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Welcome to the Department of Pathology, CU

Welcome to the Department of Pathology, University of Colorado, School of Medicine! We are most fortunate to be part of a dynamic and rapidly growing Denver metro community and to be nestled (for the most part) on a new 375 acre Anschutz Medical Campus. We currently have 95 faculty, with diverse academic interests spanning from basic science to direct patient care. Our clinical faculty and physician trainees provide care at four sites in the metro area, the University of Colorado Hospital, Children's Hospital of Colorado, Denver Health Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center Denver. We seek to develop, maintain and practice evidence and outcomes-based medicine to benefit all patients affiliated with the aforementioned hospitals that serve patients from the west, mid-west and beyond.  Our superb clinician educators design and provide educational curricula for residents and fellows, medical students, dental students, allied health professionals, undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students. Our research focus is primarily on mechanisms of human carcinogenesis, particularly lung, breast, genitourinary, head and neck, and gynecologic malignancies. We have invested heavily in future technologies and test development, particularly in molecular diagnostics and personalized medicine. We are the historical home department of the multidisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Cancer Biology, linked to the Graduate School of CU.


Our biggest challenges in the past decade have been to keep up with the growth of the population in the State of Colorado and to modernize into a subspecialty based, technology savvy practice. Much of this has been accomplished with recruitment, having more than doubled the size of our faculty during this time.  Growth has afforded us the opportunity to recruit from some of the best known academic medical centers in the US and to recruit with a focus on expertise, diversity and experience. These changes have also fostered a more dynamic and effective training environment for our 25 residents and 7 fellows​. This new generation of CU trainees is far exceeding our expectations, landing remarkable careers and fellowships as they move on with their profession.


As I enter my second decade as Chair of the Department of Pathology at CU, I cannot hide my enthusiasm for what the Department has achieved as a team. I am extremely proud of our faculty, staff and students for who they are and for what they have achieved. We are in the process of revising our website; please accept my apology if some parts are still out of date. Feel free to contact the faculty or myself if you have specific questions. Better yet, come to Denver and experience the department and our community first hand. We look forward to meeting you!

Sincerely yours,

Ann D. Thor, M.D.
Professor and Todd Chair of Pathology​