Welcome Joshua Sonnen, M.D.

tempThe Department of Pathology is pleased to introduce Joshua Sonnen, Associate Professor in Anatomic Pathology.

Dr. Sonnen received his Doctorate of Medicine from the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He then relocated to Tucson to attend a residency in Anatomic Pathology at the University of Arizona, then to Seattle to complete his neuropathology fellowship at the University of Washington.

Dr. Sonnen’s childhood friend suffered from epilepsy inspiring him to study neurosciences at a young age. From the age of 8 on Dr. Sonnen planned to be a  neurosurgeon but during his first surgical rotation in medical school, he realized that his intellectual pursuits might not be compatible with that lifestyle. Through the lucky intervention of USC’s chief neuropathologist he was converted. In Dr. Sonnen’s own words, “I always wanted to be a neuropathologist. I just didn’t know what that was.” Dr. Sonnen is the primary neuropathologist for the  Adult Changes in Thought study, which follows 2,000 older community dwelling people in King county, Washington and is one of the largest brain aging studies in the world.

Although Dr. Sonnen just moved to Utah October 1st he said he enjoys living in the downtown area and his surroundings. In his free time, he enjoys cooking (Mexican is his favorite) and when he has the chance he likes to get out of the country. Among his favorite places he has been are Thailand and Nepal. If you’ve visited his office you would have noticed the cool Japanese tradition he has adopted of using the Daruma doll as a symbol of perseverance and good luck.

Dr. Sonnen added that he wanted to, “…thank everybody for giving me a warm welcome.”