Educating future generations of pathologists.

About Us
The Department of Pathology is a community of basic and clinical scientists who bring an extraordinary range of specialized expertise to their research, teaching, and clinical care to establish diagnoses and outstanding novel therapeutics through our affiliated hospitals.



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Learn more the department's latest research efforts, including the work we do through our affiliated institutions.

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Faculty Spotlight

Ronen Sumagin

Associate Professor of Pathology (Experimental Pathology)

PhD: University of Rochester (2008) Postdoctoral Fellow: Emory University, Pathology (2012)

Dr. Sumagin has been part of Northwestern's faculty since 2014. Studies in Dr. Sumagin’s laboratory investigate the underlying mechanisms by which innate immune cells, namely neutrophil and macrophages in the gastrointestinal tract contribute to resolution of inflammation, epithelial injury and development/progression of colorectal cancers. To learn more, visit the page of Dr. Sumagin's laboratory.

Ritu Nayar

Professor of Pathology (Cytopathology) and Medical Education

Vice Chair of Education and Faculty Development, Department of Pathology
Director of Cytopathology in the Department of Pathology

MD: Delhi University, India 

Dr. Nayar has been part of Northwestern's faculty since 1997. She is widely published, including being the co-editor  of the Bethesda system for used for reporting Pap smears in women all around the world. To learn more, visit Dr. Nayar's faculty profile.

Rui Yi

Professor of Pathology (Experimental Pathology) and Dermatology

Rui Yi, PhD

Paul E. Steiner Research Professor of Pathology
Professor of Pathology and Dermatology

BS: Peking University (1999)
PhD: Duke University (2004)

Dr. Yi's research aims to address several fundamental questions in stem cell biology: how the developmental potential of embryonic progenitors and adult tissue stem cells is transmitted or restricted in their progenies at the molecular level when they go through critical transitions such as cell fate specification, self-renewal of stem cells as well as stress response, and how these regulatory mechanisms go awry in aging and diseases To see more about Dr. Yi, view his faculty profile here

Starzl Academy

Physician-Scientist Training & Resources

We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and training to help our residents and fellows excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans, including one of our fellows, Kate Poropatich, MD, MPH.

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