About Us

Welcome to the OHSU Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine! 

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine 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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Department News

OHSU Pathology is hiring! If you can see yourself working in a thriving academic environment with truly great people in a spectacular city, we want to hear from you.

Academic Gynecologic or Breast Pathologist
Academic ENT, Pediatric, Heart or Lung Pathologist
Academic Bone and Soft Tissue and Pediatrics Pathologist
Academic Bone and Soft Tissue Pathologist
Academic Cytopathologist

  • Amelia Kerns, Pathologists' Assistant, won 2 awards in the AAPA photo contest this year! The winners are officially announced at the 47th AAPA Annual Conference: Looking Back, Looking Forward. The winning photo from each category will be featured in the 2023 AAPA Calendar. Here is a LEGO gross bench submitted to alternative category
  • Congratulations to Mick Scanlan, MD who was named a 2022 President’s Honors award recipient by the College of American Pathologists!
  • Congratulations to four residents who were appointed to College of American Pathologist committees. Chief resident, Robert Christian, MD, MS was appointed to Transfusion resource committee. Chief resident Cristina Magallanes Hoyos, MD was appointed to the Curriculum committee. 4th year resident Alaaeddin Alrohaibani, MD was appointed to the Information Technology Leadership group. 2nd year resident Zhengchun Lu, MD was appointed to the International Accreditation committee.
  • Congratulations to faculty members Jennifer Dunlap, MD and Phil Raess, MD, PhD, for their lead article in June CAP Today “Integrating NGS into the cytopenia workup”.
  • Department Chair, Donna Hansel, MD, PhD and 2nd year resident, Zhengchun Lu’s "Community-based SARS-CoV-2 testing using saliva or nasopharyngeal swabs to compare efficacy of weekly COVID-19 screening to wastewater SARS-CoV-2 signals" has been awarded 1st Place for the Health Access and Equity Division Outstanding Research Award in the 2022 AACC.
  • Guang Fan, MD, PhD & OHSU medical student Tyler Yeager’s abstract titled “The Evaluation of Artificial Intelligence Assisted Flow Data Analysis for Diagnosing Immunologic Disorders and Monitoring Immune Status” has been awarded 2nd place for the 2022 AACC Industry Division Poster competition.
  • Trisha Wong, MD and Pathology chief resident, Robert Christian “Outcomes of Cold-Stored, Low Titer Group O Whole Blood Transfusions in Non-Trauma Massive Transfusion Protocol Activations" has been accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of the Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine.