Leonard_Debra_HMessage from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine website. Our department members contribute to the research and education missions of The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont, to the clinical services across the University of Vermont Health Network, and as well as service for many local, national, and international committees and organizations. Our department values diversity, equity and inclusion, and we strive to have a welcoming and affirming environment for all members of our department.

As an integrated clinical department across the University of Vermont (UVM) Health Network, we care for patients across Vermont and northern New York. Our academic pathologists and clinical staff at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, VT provide routine and specialty pathology care for our local patients and function as a referral center for regional consultations and reference laboratory testing. 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. Our community practice pathologists and clinical staff serve our patients at the UVM Health Network community hospitals, as well as community hospitals in Vermont, New York and New Hampshire. As a member of the North East Clinical Laboratory Alliance (NECLA), a network of all the hospital-based clinical laboratories in Vermont, New York and New Hampshire, our academic laboratory serves as the regional NECLA reference laboratory in partnership with the Mayo Clinical Laboratories in Rochester, Minnesota.

We have strong well-established research programs in Redox Biology and Pathology and in Molecular 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. 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 of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and aging. As our healthcare delivery system moves to population health management, we are developing a 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 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 Pathology resident positions and four fellowships: Cytopathology, Dermatopathology, Surgical Pathology, and Hematopathology. The pathology faculty are routinely nominated for Larner College of Medicine medical student teaching awards, and our faculty are leading the change to total active learning in our medical student curriculum. 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, including K-12 students, undergraduate students and the public.

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 Health Network.

Debra G.B. Leonard, M.D., Ph.D.
Chair and Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine


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