The Department of Pathology includes the Divisions of Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology and Experimental Pathology. Faculty members’ expertise covers the full spectrum of major pathology subspecialties in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. Faculty in Experimental Pathology include highly successful scientists who have made significant contributions to our understanding of skin pigmentation, cancer genomics, viral oncogenesis, cancer detection, DNA mutagenesis, and polycystic ovary disease. 

Faculty members participate in four major categories of activities: 

  1. Providing direct patient care by contributing to diagnostic and prognostic evaluation of a variety of samples.
  2. Medical and scientific direction of the clinical laboratories with responsibility for providing high quality laboratory data in a cost-effective and timely fashion.
  3. Teaching students, residents, physicians, and paramedical personnel about pathologic evaluation of disease and the applications of laboratory medicine to patient care.
  4. Developing new knowledge about the pathogenesis of disease and its classification and prognostic evaluation.

The educational experience for residents consists of a rich and diverse mixture of experiential and didactic clinical learning experiences that prepare trainees for Board certification and future practice in an academic, private practice, or commercial laboratory setting.   Residents are encouraged to pursue research interests by working with faculty sponsors on projects in diagnostic anatomic, clinical or experimental pathology. Many publications and presentations at national meetings have resulted from these research projects. Opportunities for residents to develop their teaching skills are provided, with mentorship by faculty. The department also offers ACGME-accredited fellowships in Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine, Dermatopathology, Hematopathology, and Surgical Pathology. 

Medical student education is also an important part of the department’s mission. Pathology faculty direct Histology education and serve as instructors in this first-year section, participate as instructors and section co-directors in the integrated second-year curriculum, and work with students on problem-based learning activities. Elective rotations are available for students who wish to spend more concentrated time in the field in preparation for a residency in pathology or in another field for which knowledge of pathology is important.