The Division of Pediatric Pathology in the University of Utah Department of Pathology is based at Primary Children's Hospital, which is the referral tertiary and quarternary pediatric hospital for the Intermountain West. With over 279 beds and greater than 1,000 medical staff members, all pediatric medical and surgical subspecialties are represented. There are more than 109,000 outpatient visits per year, 16,800 surgical procedures per year, and 13,400 inpatient admissions per year. The Division of Pediatric Pathology aspires to provide the highest quality in diagnostic pathology and laboratory medicine services for infants, children, and adolescents in Utah and the Intermountain West. Through our academic affiliations, teaching, and research we constantly acquire and develop new knowledge and explore and implement new technologies for high quality patient care.  We engage in clinical, translational, and basic research in collaboration with the University of Utah and Intermountain Healthcare. We invest in medical education for medical students, residents, fellows, and practicing physicians and in continued professional development for division members. Faculty in the division have made meaningful contributions to knowledge in pediatric pathology at local, regional, national, and international levels.

History


The Division of Pediatric Pathology was founded in July, 1994, and has an ACGME accredited fellowship in pediatric pathology. Resident rotations are available in pediatric surgical pathology, pediatric autopsy pathology, and pediatric laboratory medicine, as well as in special electives for research. Medical student elective rotations in pediatric pathology are also available.

Since 1994, division faculty have authored or co-authored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and many review articles, book chapters, and abstracts. Division members have given invited presentations at local regional, national, and international meetings. A significant number of the peer-reviewed publications involved trainees at the medical student, resident, and fellow level. Interdisciplinary collaborative research is ongoing with pediatric hematology/oncology, genetics, ophthalmology, radiology, neurosurgery, neonatology, pediatric surgery, urology, dermatology, orthopedic surgery, pediatric otolaryngology, nephrology, general pediatrics, pediatric cardiology, the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the Eccles Genetics Research Institute, the University of Utah Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Intermountain Health Care Women and Newborn Clinical Program. The faculty are active in many national and international organizations. Some of these include the Society for Pediatric Pathology, the College of American Pathologists, and the Children's Oncology Group.

Future


The future is bright for pediatric pathology at the University of Utah. An integrated system-wide approach to pediatric and adolescent care is being developed in collaboration with the Department of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Department of Pathology, Intermountain Healthcare, and the Huntsman Cancer Institute. We anticipate further academic development in perinatal and fetal pathology, pediatric laboratory medicine, and the pathology of childhood diseases.