Central Texas Pathology Laboratory
Six West Medical Center
601 West Highway 6, Suite 111
Waco, TX 76710

Your Health is What We’re All About.

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the Central Texas Pathology Laboratory website.

Just like your personal physician, we are dedicated to your health and well-being. And, we realize that the role we’ve been given concerning your healthcare is a very important one. That’s why each specimen receives careful attention by a pathologist or our supporting technical staff.

We are proud to have been a trusted leader in the medical community for over 50 years. We provide independent pathology laboratory services to physicians, regional medical centers and outpatient surgery centers throughout Texas. We utilize the latest technology to provide accurate and dependable results.

CTPL combines the diagnostic capabilities you expect to see at a major research facility with the rapid turn around and service you deserve.


Little River Healthcare - Central Texas Pathology Laboratory (CTPL) was formed in 1997 when Waco Clinical Pathology Laboratory and Medical Laboratory Service of Waco merged to form one company. CTPL then joined the Little River Healthcare family in 2016. All pathologists at CTPL are board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. Multiple CTPL Pathologists have subspecialty boards in Cytopathology and Hematopathology.

Our Mission Statement
CTPL is committed to the practice of quality anatomic pathology in the communities it serves.

CLIA Laboratory Directorships:
Central Texas Pathology – Gary Geldmeier, MD
Little River Healthcare – Rockdale – Larry Cartmell Jr., MD
Little River Healthcare – Cameron – Larry Cartmell Jr., MD
King’s Daughters Clinic – Larry Cartmell Jr., MD


Central Texas Pathology Laboratory is a full service Anatomic Pathology Laboratory, providing the following range of services:

Routine Histology The Histology department accessions, processes, cuts, and stains the slides given to the Pathologist for diagnosis. Surgical specimens received by 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, will be processed that night and assigned to a Pathologist for diagnosis the next working day. Histology also performs special stain slides, requested by the Pathologist to assist in the diagnostic process.

Immunohistochemistry – To further enhance the diagnostic process and provide chemotherapy markers, Central Texas Pathology Laboratory also provides a library of over 100 Immunohistochemistry antibodies for specialized staining. Stains ordered by the Pathologist are available the next working day to assist in the final diagnosis of difficult or malignant cases.


Non-GYN Cytology – Central Texas Pathology Laboratory performs non-GYN cytology procedures on all fluids and Fine Needle Aspirate (FNA) specimens. A Cytopathologist is actively involved in several FNA clinics, including the ultra-sound guided FNA clinic conducted at Little River Healthcare - King’s Daughters Clinic.

GYN Cytology (Pap Smears) – Pap Smears are performed using an automated imaging system, with initial interpretations performed by a certified Cytotechnologist and final diagnosis of abnormal and atypical Pap Smears performed by a Pathologist.

Molecular Pathology - Five Molecular Pathology procedures (GC, CT, HPV, HPV genotyping, & Trichomonas) are performed in support of GYN Cytology diagnostics. GC and CT can also be performed on both male and female urine specimens.

Central Texas Pathology Laboratory
Six West Medical Center
601 West Highway 6, Suite 111
Waco, TX 76710

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