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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

Dr.Suzanne Mirra, MDThe Department of Pathology is based at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, the only academic medical center in Brooklyn. The department is home to diverse clinical and basic science activities, all channeled toward the diagnosis and understanding of human disease. Situated at the junction of basic science and clinical medicine, pathology is poised to translate exciting developments in molecular pathology and genetics into modern approaches to patient diagnosis and management.

Investigators within the department have active research programs in diverse areas, including infrared spectroscopic imaging and diffuse optical tomography; memory, learning and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease; cancer-related peptides and therapeutics, and immunologic aspects of asthma and HIV infection. The rich milieu of material and the broad expertise of our faculty offer unlimited opportunities for translational research and collaboration with basic scientists and clinicians.

Faculty members oversee the clinical laboratories at our three major teaching affiliates: University Hospital of Brooklyn, Kings County Hospital Center, and the Brooklyn VA Medical Center (Brooklyn Campus of the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System). Here, comprehensive anatomic and clinical pathology services are offered, including surgical pathology, cytopathology, renal pathology, oral pathology, neuropathology, autopsy pathology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, hematopathology, immunology, molecular pathology, and transfusion medicine.

Pathologists are enthusiastic teachers of medical and graduate students, residents, and fellow physicians. Our faculty and residents actively participate in the training of medical students, giving lectures, overseeing laboratory sessions, and participating in other educational activities such as case-based learning. Elective rotations, especially popular with students, are offered.

The department offers ACGME-accredited residency and fellowship training programs in Anatomic, Clinical, and Neuropathology. A fellowship program in Dermatopathology, based at the Ackerman Institute of Dermatopathology, is jointly sponsored by the Departments of Dermatology and Pathology at Downstate.

All physicians, scientists, and patients as well as students considering a career in pathology are invited to explore our website and learn more about our department.

Suzanne S. Mirra, MD