Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine website! We are a fully integrated academic Department, with Divisions of Anatomic Pathology, Laboratory Medicine, Transfusion Medicine and Therapeutic Pathology, Hematopathology, Neuropathology, Precision and Computational Diagnostics, Pediatric Pathology, as well as Experimental Pathology and Immunobiology. Our roughly 130 full-time faculty are more or less evenly divided between clinicians and scientists/clinician-scientists, and each one is committed to the highest standards of practice, basic and translational research, and excellence in education.

We provide outstanding clinical training that prepares our residents and fellows for any type of career in Pathology. 70% of our residency graduates, however, go on to academic positions, reflecting our commitment to academic pathology as well as the breadth of research opportunities on the Penn campus. In particular, our Department has invested heavily in translational research to provide cutting-edge personalized diagnostics (including molecular pathology and genomic pathology) and personalized therapeutics (including recent successes in cancer immunotherapy). Our research programs include biomarker discovery, investigations into the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders, fundamental immunology and immunotherapy, and cancer biology, to name a few. Our Department is consistently among the top three in the nation in NIH funding and was ranked number one in NIH awards for 2014. We recently launched the Center for Personalized Diagnostics, which performs a variety of genome-wide analyses on clinical samples, for diagnosis and research.

We offer a research track that provides the opportunity for selected residents to pursue funded research in virtually any laboratory on the Penn campus. Trainees also have the opportunity to take advantage of a wealth of educational and collaborative programs at Penn, including Masters degrees in translational research, clinical epidemiology, and other areas. Graduates of our residency and fellowship programs include faculty members, Department Chairs, Institute Directors, and Deans. Indeed, many of our own faculty members in the Department trained here. 

I invite you to explore our website further to learn more about the Department. Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information.

David B. Roth, MD, PhD
Simon Flexner Professor and Chair, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Director, Penn Center for Precision Medicine

Email: David.Roth2@uphs.upenn.edu
Tel.: 215-615-6510