Dennis J. Templeton, MD, PhD is Walter Reed Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pathology since 2001. Dr. Templeton is trained as a physician-scientist and pathologist, but is largely a bench-investigator in the fields of cell signaling and cancer. He currently holds two R01 grants from the NCI, one on nutritional control of cancer, and one on diagnostic methods using proteomics. Prior to joining UVA, he served as the Associate Director of the Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University, where he recruited investigators and organized research cores. At UVA, he coordinates the clinical enterprise of anatomic pathology and laboratory medicine, and serves as the Director of the Medical Laboratories for the UVA Medical System, which has over 600 beds and 30,000 surgical pathology specimens.
Dr. Templeton has constructed a new basic science department within Pathology that houses 14 primary investigators and over $8M in total research funding, growing in a period of 6 years over 4-fold to house the third largest basic research portfolio in the Medical School. He has also built shared research facilities in proteomics and histology/histochemistry that provide free research support to Department investigators. He is also an active member of the UVA Cancer Center serving on the Internal Advisory Board and is Associate Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program. Beginning 5 years ago, he created a new graduate program in Molecular and Cellular Basis of Disease that now is home to 25 trainers and nine graduate students. Dr. Templeton collaborates with the CSCAT on studies testing foods that hold medicinal promise.