Melanie Hakar, D.O. (she/her)

  • Assistant Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Medical Director, Autopsy
  • Co-Director, Pathology Student Fellowship Program


Dr. Melanie Hakar is a native of Colorado, and is excited to be a part of the OHSU Pathology Department. She particularly enjoys teaching and interacting with medical students and residents. Her particular areas of interest include pediatric neuropathology, vascular malformations, and nerve sheath tumors.

Dr. Hakar received her medical degree from Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Northwestern University, followed by Pediatric Pathology fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. She is currently completing a Neuropathology fellowship at OHSU, and serves as part-time faculty in Pediatric Pathology.

Dr. Hakar enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with her three-year-old daughter. She couples her love for baking with long-distance running and triathlon.

Education and training

    • D.O., 2015, Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Residency

    • Chief Resident, Anatomic Pathology, Northwestern Memorial Hospital Pathology Residency, Chicago, Illinois, 2017-2018
    • Resident in Anatomic Pathology, Northwestern Memorial Hospital Pathology Residency, Chicago, Illinois, 2015-2018
  • Fellowship

    • Fellowship in Neuropathology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon, 2019-2022
    • Fellowship in Pediatric Pathology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2018-2019


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Selected publications

  • Hakar MH, Wood MD. "Updates in Pediatric Glioma Pathology." Surg Pathol Clin. 2020; 13(4):801-816.
  • Bernieh A, Hakar M, Stanek J. "Lymphocytic Colitis with Increased Apoptosis: A Marker of Mutation in T-cell-Mediated Immunity?" Pediatr Dev Pathol. 2020; 23(6):443-447.
  • Hakar M, Liu B, Horbinski C. "A 25-year-old male with subgaleal mass." Brain Pathol. 2018; 28(3):435-436.
  • Hakar M, Chandler J, Bigio E, Mao Q. "Neuroendocrine carcinoma of the pineal parenchyma. The first reported case." J Clin Neurosci. 2017; 35:68-70.


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