About Us

Welcome to the OHSU Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine! 

The OHSU Department of Pathology is a dynamic academic department, providing world-class clinical care to our patients, fostering expanded basic science and research programs, innovating pathology education, and pursuing new advancements in patient care, teaching, and research. Using technology such as remote frozen section interpretation, we are improving turnaround times and the work-life balance of our physicians. Our collaborative work environment includes a junior faculty mentorship program, internal leadership opportunities, annual faculty retreat, faculty workgroups, and regular opportunities to share feedback and ideas as we strive for continuous program improvement. Our learners are integral members of our department, and our faculty are passionate educators. Collegiality, collaboration and a love of learning define us as a team of academic physicians and physicians in training.

What is pathology?

Education

We pride ourselves on our enthusiastic, dedicated teachers, the comradery in our learners, and our devotion to the best of academic medicine. We offer an excellent residency program and five subspecialty fellowships. Our educational offerings also include the unique Pathology Student Fellowship, four medical student electives, visiting pathologists’ assistant student, and a pathology interest group. Our CME program regularly invites nationally recognized visiting speakers.

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Clinical Care

Our pathologists provide exceptional diagnostic care for patients in OHSU Hospital, OHSU Clinics, Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital, Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. In addition, we offer second opinions for patients as well as consultations for physicians throughout the Pacific Northwest and across the country. Our highly trained, subspecialized providers are devoted to providing state-of-the-art personalized medicine, integrating each patient’s detailed health history to form a precise diagnosis and contributing to the best possible prognosis. 

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Research

Research programs in pathology contribute extremely valuable data to the medical profession, often identifying new diagnostic markers for advancing the accuracy of patient diagnosis. Our research programs at OHSU are in a state of rapid growth, encompassing projects such as studying bladder cancer and cell invasion, placental mechanisms affecting the health of mother and baby, cutting edge molecular pathology analysis, hematologic malignancies, and neurodegenerative studies with the Oregon Brain Bank. In addition, we are actively recruiting physician scientists to continue to grow our research portfolio, including a partnership with OHSU’s Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center (CEDAR), devoted to early detection of breast, pancreas and lung cancers. The majority of our faculty are involved in clinical and translational research projects. 

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