Village Podiatry Group, the largest podiatric surgical group in Georgia, has now brought pathology services in house. The new lab, Podiatry Pathology Lab of Georgia, LLC, is the first dedicated, podiatric pathology lab in the state. An Atlanta based pathology group manages the lab’s operations which recently received CLIA certification in accordance with FDA standards. John Cochran, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Chestatee Pathology Associates is the lab’s medical director.
Previously, pathology work was sent to Quest and LabCorp. Under the new arrangement, the technical services are performed by Emory Adventist Hospital in Smyrna and Chestatee Pathology manages the professional services. Dr. Cochran says the lab handles a variety of podiatry pathology services including skin biopsies for potential cancer, nail screenings and bone biopsies to rule out infections. Specimens are collected from both in office and out patient procedures performed at Village Podiatry’s two affiliated surgical centers in metro Atlanta.