Welcome to the Department of Pathology
The Department of Pathology is comprised of physicians and laboratory scientists who engage in teaching, research, and diagnostic clinical services. Pathology is a medical specialty that is centered on the causes and mechanisms of disease as well as the effects of disease on the human body. Members of our faculty are actively involved in educational programs across the medical center including the schools of Medicine, Allied Health, Nursing and the Graduate School. We are proud to have received the Best Basic Science Department award multiple times in recognition of our exceptional educational efforts. Our faculty members have also received numerous individual teaching awards from the medical students. Our pathology residency training program in anatomic (AP) and clinical pathology (CP) has been continuously accredited for over sixty years and is currently approved for 12 residents. The program is centered at the new state-of-the-art University Medical Center-New Orleans (UMC-NO) across from LSUHSC but includes other sites such as Children’s Hospital, West Jefferson Hospital and Oschner Hospital.
Pathology faculty members conduct basic and translational research in cardiovascular disease and cancer biology and are funded through several organizations including the National Institutes of Health, The Louisiana Board of Regents and The Cancer Center. We have collaborative investigations with numerous departments in the medical school and the LSUHSC as well as other academic institutions across the country. Members of our faculty serve on national study sections and on editorial boards of peer-reviewed academic journals.
We provide laboratory and diagnostic services to University Medical Center as well as other hospital sites across the greater New Orleans area and southeast Louisiana. We provide timely and high quality service to all of our patients and customers. In recognition of our expertise, our faculty members serve on boards of national Pathology certification organizations and many of our faculty are listed in the Top Doctors of New Orleans.
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Richard S. Vander Heide, MD, PhD, MBA
Jack Perry Strong Professor and Head Department of Pathology
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center