Everything you want
in a private lab...

Kelly L. West, MD PhD
Director - Education and Research

Accessible, dedicated pathologists

Award winning lab staff

Exceptional client service

Patient care, service and education...

...we love what we do!

Russell A. Ball, MD
Founder & Medical Director

All our educational material is produced in Ball Dermpath's studios


As your private dermatopathology consultants, we at BALL DERMPATH work alongside you in a close partnership to provide the best patient care available. BDP was founded in 2013 by Russell Ball, MD; with more than 20 years experience as a dermpath, his vision was to combine passions for medicine, education, research and excellence in a practice that would better serve the needs of providers and patients. Our experienced, award-winning medical team delivers the most accurate, thorough, and timely diagnostic testing and reports along with exceptional, personalized service. We have no commissioned sales force, only employees who believe as strongly as we do that patients, service and doing the right thing come first.

Welcome to Ball Dermpath

  • Our senior pathologists each have over 20 years of experience
  • Our pathologists are readily available by phone, email or text
  • Our lab staff has a combined 128 years of experience in dermatopathology
  • Over 100 in-house stains; in-house DIF
  • Dedicated client service that responds quickly to your needs
  • Full EMR integrations available
  • Six Sigma quality focused
  • In-house Education Center hosting MD & PA seminars
  • Licensed in 12 states

“I highly recommend Ball Dermpath. For 29 years, I’ve worked with different labs, most of which had shortcomings with either their pathologists or their front office.  Ball Dermpath has great pathologists and a high performing operation. The pathologists are academics who care about making the right diagnosis for the patient behind the slide. A courier picks up my specimens and the turnaround time is quick. Their lab swiftly coordinated with my EMR system. Their process has been reliable and flexible in meeting our needs.”

Dermatologist, Asheville, NC


SHARP Presentation

We are honored to announce that we received the prestigious SHARP award. SHARP is a program sponsored by OSHA that recognizes small and mid-size employers who have developed and maintained exemplary safety and health programs. Ball Dermpath is the ONLY lab in North Carolina to receive the SHARP award, and only the fourth medical practice to do so. Read more here.