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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.
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Pathology Services

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

Flow Cytometry Lab
The Flow Cytometry Lab at Drexel University College of Medicine is in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and performs clinical testing for diagnosis and cell quantitation. The lab is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and performs a variety of different tests on both the adult and pediatric populations.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Regional Autopsy Service
The Regional Autopsy Service provides comprehensive autopsy services to institutions and individuals that are outside of the regional hospital system.
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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.
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News & Announcements

Philadelphia Magazine's Top Doctors 2019 Faculty Named Philadelphia Magazine Top Doctors™ for 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Cheryl A. Hanau, who was named a "Top Doctor" in Philadelphia magazine's annual list of the region's best physicians. (May 6, 2019)
*This physician is a non-compensated member of the teaching faculty of Drexel University College of Medicine.

2018 Golden Apple Awards

On April 10, faculty and staff were recognized for excellence in teaching and outstanding service at the 2018 Golden Apple Award Ceremony.

Shaymaa Ashi and Diego Morales at PAP Jeopardy

Residents Score Big at PAP Jeopardy

Drexel pathology residents participated in the Jeopardy contest hosted by the Pennsylvania Association of Pathologists on Friday, April 13, 2018. Other participating schools included Penn State Hershey, University of Pennsylvania, Temple, Pennsylvania Hospital, and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Drexel took home the cup! Drs. Shaymaa Ashi and Diego Morales won the contest in the final round. Go team!

2017 CURE Awardees

The following faculty members were the recipients of 2017 CURE grant awards:

  • Christian Sell, PhD (co-investigator): Novel Compositions for Treating or Preventing Age-Related Dermal and Epidermal Disorders
  • Mark Zarella, PhD (investigator): The Mechanisms of Visual and Decision Processes in Cancer Histopathology Interpretation

See all 2017 CURE awardees.

In the Media

"Suicide of Aging Cells Prolongs Life Span in Mice"
Related Faculty: Christian Sell, PhD
Science (February 3, 2016)

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Cheryl Hanau, MD, Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Cheryl Hanau, MD
Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine