is also available if needed. In most cases we provide a 48 hour turnaround time. All urgent or significant diagnoses are immediately relayed by telephone to the referring clinician.

Our laboratory fees are billed directly to the patient or their insurance company, using the information supplied on the consultation request form. When specifically requested, we bill to the referring entity. We also accept Medicare and Medicaid assignment.


UAB Renal Pathology provides a full range of diagnostic services:

  • Routine histopathology
  • Direct Immunofluorescence
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Electron microscopy

Biopsy bottles filled with formalin or Michel's solution, consultation request forms, and biohazard bags are provided at no charge.

Laboratory fees are billed directly to either the patient or their insurance company. We will submit a bill for reimbursement of services to medical insurance if the patient's referral slip or pre-authorization form is attached to the Pathology request form. We also accept Medicare and Medicaid assignment.

UAB Pathologists are available for clinical telephone or e-mail consultations. You may also mail your consultation material to:

UAB Renal Pathology
3556 North Pavilion
1802 6th Avenue South
Birmingham AL 35249

You may also access our web site biopsy request form by clicking here.

For questions regarding Renal Pathology Services, please contact:

Huma Fatima, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Tel: 205-934-6160

Or email at