National Reference Laboratory brings to the region world-class anatomic pathology services, connecting referring physicians with locally present subspecialized pathology experts to provide highly specialized in-country services.

The services are provided by the Anatomic Pathology Laboratory that National Reference Laboratory manages in partnership with Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), this state-of-art facility is one of the largest of its kind in the region, housing a large pool of anatomic pathology specialists which focus in the following subspecialties:

  • Gynecologic Pathology
  • Cytopathology
  • Gastrointestinal Pathology
  • General Surgical Pathology
  • Uropathology
  • Nephropathology
  • Hematopathology
  • Bone Tumor Pathology
  • Soft Tissue Pathology
  • Dermatopathology


We provide a complete range of AP services, which allows us to serve all AP needs of our clients including medical centers, hospitals and stand-alone laboratories. 

  • Primary diagnosis services: full outsourcing of subspecialized histopathology needs.
  • Second opinion and e-pathology services - access to over 80 pathologists within our network and collaboration with worldwide recognized centers of excellence like John Hopkins and Duke University.
  • Specialized Staining: continuous expansion of the large in-house specialized stains menu, which greatly increases the accuracy of the diagnosis.
  • Backup/referral services for hospitals and stand-alone laboratories.


This enables National Reference Laboratory to cater completely to the needs for anatomic pathology services of their clients including medical centers, hospitals, and stand-alone laboratories.

Our large menu of over 140 special and immunohistochemical stains is constantly growing, with the goal to become soon the largest in the region. 


The use of these staining methodologies significantly increases the accuracy of the anatomic pathology diagnosis.

The availability of in-country subspecialized anatomic pathology services brings multiple benefits to the medical professionals and the patients in the UAE and the region.  The quicker turnaround time and the possibility for direct interaction between the referring physician and the reporting pathologists facilitate a faster and precise diagnosis. Furthermore, the availability of e-pathology consultations ensures direct access to an extensive network of experienced pathologists for the interpretation of the most challenging cases.

In collaboration with its partner laboratories, National Reference Laboratory offers niche testing services, including muscle biopsy, neuropathology, and services such as flow cytometry and molecular testing. The accessibility to complete diagnostic and personalized anatomic pathology services allows healthcare providers to deliver a reliable, fast and precise diagnosis to their patients and improve patient outcomes, even for the most complex cases.

Anatomic pathology tests turnaround time

CPT CODE Order Code Name TAT* week days only





Gyn Cytology Liquid Prep

2-3 days





Surgical Pathology Level IV Complexity

2-3 days


Surgical Pathology Level V Complexity

2-4 days


Surgical Pathology Level VI Complexity

3-5  days





Special Stains Group I

1-2 days


Special Stains Group II

1-2 days


Surgical IF (each antibody)

1-2 days


Immunohistochemistry (each antibody)

1-2 days