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Pathology and Laboratory Medicine contributes to the clinical, educational and research missions of Drexel University College of Medicine by providing a solid foundation for understanding disease processes in individual patients as well as in general terms. Since our discipline uses basic science approaches to elucidate clinical disease, we are in a strategic position to provide an important educational bridge and to conduct translational research.

Pathology Education

Our faculty members actively participate in the education of medical students, graduate students, residents and fellows. They are involved in both the instruction and administration of the IFM and PIL curricular tracks, a senior elective and a pathology pathway. Graduate medical education comprises a combined AP/CP residency program as well as cytopathology, surgical pathology and hematopathology fellowships. Our department is also the institutional sponsor for the forensic pathology fellowship that is offered by the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office. Finally, the department sponsors two CME programs that are aimed at faculty development.

Pathology Research

The investigational activities of the department are focused on translational research. Our investigators have utilized molecular approaches to identify a sensitive and specific marker for prostate cancer that is being used to develop a urine test for that disease. This general approach can be applied to the detection of a wide variety of other cancers and may also serve as the foundation for therapeutic interventions.
Learn more about pathology research.

Pathology Services

Department pathologists provide professional services that include rendering diagnostic interpretations and overseeing clinical laboratories in the Philadelphia region.

Pathology Diagnostics Laboratory (PDL)
The Pathology Diagnostics Laboratory (PDL) is a CAP-certified laboratory that processes anatomic pathology specimens and provides diagnostic interpretations for physician office practices and a variety of investigators.
Pathology Diagnostics Laboratory (PDL)

Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory
The Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory (MDL) provides diagnosis, education and clinical research services with emphasis on diagnosis of leukemias, lymphomas and other disease processes, and provides additional molecular information for patient management.
Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory (MDL)

Advanced Pathology Imaging Laboratory (APIL)
The Advanced Pathology Imaging Laboratory is a collaborative center for pathology imaging and informatics, offering whole slide scanning and advanced image analysis solutions.
Advanced Pathology Imaging Laboratory (APIL)

Electron Microscopy Laboratory
The Electron Microscopy Laboratory (EM) is focused on diagnosis, education, and research with emphasis on diagnosis of renal diseases, muscular and peripheral nerve diseases, as well as cancer.
Electron Microscopy Laboratory (EM)

Regional Autopsy Service
The Regional Autopsy Service provides comprehensive autopsy services to institutions and individuals that are outside of the regional Tenet hospital system.
Regional Autopsy Service (RAS)

Tissue Procurement Facility
The Tissue Procurement Facility is an IRB-approved center that offers a central repository of biological tissue to support the research mission of the medical school.
Tissue Procurement Facility

News & Events

"The Age Factor"
Related Faculty: Claudio Torres, PhD
Exel - Drexel University Research Magazine (2013)

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Cheryl Hanau, MD, Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Cheryl Hanau, MD
Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine