MONROE — Pinkus Dermatopathology Laboratory, among the oldest free-standing dermatopathology labs in the U.S., is celebrating 70 years in business — compiling an impressive record of analyzing more than 2.5 million skin biopsies and discovering 13 unique skin diseases since the lab was founded in 1944 by Dr. Hermann Pinkus.
Pinkus Laboratory operates a 4,800 square-foot facility in Monroe and a secondary reading site in Garden City. In 2010, Pinkus Laboratory joined Aurora’s national network of diagnostic laboratories. This partnership provides Pinkus Laboratory with additional resources and the support it needs to expand its capabilities and better serve its patients.
“Pinkus Dermatopathology Laboratory runs an exemplary operation, and we are proud of the organization’s rich history and continued success,”said Daniel D. Crowley, CEO of Aurora Diagnostics. “The Pinkus Laboratory was an early pioneer in the then emerging subspecialty of skin-specific pathology, or dermatopathology, and it helped create the standard of care for labs in this highly specialized area of medicine.”
Pinkus Laboratory was founded when Dr. Pinkus, a Jewish refugee, fled Germany for Detroit in 1934 prior to World War II. After founding the lab, Dr. Pinkus met Dr. Amir Mehregan as a fellow training at Wayne State University in 1959. Amir’s talent caught Dr. Pinkus’ attention, and the two men worked closely throughout their careers as faculty members, textbook authors, and eventually partners at Pinkus Laboratory.
Today, Dr. Amir Mehregan’s sons, Drs. David and Darius Mehregan, carry on the tradition of excellence started by their father and Dr. Pinkus. They took over operation of the lab in 1994, and expanded its offerings to better serve the needs of physicians in the community.
“The history of Pinkus Dermatopathology Laboratory means a great deal to us both personally and professionally,” said Darius. “This legacy has inspired a deeper commitment to our field and those we serve.”
The Mehregans work alongside three other dermatopathologists at Pinkus Laboratory – Drs. Viktor Goncharuk, Stephen Olsen and Liaqat Ali – helping referring physicians in the region serve more than 100,000 patients per year.