Neuropathology refers to the branch of medicine that deals with the study of the diseases related to the nervous system tissue through whole-body biopsies or small surgical biopsies. A neuropathologist specializes in anatomic pathology. However, he works with the neurology and neurosurgery departments that depend on neuropathology for diagnosis.
A neuropathologist can practice only when certified by the American Board of Pathologists. And to get that they need to complete a four-year medical degree and obtain the state license to practice. Also, they must take additional training to add to their specialization. Their primary responsibility is to examine and analyze specimens taken from patient’s muscle, nerve, cerebral spinal fluid and brain tissue. All these specimens are obtained through biopsies. Neuropathologists work closely with neurophysiologists and neurosurgeon, helping them to assess and manage treatment procedure.