Academic excellence in laboratory medicine and pathology

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont and The University of Vermont Medical Center is committed to excellence in teaching, research, service and the practice of clinical and anatomic pathology. We integrate academic medicine into patient care and the education of future health care providers and medical researchers.



Our focus is on educational excellence for under-graduate, medical, graduate and post-graduate students. As a major educational resource to the health care professionals in the region and nation, our educational efforts focus on the development of critical thinkers with strong problem solving skills.

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We excel in clinical and basic disease-related research. We align clinical research with the goals of the clinical enterprise and actively engage our clinical faculty. Basic research is focused in three areas: redox biology and pathology, cardiovascular disease, and histology research support. We actively engage residents and medical students.

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   Patient Care

We are a regional resource for laboratory diagnosis and treatment of human disease through our teaching and clinical partner The University of Vermont Medical Center. We provide complete, state-of-the-art diagnostic, consultative and therapeutic services, and work with providers to establish cost-effective high quality programs.

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Pathology Highlights

Janssen_Heininger_VCCDr.Yvonne Janssen-Heininger receives Inaugural NHLBI Outstanding Investigator Award and her lab team has received an NIH SMART (sequential, multiple assignment, randomized trial) program more. (Dec 2016)

Nick Heintz

Professor Emeritus Dr. Nicholas Heintz has been awarded the 2016 UVM President's Distinguished Citizenship and Service Award, which recognizes members of the University of Vermont faculty who have established a consistent and over time outstanding record of service to the University community. The award is designed to acknowledge exceptional service by an individual who is recognized as a true university citizen for contributions to institutional building at the University. (Sept. 2016)

Janssen_Heininger_VCCDr.Yvonne Janssen-Heininger featured on Obesity and Lung Disease Podcast; from a series of articles for which Yvonne acted as the editor to highlight the importance of obesity and lung disease. A number of her colleagues within the VLC contributed to this series, including Jason Bates, Anne Dixon and Ben Suratt. (June 2016)  Listen...

TaatjesDoug_250Our department's own Doug Taatjes, Ph.D., has been appointed Editor in Chief for the Americas for the journal Histochemistry and Cell Biology.(Jan. 2016)

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