Department of Pathology

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The Boonshoft School of Medicine Department of Pathology serves the university and community in three interwoven domains:

  1. Education of medical students, residents, faculty and clinicians
  2. Research in translational and clinical sciences and medical education
  3. Diagnostic pathology services for patients and their physicians


Our three pathologist-educators devote more than 50 percent of their time to support the professional development of Boonshoft School of Medicine students and residents. We focus on developing habits of self-directed inquiry and critical thinking skills in our students — essential characteristics of competent physicians. We strive to model and facilitate collaborative learning among students and faculty. Learning resources, modules of instruction, courses and assessment tools are designed and delivered in cooperation with basic science and clinical faculty in an interdisciplinary manner. An experienced group of four additional full-time faculty and 32 clinically affiliated faculty engage our students and residents, enhancing the breadth and depth of education in core courses and elective experiences.


Diverse research and scholarly activities characterize our faculty. Drs. Peter Lauf, Gregory Boivin, and Emily Dudley do basic and translational science, the latter two directing the animal research facility that serves all faculty of Wright State University. Our four pathologists focus on clinical and medical education research, often accomplished in collaboration with students and/or residents. Scholarship in medical education supports evidence-based analysis and implementation of best-practice teaching and learning strategies.

Diagnostic Pathology Services

Clinical services are provided by all faculty in the pathology department. Our full-time faculty specialize in dermatopathology (Dr. Smita Krishnamurthy), clinical microbiology (Dr. Ken Miler), pediatric pathology (Dr. D. Mirkin), and autopsy pathology (Dr. Paul Koles). Our clinically affiliated faculty practice all aspects of anatomic and clinical pathology, including surgical pathology, cytopathology, forensic pathology, hematopathology, molecular diagnostics, transfusion medicine, clinical chemistry and clinical microbiology.

Fourth Annual Visiting Professorship in Pathology

John R. Goldblum, M.D., chair of the Department of Anatomic Pathology at the Cleveland Clinic, will present two lectures as part of the Fourth Annual Visiting Professorship in Pathology, on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Both lectures are free, but advance registration is required for the evening clinician lecture. View the flyer for both events (PDF)

Science Lecture: “Ancillary Diagnostic Techniques in the Diagnosis of Soft Tissue Tumors: A Pattern-Based Approach”

Tuesday, April 19, 3:30 p.m., Gandhi Auditorium, White Hall, Wright State University
Learning Objectives:
  • To become familiar with the most common soft tissue lesions in the differential diagnosis based upon pattern
  • To become familiar with the most prudent use of immunohistochemistry in working up soft tissue tumors based upon pattern
  • To become familiar with the most useful molecular tools in working up soft tissue tumors based upon pattern

Clinician Lecture: “Inflammatory Bowel Disease and IBD-Related Dysplasia: One Pathologist's Perspective”

Tuesday, April 19, 7:30 p.m., Presidential Banquet Center (Kohler Banquet Hall), 4572 Presidential Way, Dayton, Ohio 45429
Learning Objectives:
  • To understand more recently described variants of ulcerative colitis
  • To become familiar with some histologic pitfalls in distinguishing ulcerative colitis from Crohn’s disease
  • To understand the role of the pathologist in diagnosing and managing patients with IBD-related dysplasia
CME Is Available for the Clinician Lecture

Wright State University (WSU) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. WSU designated this activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

About John R. Goldblum, M.D.

John R. Goldblum, M.D.John R. Goldblum, M.D., is chair of the Department of Anatomic Pathology at the Cleveland Clinic. He specializes in the interpretation of biopsy and resection specimens in the fields of soft tissue pathology and gastrointestinal pathology for Cleveland Clinic patients as well as non-Cleveland Clinic patients throughout the United States and the world. He is the coauthor of Enzinger and Weiss’s Soft Tissue Tumors, 6th edition (2013) and coeditor of Pathology of the GI Tract, Liver, Biliary Tract and Pancreas (2009). He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally in the field of anatomic pathology and has published more than 200 peer-reviewed articles.

Goldblum has been listed in Top Doc’s in Cleveland Magazine, 2004-2008, and The Best Doctors® List, 2003-2004. He is a member of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, the American Society for Clinical Pathologists, the Gastrointestinal Pathology Society, the American Gastroenterological Association and the American College of Gastroenterology.

For more information, please contact Ife Shafeek at or (937) 775-2625.

Regional Postmortem Examination Service

The Department of Pathology offers a postmortem examination service that makes autopsy available to the next of kin for persons who die of apparently natural causes outside of a hospital or in hospital emergency rooms. It does not provide a medical-legal investigation of death, which can only be performed by a coroner's office, as mandated by Ohio law. For information on the Regional Postmortem Examination Service, view our online brochure (PDF file). To contact a representative, call (937) 775-2625, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., or (937) 775-2304 on evenings and weekends.

Last edited on 03/25/2016.