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Pacific Diagnostic Laboratories

A full-service clinical and anatomic laboratory.

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The PDL Process

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Pacific Diagnostic Laboratories (PDL) is a full-service clinical and anatomic laboratory established to provide the highest quality laboratory services. We are accredited by The Joint Commission and serve patients and referring physicians from Southern California to the Central California Coast and Santa Ynez Valley. Our 27 Patient Service Centers are located as far south as Westlake Village and as far north as Templeton.

When referring physicians and patients choose PDL, they experience a full-service lab designed to meet and exceed their needs. PDL is known for its ease of access to services, patient and provider satisfaction and committed team of laboratory professionals.

PDL team members are dedicated to fast and accurate testing and an unparalleled level of service. Our professional, dedicated employees have the skills to manage patients’ needs with personal attention and care. We provide an extensive menu of tests and client services.

As an independent subsidiary of Cottage Health, PDL employs approximately 300 individuals in the full spectrum of full-service laboratory positions, including:

  • Clinical Laboratory Scientists
  • Laboratory Assistants
  • Certified Phlebotomy Technicians
  • Client Service Representatives
  • Sales Field Representatives
  • Pathology personnel
  • Support services including IT, Billing, Couriers

Pathologists at Pacific Diagnostic Laboratories

Meet Our Pathologists

Top from left to right: Stewart W. Comer, MD MA FCAP, Kali Freeman, MD, Matthew DeNicola, MD, Monica Phillips, MD

Bottom from left to right: Emily Waterhouse, MD, PhD, Lauren Jacobson, MD, David G. Martin-Reay, MD

Foundation of Our Success

Our collegiality and patient-centric focus on laboratory quality is the foundation of our success at PDL.

Stuart Comer, MD, MA, FCAP, Cottage Health Laboratory Director, Pacific Diagnostic Laboratories Laboratory Director, Santa Barbara County Public Health Laboratory Director.

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Benefits of Working at PDL

Career Mobility

Many of our leaders moved from the bench to supervisor to manager to director. In our Pathology Department, laboratory assistants have been promoted to grossing technician to histotechnologist and earned their national certification as PDL employees.

Opportunities to Increase Technical Expertise

Through PDL’s Clinical Laboratory Scientist Training Program, students work alongside our experienced CLS team members, and they bring their inquisitive minds and questions with them throughout their educational journey. We foster an environment in which our team members stay on top of the latest in technologies and science.

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is the largest private teaching hospital on the California coast between Los Angeles and the Bay Area. As part of Cottage Health, PDL team members benefit from the diverse, inquisitive, inclusive, collaborate and reflective community we serve.

Collegial Work Environment

Our employee surveys confirm that our employees enjoy working with their colleagues.

Engagement With our Pathologists

A key difference at PDL with other labs is that our pathologists work in our labs alongside our staff. They view each team member as integral to PDL’s overall success.

All of our pathologists are board-certified in anatomic pathology and fellowship trained in subspecialties including gyn/breast, hematopathology, dermatopathology, cytopathology and molecular pathology. Our pathology Laboratory Directors are actively engaged with the PDL staff and committed to fostering an environment in which quality goals are achieved and laboratory services are enhanced.

Help Us Plan Our Future

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We are committed to attracting and retaining employees who share our dedication to professionalism and providing the highest quality laboratory services. Employees are encouraged to share ideas and be part of planning our future growth.

PDL is committed to continuing education and offers tuition reimbursement for qualifying programs. In addition, we offer a Clinical Laboratory Scientist Training Program.

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