Department of Pathology
About the Department
Pathology is a study of disease: its etiology, pathogenesis and pathophysiology, and its morphologic expression at organ, tissue, cellular and ultrastructural levels. The spectrum of research interests of our faculty includes basic molecular mechanisms of cell function and vertebrate development, as well as translational studies on disease mechanism, diagnosis and treatment. The pathologist works with each of the clinical specialties, using the tools of laboratory medicine to provide information essential to problem solving in clinical practice. As such, the pathologist is the “doctors’ doctor.”
Pathology is the only discipline that can be classified as both a basic and clinical science. As such, it provides for our medical students an indispensable bridge between the basic science and the clinical relevance and application of this information. Pathology provides a rich environment for graduate education in which our students can receive comprehensive training in as many areas of both the basic and clinical sciences as they relate to pathologic mechanisms.
The department provides diagnostic laboratory services for the LAC+USC Medical Center, Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital and its clinical laboratories. Approximately 35 of the department’s full-time faculty members work in service laboratories throughout the LAC+USC Medical Center, where they are supported by 40 residents and fellows and a technical and clerical staff numbering 334. Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital house 10 full-time pathologists, two fellows and approximately 124 clerical and technical staff.
Pathology faculty also provide services at our affiliate institutions: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, one of the leading children’s hospitals in the country, and Rancho Los Amigos Hospital National Rehabilitation Center, a nationally-recognized rehabilitation hospital that was chosen by the federal government as a Regional Spinal Cord Injury Care System.