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About Pathology at UHN

The pathology department is part of the larger Laboratory Medicine Program (LMP) at the University Health Network (UHN)  that includes Toronto General Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital and Toronto Rehab.

With over 425 staff, including 60 medical and scientific staff, we are the largest diagnostic lab in Canada and one of the largest academic labs in the world. Every patient at UHN is impacted by the tests performed within LMP and we provide detailed, knowledgable and comprehensive consultations as integrated members of the healthcare team.

What does all this mean?

Think about the last time you went to a hospital – did you have blood drawn? If so, that’s us! (Or more specifically, our hematology department.)

Did you have a lump and needed a biopsy? That’s us too! (Your sample was surely seen by one of our pathologists.)

Did you get a treatment plan from your doctor based on your genes? (Likely analyzed by one of of medical laboratory technologists. )That’s because of us too.

Laboratory medicine is the first stop for virtually all patients in Canadian hospitals – testing and diagnosis dictates the patients future treatment.

But, so much of this work happens behind the scenes. We want this blog to be a place where we pull back the curtain, go beyond the microscope and give you the full story, the complete “pathology report” on laboratory medicine at UHN.

Your care is important to us and we’re committed to being a global leader in clinical service – in addition to research and academics – so we think it’s important to learn about who is looking at your sample, who is analyzing your test and who is consulting with your oncologist, or other physician regarding pathology results.

We want you to understand who is caring for you, what’s happening and why it’s so important.

Posts on this blog will likely come from a small collection of pathologists at UHN, but over time you might here from others – including other colleagues within the LMP, such as hematologists and biochemists. We’re all in this together and we’re all committed to delivering the best care to our patients.

We’re excited to share our stories with you, but remember – the views expressed on this site belong to the authors and don’t necessarily represent those of UHN.


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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Bruce Cobb permalink
    January 23, 2013 4:06 pm

    Why is it that pathology has a difficult time attracting competent, high quality medical students to the field whereas radiology, a similar field, is exceptionally competitive? All of the top quality medical students that I tutor who would be great pathologists are using it as a backup, instead ranking radiology higher. This is simply disappointing.

    I think that to advance our field beyond being considered a commodity, we need to attract top talent. We are thus far failing in this regard. It’s probably a multifaceted issue involving lab avoidance, autopsy avoidance, future disruptive technologies, low prestige, and relatively low income to other similar alternatives.

    We also need to get ourselves into the boardrooms of medical school admissions committees and to the reimbursement negotiating tables if we want the field to provide the best possible diagnostic quality to patients. As it stands, I fear we are working at less than optimal capacity.

    • john Anon permalink
      June 18, 2013 6:44 pm

      I don’t know if I agree with Mr. Cobb. I know some very bright people who have chosen to go into pathology.

      And the Ontario Sunshine list would suggest Pathologists do very well, thank you… certainly better than my specialty.

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