Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Pathology


It is our pleasure to welcome you to view the Educational offerings of the Department of Pathology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Medicine.

The vision of Northwestern Pathology is to be a nationally visible and vibrant academic department that

Our mission is to provide exceptional diagnostic services and laboratory management for high quality patient care in the setting of an academic department that advances the practice of pathology through investigation, education, and quality initiatives.

We are committed to providing a nurturing, diverse, and well balanced educational environment for our medical students, residents, fellows, and physician-scientist trainees.

Undergraduate Medical Education
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, ranked in the top 20 of research-oriented medical schools, seeks exceptional, compassionate, and innovative students. Our medical school curriculum is embedded in an integrated, learner-centered environment that promotes inquiry, continuity and evidence-based learning. Feinberg faculty, some of the foremost experts in their fields, are passionate about teaching MD students in a variety of settings, from traditional large group teaching to individual mentoring. Pathology faculty play an active role in curriculum development and teaching and mentoring medical students. Pathology offers medical students a 2 or 4 week clerkship and an advanced focused clerkship, and also has a medical student interest group in which faculty, residents and fellows meet with medical students to review slides from interesting cases.

Graduate Medical Education
Our Residency and Fellowship Programs function under the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University and are primarily based at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH), which is consistently ranked as the top hospital in Illinois and in the top 10 nationwide. Our Northwestern University based faculty are dedicated to the education and mentorship of our trainees. In conjunction with our laboratory staff, our faculty actively engage trainees to learn the essential elements of the science and practice of Pathology in a setting that provides a large, diverse volume of clinical specimen types and an atmosphere of enquiry and discovery.

You can learn more about our education offerings and the achievements of our trainees and faculty via the links on this page and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@NU_Pathology).


Daniel J. Brat, MD, PhD

Magerstadt Professor and Chairman
Department of Pathology, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Pathologist-in-Chief, Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Ritu Nayar, MD

Professor of Pathology and Vice Chair of Education and Faculty Development
Director of Cytopathology Division Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine



Dr. Ritu Nayar, MD
Vice Chair for Education and Faculty Development