The Division of Pediatric Pathology in the University of Utah Department of Pathology is based at Primary Children's Hospital, the referral pediatric hospital in the Intermountain West and the base of operations for the University’s Department of Pediatrics.  All pediatric medical and surgical subspecialties are represented, and there are more than 17,000 surgical procedures per year. The Division of Pediatric Pathology also collaborates with the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and examine 1300 placentas and 100 perinatal autopsies per year.

Through our academic affiliations with the Department of Pediatrics and Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, we engage in clinical and translational research.  We provide educational activities for medical students, residents and fellows, and we have an accredited Fellowship on Pediatric Pathology. Faculty in the division continue to make meaningful contributions to knowledge in pediatric pathology at the local, regional, and national 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.