Thoracic pathology focuses on organs in the thoracic cavity, or chest cavity, located from the neck to the waist.  This division of the body includes the lungs, heart, neck and thymus - an organ that rests beneath the heart.

Pathologists are able to provide a diagnosis of pulmonary diseases and disorders that affect the lungs and breathing including: asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, influenza, pneumonia tuberculosis, and lung cancer. 


The thoracic pathology service in the Department of Pathology at North Shore-LIJ Health System provides a comprehensive diagnostic service for all aspects of thoracic pathology. The service works closely with medical pulmonary clinicians and thoracic oncology surgical and medical services to produce rapid interpretation of biopsies and large surgical oncology cases.


Michael John Esposito, MD

  • Chief of Division of Pathology - Autopsy Pathology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Residency Program Director of Pathology - Autopsy Pathology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Assistant Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Timely results

Results are usually available within 24 hours after the receipt of biopsies or medical test. Cases requiring additional work are usually complete within two to three days after receipt of a specimen.