Welcome to the UCSD Department of Pathology

Healthcare delivery is evolving rapidly and Pathology will play a central role. Knowledge of the human genome has yielded new paradigms for laboratory testing and for analysis of biopsy material. These activities are at the center of the Pathology enterprise. At UCSD, the Department of Pathology is growing rapidly to meet the needs of an advanced academic medical center. Our physicians are not only excellent diagnosticians but also thought leaders in their fields. Our goal is not only to practice Pathology but also to set new standards for the practice of medicine. We strive to train the most outstanding pathologists for the future as part of our established residency and fellowship programs. For more information on these programs, click here.

The UCSD Department of Pathology embraces three overlapping components of our mission with energy and enthusiasm. These three components are the practice of medicine, research, and education. On this page, I will briefly address each aspect of our mission and refer you to linked pages with more information on each.

We currently provide Pathology and Laboratory Medicine services for UCSD Medical Center-Hillcrest, the John M. and Sally Thornton Hospital in La Jolla, the John and Rebecca Moores Cancer Center, the Shiley Eye Center, the Ratner Eye Center, the Perlman Ambulatory Care Center, the Veterans Affairs San Diego Health Care System, and the Rady Children's Hospital of San Diego. As we look towards 2017, we are excited to serve a new four component UCSD hospital system at our La Jolla site, which will be called Jacobs Medical Center (click here for more information on the Jacobs Medical Center). Because we increasingly function as a health system and support physicians who require the most advanced diagnostic testing, we are excited to introduce a new, free-standing 90,000 square foot facility called the Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine (the CALM). The CALM will house advanced testing in the areas of molecular microbiology, toxicology, pharmacogenomics, hemostasis, transplantation medicine, hematology, molecular diagnostics, cell therapy, and more. For more information on the CALM, click here.

The Divisions of Anatomic Pathology and Neuropathology and our Transfusion Medicine service will be housed in our hospitals in close proximity to the physicians and surgeons who utilize these services. All of our clinical and laboratory services welcome research and reference work. For more information on how to access our reference laboratory services, please click here.

A new era in diagnostics has emerged within the concept of Personalized Medicine. Imagine selecting cancer chemotherapy drugs based on knowledge of the precise mutations in a cancer. Can we predict who may have an adverse response to a medication based on that individual’s genetic blueprint? At UCSD, we are dedicated to making these resources available to our patients in the very near future. This is why we recently established the Pathology Center for Personalized Medicine. The goal of the Center is to conduct leading research necessary to form the foundation for advanced personalized medicine diagnostic testing and then to make this testing available in the CALM. For more information on the Center for Personalized Medicine, click here.

The research enterprise in Pathology at UCSD has grown dramatically in the past five years, and we are now amongst the top 15 programs in the country. Basic and translational research laboratories in the UCSD Pathology Department tackle important problems concerning cancer development and progression, angiogenesis, stem cell biology, neurodegenerative diseases, peripheral neuropathy, inflammation, infectious diseases, and wound healing. Our laboratories provide excellent environments for learning cell biology, molecular genetics, biochemistry, and animal physiology. Our faculty includes many active participants in the Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Graduate Program. For more information on this program, click here. We also have excellent opportunities for postdoctoral researchers. Please click here to visit our web page on summarizing the Pathology Department research enterprise. Then visit individual web pages for each of our faculty member to view specific research interests.

The Department of Pathology is home to both an outstanding Comparative Pathology and Medicine Program (for more information, click here) and the UCSD Research Ethics Program. We provide major educational support to the School of Medicine and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. For further information on these training opportunities, click here.

The La Jolla/San Diego community is a fertile environment for research and the pharmaceutical industry. The Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute, the Scripps Research Institute, the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology house exciting scientific programs and provide for numerous scientific collaborations. We also boast a plethora of biotechnology companies, located nearby on the La Jolla mesa.

Join me and visit UCSD Pathology by surfing our website. Then, come to visit us in Southern California and learn more about the opportunities we provide.

Thanks! Steven Gonias, Distinguished Professor and Chair

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