Central Oregon Pathology Consultants is proud to serve as the premier pathology provider for Central Oregon and our surrounding communities
COPC is a full-service surgical pathology laboratory. We strive to provide the highest quality of anatomic pathology and ancillary diagnostic services, consultation, and education. Our pathologists are dedicated to providing our clients and patients with local, personalized, and timely service. We value the connection with providers and the continuity of care this brings to healthcare in our community. Providers and patients can confidently rely on COPC for our diagnostic accuracy as well as expertise.
Dr. George McGeary arrived in Bend in 1957 as the first full-time pathologist in Central Oregon. His practice covered the hospitals in Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Madras, and for a short time, some small hospitals in Northern California. He also travelled to hospitals in John Day, Lakeview and Burns, continuing this part of his practice until full retirement in 1992.
Dr. James Howbert joined Dr. McGeary in 1968, and they started Central Oregon Pathology Consultants soon after. Dr. Howbert was Chief of Pathology for many years before his retirement in 1993. Central Oregon Pathology Consultants moved from its original site in St. Charles Medical Center-Bend into our current building, which includes a specimen processing center, histology, cytology, immunoperoxidase, and molecular laboratories.
Over the years COPC has established a reputation of diagnostic accuracy performed by our highly skilled pathologists. One of those being Dr. Laurel Yocom. Dr. Yocom started in 1988 with Drs. Howbert, Schneider and Judd. She was encouraged to take an active approach in outreach with the hospitals. Dr. Yocom was a mentor and prime example of collaborative patient care by having close relationships with the laboratories, doctors, and hospital staff.
Since the initial two pathologists formed Central Oregon Pathology Consultants nearly 55 years ago, the group has expanded to eight board certified pathologists!
At Central Oregon Pathology Consultants we honor each member of our team recognizing the value they bring to the success of our practice. Our team of pathologists, pathology assistant, histology techs, cytology techs, laboratory assistants, transcriptionists, administrative and expert support staff work closely together to provide our clients and community with exceptional pathology services.