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Vasculitis

Cutaneous vasculitis can affect small vessels or medium sized ones, and its infiltrates can comprise neutrophils, lymphocytes and histiocytes. This is the basis for a tour through this complex subject.

Philip E. LeBoit, MD
Dr. LeBoit joined the faculty of University of California at San Francisco in 1985. At this time, most dermatologists in the San Francisco area interpreted their own sections and used dermatopathologists for "difficult" cases. In 1987, Dr. LeBoit began an effort to increase the role of dermatopathologists in this process by founding and directing the UCSF Dermatopathology Service. It has grown to become one of the largest university-based dermatopathology organizations in the world, with 38,000 accessions in 1998. In 1991, Timothy McCalmont joined the service as a second dermatopathologist and the two doctors now serve as Co-Directors. The service also consults on difficult cases for pathologists and other dermatopathologists, and these cases approximate 2,500/year.