renal pathology


Your partner in care for patients with kidney disease. Led by the only fellowship trained renal pathologist in the state of Wisconsin, WDL offers comprehensive local expertise in native and transplant kidney interpretation including light, immunofluorescence, and electron microscopy.


Renal Pathology Overview


Our renal pathology service is described in detail by Alexander Gallan, MD, along with the advantages of working with Wisconsin Diagnostic Laboratories.





Consultations and Case Reviews

With an emphasis on patient centered biopsy interpretation, our concierge level renal pathology service consists of individualized consultation for each case, accurate and actionable diagnoses within 24 hours of receipt, and rapid communication of preliminary results to the treating physician.


Our clients have direct access to our renal pathologist by phone, text messaging, email, and/or video conference for additional follow up or clinicopathologic discussions. In-person or virtual kidney biopsy conferences can be scheduled.

Specialized Testing

In addition to routine renal pathology processing, additional specialized tests include:

  • PLA2R tissue testing
  • IgG subclass analysis
  • Paraffin immunofluorescence
  • Congo red staining
  • Full suite of immunohistochemical and immunofluorescence stains


Renal Biopsy Submission Protocol


We simplify biopsy collection by providing renal pathology testing kits with all necessary submission materials, and also simplify result reporting with our user friendly online results portal.








Renal Biopsy Kit

Our lab kits contain the following fixatives:

  • 10% Neutral Buffered Formalin
  • 5 mL Michel's Transport Medium
  • 5 mL Glutaraldehyde

*Entire kit or glutaraldehyde should be refrigerated upon receipt.



Renal Pathology Requisition Form

Renal Biopsy Safety Data Sheets

Request a Renal Kit



Submit a Renal Biopsy

Learn more about our specimen collection and preparation instructions:

Renal Biopsy Submission Protocol


To submit a specimen to our renal pathology services, a requisition and sample must be completed and sent to the following address:


Wisconsin Diagnostic Laboratories

Histology Specimen Window L45

8777 Connell Ave.

Milwaukee, WI 53226


Anatomic Pathology Departmental Contact

Phone: (414) 805-8483

Fax Number: (414) 805-8433

Manager: (414) 805-8488 (M-F, 8-4:30pm)

Meet Our Pathologist


As the only fellowship-trained renal pathologist in the state of Wisconsin, Alexander Gallan, MD, leads our renal pathology services in partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Pathology. Learn more about our renal expert as he details his background.



For additional information on Renal Pathology, please contact:

Alexander Gallan, MD
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Department of Pathology
Medical College of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Diagnostic Laboratories
9200 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53226 | Cell: 708-288-8247



Electron Microscopy


Light Microscopy