The Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine crosses the bridge between basic science and clinical practice and involves the study and diagnosis of disease. We emphasize innovative, service-oriented programs that encompass a full spectrum of medical practice. Our Mission is to provide excellent teaching, research, patient care and community service and to meet the health needs of Kansas and the community at large. Our Aim is to provide a supportive work environment so that each individual can excel and pursue avenues that lead to recognition within the medical community and benefit healthcare at large.
The Department provides vital patient services to the Hospital, Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area and outlying medical facilities through our clinical laboratory and anatomic (surgical) services. Faculty are board-accredited and the department provides a full spectrum of subspecialized expertise. The clinical laboratory processes over 2.5 million samples per year including the services of robotic automation and is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), College of American Pathologists (CAP) and Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT). Core laboratory reviews over 20,000 organs and tissues per year including core biopsies and frozen sections; cytopathologists review over 2,000 breast pathology cases per year. Brain and Biospecimen Shared tissue laboratories with the University of Kansas Cancer Center provide ongoing research towards the development of new and improved treatment modalities.
Basic Science research is conducted through our Division of Cancer & Developmental Biology and includes cancer biology, developmental biology and cell differentiation, stem cell biology and microbial and viral pathogenesis. Our laboratories are supported by external funding from sources including the NIH as well as private resources; faculty and laboratories reside on both sides of the state line at the KUMC and Stowers Institute campuses. Faculty numbers have increased dramatically since 2004, from 3 (2 at Stowers) in 2004 to 24 (5 at Stowers) in 2014.
The Department is committed to education through its basic science research, medical and continuing medical education programs. Basic Science education is sponsored through our Graduate and Postdoctoral programs and has grown commensurate with division laboratory expansion; there are currently 17 graduate students and 16 postdoctoral fellows enrolled in basic science programs and labs. Medical education is supported by our clinical and anatomic faculty and includes residency and postdoctoral surgical and cytopathology fellowships (Hematopathology fellowship in development), post-sophomore fellowships, phase II elective rotations and teaching services to the University of Kansas' School of Medicine. Both our research and clinical/anatomic divisions provide regularly scheduled continuing education programs targeting cutting-edge basic science, subspecialized pathology topics and translational research, encouraging advancement of patient care.