Message from the Chair
Welcome to the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine website. Our department members contribute to the clinical services at The University of Vermont Medical Center and the research and education missions of The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont, as well as service on many local, national, and international committees and organizations.
Our pathologists and clinical staff perform over 2.8 million tests per year, provide diagnoses for 38,000 surgical pathology cases and 60,000 cytology cases per year, and perform 120 autopsies per year. The Clinical Laboratories offer state of the art diagnostic and consultation services to our academic and community healthcare providers. Our pathologists are sub-specialized with expertise in every discipline of pathology and laboratory medicine. We are also part of the North East Clinical Laboratory Alliance (NECLA) which is a network of all the hospital-based clinical laboratories in Vermont as well as some in New York and New Hampshire. Our academic laboratory is the regional reference laboratory for the network in partnership with the Mayo Clinical Laboratories in Rochester, Minnesota.
Our established research programs in Redox Biology and Pathology and Molecular Epidemiology include 39 funded programs of which nine are new awards this past year. The Molecular Epidemiology research group, known as the Laboratory for Clinical Biochemistry Research or LCBR, has one of the preeminent biomarker/biosensor laboratories in the country with a focus on molecular and genetic epidemiology. The research interests in Redox Biology and Pathology can be grouped into three broad areas: 1) environmental lung disease, 2) cell signaling in proliferation and injury, and 3) apoptosis and DNA damage/genetic toxicology. In addition, we have a growing health services research program to study the impact of changes in pathology services and compliance with best practice guidelines on patient outcomes, population health and cost-effectiveness of care.
Virtually every faculty member of our department provides education to our medical students, graduate students, residents, fellows, and colleagues. We offer a graduate research training through the Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Sciences program of The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont. Our highly competitive clinical training programs include 16 residents and four fellowships: Cytopathology, Dermatopathology, Surgical Pathology, and Hematopathology. The pathology faculty are routinely nominated for Vermont Integrated Curriculum (VIC) teaching awards. Our faculty also instruct and mentor students in the UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences. And many of our faculty provide educational opportunities for students in our community to encourage their interest in science and medicine.
We have a vibrant and engaged department, with members who are providing outstanding clinical service to our patients, educating our future physicians and scientists, and contributing to our understanding of health and disease. Come meet our department members at The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont and The University of Vermont Medical Center.
Debra G.B. Leonard, M.D., Ph.D.
Chair and Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine