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Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

The vision of the UTHSC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is to be a premier academic center for pathology and laboratory medicine education, research, clinical care, and public service with the goal of improving human health and patient safety as an essential member of the healthcare team.

Mission

The mission of the UTHSC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is to bring the benefits of the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine to the citizens of Tennessee and others through the pursuit of an integrated program of education, research, clinical care and public service.

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will pursue this mission:

  • By contributing to the medical education mission of the UTHSC student body, through offering specialty medical training in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and through contributing to graduate medical education in Experimental Pathology with a focus on Cancer Biology through the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Program.
  • By conducting basic Experimental Pathology research in the mechanism of disease with a focus on cancer biology, and through clinical and translational research to improve diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases particularly through the application of precision medicine.
  • By delivering high quality anatomic and clinical pathology services in affiliated institutions, including through laboratory directorships and participation in patient safety committees and programs.
  • By serving as resources to community and professional organizations, the scientific community, policy makers, and the public in matters pertaining to basic mechanisms of diseases, and to appropriate use of existing and evolving pathology and laboratory medicine services.

Core Values

The core values of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in realizing our vision and achieving our mission are:

  • The continuous pursuit of excellence and dedication to the profession and the institution.
  • A strong sense of professionalism, respect, integrity, and accountability among faculty, fellows, residents, and staff.
  • An emphasis on discovery, innovation, and implementation of novel approaches.
  • Intraprofessional interaction, interdisciplinary collaboration, and healthcare team integration.
  • A focus on continuous improvement, patient safety, and evidence-based practice.
  • Diversity in faculty, fellows, residents, and staff.

Rodolfo Laucirica, MD to Receive Prestigious 2019 George T. Caldwell, MD Distinguished Service Award

Rodolfo Laucirica, MD, Director of Anatomic Pathology, will receive the 2019 George T. Caldwell, MD Distinguished Service Award on Saturday, January 19, 2019.  Established in 1954, the award recognizes distinguished service and teaching excellence among pathologists.  The Caldwell Award is the Society's most prestigious award and represents the highest ideals in service to medicine, community, and humanity as exemplified by the late pathologists, Dr. George T. Caldwell (1882 - 1947). 

Education

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine provides essential didactic teaching to students in the College of Medicine through the Department of Medical Education.

Additional didactic training to students in other UTHSC Colleges including Dentistry and Health Professions, and a number of our faculty hold joint appointments in these colleges.

Medical students interested in pathology may be interested in arranging a rotational experience in the department or in joining the Pathology Interest Group. Medical students may be interested in Research Scholar programs with our Experimental Pathology faculty.

Research

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine offers graduate and postdoctoral research experience primarily through the Experimental Pathology Division in the Center for Cancer Research. Prospective graduate students should apply through the College of Graduate Health Sciences.

Last Published: Sep 10, 2018