Welcome to the Department of Pathology

Welcome to the Department of Pathology

The University of Virginia Department of Pathology is a center of innovation for clinical service, research, and education.

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The Department of Pathology is divided into three Divisions: Anatomic Pathology, Laboratory Medicine and Experimental Pathology.

The Division of Anatomic Pathology provides tissue and cytologic diagnostic services as well as autopsy service. In addition to general Surgical Pathology and Cytopathology services, specialty diagnostic subservices include neuropathology, hematopathology, dermatopathology, renal pathology, ocular pathology and muscle pathology. Specific faculty have subspecialty training in and/or have developed internationally-acknowledged expertise in gastrointestinal, head and neck, gynecologic/breast, pulmonary, pediatric, genitourinary and bone/soft tissue pathology. Histopathologic diagnosis is supported by a full range of molecular techniques, including immunohistochemistry, chromogenic in situ hybridization and fluorescence in situ hybridization. The AP services accession over 30,000 cases per year, and perform approximately 220 autopsies per year.

The Division of Laboratory Medicine provides medical directorship and diagnostic services in the broad array of laboratory-based diagnostics in the UVA Medical Laboratories, as well as in the Blood Bank and Stem Cell Processing Laboratories. In addition to oversight of day-to-day diagnostic operations and consultations with clinicians, Pathology faculty are critical in the maintenance of laboratory certification, control of laboratory test utilization, development and deployment of new assays, control of laboratory utilization, and operation of point-of-care testing. Specific named laboratories and services in their purview include: clinical chemistry, allergy/immunology, toxicology/therapeutic drug monitoring, endocrinology, coagulation, biochemical genetics, cytogenetics, clinical genomics, molecular diagnostics, hematopathology, flow cytometry, bacteriology, virology, mycology, transfusion medicine, stem cell and point-of-care testing. Pathology faculty also oversee laboratory informatics, an extremely complex but critical flow of diagnostic information from an armada of instrumentation and diagnosticians into the electronic medical record in an efficient and error-free manner.

The Division of Experimental Pathology consists of basic researchers and clinician scientists that lead investigation in a broad range of fields and disciplines, and support a PhD training program in Experimental Pathology through the Molecular and Cellular Basis of Disease Training Program. For a description of research interests of individual laboratories, please click here.

Department of Pathology Training Programs