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A state-of-the-art, physician-operated anatomic pathology laboratory specializing in dermatopathology.

About Us

Founded by Dr. Garron J. Solomon, M.D., Tripoint Diagnostics, PLLC is a new state-of-the-art, physician-operated anatomic pathology laboratory specializing in dermatopathology, located just outside the Research Triangle Park (RTP) region of North Carolina.

Garron J. Solomon, M.D.

Founder & Medical Director

Board Certifications

Diplomate, American Board of Pathology, Anatomic & Clinical Pathology

Diplomate, American Boards of Pathology and Dermatology, Dermatopathology


UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE – Cornell University, Molecular Biology and French Literature, Ithaca, NY

MEDICAL DEGREE – Magna cum laude, AOA, State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Buffalo, NY

RESIDENCY – Anatomic and Clinical Pathology New York-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY

FELLOWSHIP – Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology, NY, NY State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

Areas of Interest

Melanocytic proliferations, cutaneous lymphomas, immunobullous disorders & direct immunofluorescence, alopecia, podiatric pathology and breast pathology


Dr. Garron Solomon came to StrataDx with a broad and deep base of knowledge and skill in dermatopathology. He blossomed, with seasoning, to become a valued and respected dermatopathologist in the Boston area. His knowledge of both dermatology and dermatopathology allowed him to go the extra step in clinicopathologic correlation.

His communication skills conveying nuance in diagnoses fostered good relationships with clinicians allowing them to better care for their patients. He was a favorite teacher of dermatopathology of the Harvard Dermatology residents.

Terence J. Harrist, MD
Co-Director of Dermatopathology

Dr. Solomon immediately stood out as one of the brightest and most capable medical students at the University at Buffalo. His hard work and keen insight quickly set him apart from his peers. I have followed his progress closely as he pursued advanced training with internationally recognized experts Drs. Cynthia Magro and A. Bernard Ackerman.

Dr. Ackerman shared with me that he was also very impressed with Dr. Solomon’s ability and work ethic. I am confident that you will be pleased with the quality and accuracy of Dr. Solomon’s consultative services.

Thomas N. Helm, MD
Clinical Professor of Dermatology and Pathology
SUNY at Buffalo
Immediate Past-President, ASDP

I have known Dr. Garron Solomon since 2006 in my capacity as Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Cornell University where I function as the director of dermatopathology. I have always considered Garron one of the smartest and talented pathologists that I have encountered in my career as a pathologist, not only at Cornell University but at other universities where I have been affiliated including Harvard University, Jefferson Medical College and Ohio State University.

Dr. Solomon is a very gifted diagnostician whose primary focus has and remains the patients he serves. He has worked extensively in the field of dermatopathology, developing a very sophisticated approach to all aspects of dermatopathology be it in the context of inflammatory skin disease, non-melanocytic neoplasia, atypical lymphocytic infiltrates or melanocytic lesions. I personally know that Dr. Bernard Ackerman considered Garron as one of his most talented fellows in the many decades that he had been training young dermatopathologists. To each and every case, he brings his meticulous attention to detail where nothing is mundane or inconsequential.

On a personal note, Garron is a wonderful person who embodies many of the most important attributes that we value in others including those of integrity, humility, gratitude, respect and kindness. He is a devoted husband and father to ahis lovely wife, Dr.Sheel Desai Solomon and their beautiful son Max. I have no doubt that Garron will provide a premier service not only to the North Carolina dermatology community but also at a national level. I will conclude by saying that I am very proud that I served as a mentor for Garron; to date he has lived up to and exceeded the very high expectations that I have always held for him.

Cynthia M. Magro, M.D.
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Director, Dermatopathology

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Dr. Garron J. Solomon, M.D.

Founder & Medical Director

Dr. Garron J. Solomon is an alumnus of Cornell University and earned his medical degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Dr. Solomon completed his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill Cornell Medical Center and his fellowship at the Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology, where he served as Chief Fellow.

Dr. Solomon’s mentors during his residency and fellowship training included world-renowned dermatopathologists Drs. N. Scott McNutt, Cynthia Magro, Geoffrey Gottlieb, and the late A. Bernard Ackerman. Following his residency and fellowship training, Dr. Solomon joined Strata Pathology Services (now StrataDx) in the Greater Boston area, where he became Associate Director of Dermatopathology and worked alongside Dr. Terence J. Harrist. During this time, Dr. Solomon regularly taught dermatopathology to the Harvard dermatology residents.

Prior to founding Tripoint Diagnostics, Dr. Solomon was a staff dermatopathologist at CBLPath, Inc. in Westchester, NY for over three years. Dr. Solomon currently holds active medical licenses in 22 states. In addition to dermatopathology, Dr. Solomon also has special expertise in breast pathology, having been trained at Weill Cornell by world-famous breast pathologists Paul Peter Rosen, M.D., and Syed A. Hoda, M.D. Dr. Solomon’s wife is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Duke University Medical Center. They live in Cary, NC, with their son.

Karen Furca

Chief Operating Officer

Mrs. Karen Furca has more than 19 years of experience in all areas of anatomic pathology laboratory operations which she gained during her tenure at StrataDx (formerly Strata Pathology Services). She started her career there in 1995 as the Director of Human Resources and during the subsequent 10 years, as an extension of her duties in human resources, she acquired a wealth of experience and operational knowledge in all areas of the company.

In 2006, Karen became the Director of Operations and in 2008 was promoted to the Chief Operating Officer. She oversaw the integration of all aspects of daily operations including oversight of laboratory quality and turn around, daily office operations and delivery of reports, customer satisfaction, sales and marketing strategic initiatives, and effective physician utilization. During that time she pioneered the analytic operational reports to assist the organization in understanding volume, performance and capacity. She spent five years as a human resources executive at Envirotest Systems Corporation, originally working out of its Connecticut office, then moving to their start-up program in Colorado. She was responsible for recruiting more than 800 employees and establishing all regional policies and procedures. Karen, her husband and their two golden doodles (Lola & Papi) recently relocated from Arizona and are now residing in Wake Forest.

Gino Mercado, HT (ASCP)

Laboratory Manager

Mr. Gino Mercado was one of the founding members and owners of StrataDx (formerly Strata Pathology Services) where he served as Histology Laboratory Manager. Gino is certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the National Society for Histotechnology as a Histologic Technician. He has more than 25 years of experience in all areas of the histology lab including gross examination of specimens, processing, embedding, cutting, special stains, frozen sections, immunoperoxidase and immunohistochemistry.

In addition to working at StrataDx, Gino has worked at several prestigious Boston institutions such as Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in their histology laboratories. He also spent several years working in the research departments at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as OsteoArthritis Sciences. Gino recently relocated from New Hampshire and resides in Morrisville.