Welcome to the Department of Pathology, University of Colorado

The Department of Pathology of the University of Colorado has a proud and productive history, spanning over 130 years.  We are a bridge department within the School of Medicine, with diverse faculty focused on basic to clinical research, patient care and education. We are an integral component of the CU School of Medicine, and adhere to its missions of patient care, medical education and scientific research. The Department is highly value driven and focused on scientific investigation, lifelong learning and a balance of personal and professional values. The Department of Pathology employs 115 full time faculty, 24 residents, 7 fellows, and hundreds of staff....who work together to achieve our mission... to discover, to define and to transform the practice of pathology in our region and country.   Our faculty and staff are diverse and gender balanced, with women comprising 50% of our residents, Assistant, Associate and Full Professors (including those with tenure).

The rapid population growth of the Denver metro area, expansion of healthcare coverage within Colorado,  and facilities expansion by our hospital partners have required more than doubling of our faculty numbers in the last decade.  Our clinicians exemplify dedication and selflessness, focusing on evidence based sub-specialty practice to provide excellence in diagnostic medicine across a wide range of scientific and anatomically based disease sub-specialties. Our major Pathology and Lab Medicine practices are located at three major hospitals co-located on the Anschutz Medical Center (AMC) campus in Aurora, including: the University of Colorado Hospital, the Children's Hospital of Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center. In addition, our faculty also practice at Denver Health Hospital (in Denver) and Highlands Ranch Hospital (South of Denver).  We also own and operate two large referral laboratories based at AMC campus, the Colorado Molecular Correlates Lab and the Colorado Genetics Laboratory, and numerous other small labs across the state in order to provide outstanding access and services to our patients.

Medical education is a primary mission of the department and its members. The University of Colorado ranked #1 in pathology education among medical schools nationwide by Kaplan Test Prep in 2019. This reflects the remarkable teaching efforts of our faculty, residents and fellows as well as their passion for the sub-specialty of pathology.  Our residents typically score higher than the national average on annual RISE exams, show a 100% first exam pass rate in both AP and CP by the American Board of Pathology, and secure highly competitive fellowships post-graduation. We also support ACGME and/or GME accredited Fellowships in Surgical Pathology, Cytopathology, Hematopathology, Molecular Pathology, Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine, Forensic Pathology, and Pediatric Pathology.

The Department employs world class researchers focused on mechanisms of carcinogenesis. Many are nationally and internationally known for their scientific contributions and cutting edge research. These individuals are active participants in graduate and post-graduate education associated with the Graduate School of CU, particularly the PhD Program in Cancer Biology that originated in our Department. We also support numerous core facilities for our NIH designated comprehensive cancer center, an institutional biobank, and other sub-specialty services that serve our scientific community.

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Denver is a rapidly growing metropolis, with a vibrant young population who seek ready access to the outdoors, sports of all kinds, an outstanding food scene and the arts. When we are not working we hike 14,000 foot mountain peaks, bike, run, swim, ski, and camp our way through Colorado.  We also send senior residents, faculty and cytotechnologists to serve the underserved via our Global Health initiative that provides free cancer screening and care for women in Peru. 

Overall, the Department of Pathology of the CU School of Medicine is experiencing remarkable success and growth systemwide. We hope you will visit us in person, or virtually through our website as you are able.  We look forward to welcoming you to Colorado!

Sincerely yours,

Ann D. Thor, M.D.

Professor and Todd Chair of Pathology