About the Department

At UNM our vibrant and collegial team of pathologists, scientists, trainees and staff reflects the multicultural population of New Mexico. We link diversity with excellence through outstanding programs in education, training, biomedical research and patient care. We are committed to serving New Mexico’s unique populations and cultures while also contributing substantially to solving national and global problems.

Educational Programs

Pathology faculty teach in the School of Medicine curriculum, the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, the Medical Laboratory Science Program, the Pathology Residency Program, in six Clinical Fellowship Programs and in several interdisciplinary, cross-campus programs. Research faculty also mentor Post Doctoral Fellows.

  • Pathology residents have access to 16 different rotations during their 4 years of training.

  • Clinical fellowships are offered in the fields of Cytopathology, Surgical Pathology, Hematopathology, Molecular Genetic Pathology, Transfusion Medicine and Forensic Pathology.

  • A Post-Sophomore Fellowship has been offered for more than 30 years.

  • Pathology faculty lead multiple medical school and graduate school core courses and provide research rotations and labs for dissertation research for many of these students.

  • The Medical Laboratory Science Program offers both BS and MS degrees for future laboratory technologists and managers.

  • Pathology faculty work in teams with colleagues from other departments and disciplines across campus to integrate training in disease-focused cell and molecular biology with complementary training in the physical and computational sciences.

Research Programs

Pathology faculty pursue a wide range of basic, clinical, translational, and population research.

Clinical Services

As the only academic Department of Pathology in New Mexico, the faculty’s subspecialties cover a broad range of fields in pathology including areas that are unique to New Mexico.

  • Clinical faculty are leaders in their sub-specialties. The well-known text “Bone Marrow Pathology” is the work of UNM pathologist Dr. Kathy Foucar and her colleagues.

  • Dr. Kendall Crookston leads a highly regarded multi-hospital-based transfusion medicine clinical and teaching program

  • Dr. Thèrése Bocklage, a surgical pathologist leads our NCI-funded Human Tissue Repository and Tissue Analysis Shared Resource.

  • Pathology faculty lead and support clinical care and clinical research in the UNM Cancer Center, the New Mexico Tumor Registry, the UNM Clinical Translational Science Center, and the NM HPV Prevention Center.

  • TriCore Reference Laboratories, a unique non-profit clinical reference laboratory for clinical practice, is co-sponsored by the UNM Health Sciences Center and Presbyterian Healthcare.

  • The Department operates the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator that provides death investigation, professional counseling, infectious disease surveillance, and assistance to law enforcement agencies state-wide. OMI faculty and pathologist Dr. Brian Hjelle uncovered Sin Nombre Virus as the cause of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome and worked with Department of Medicine colleagues to develop the first effective treatment.

  • UNM Department faculty and the private group, Pathology Associates of Albuquerque, are the largest pathology groups in New Mexico and collaborate closely to provide pathology services to the citizens of New Mexico, TriCore and its clients.

Department Composition

Some 75 faculty, 30 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, 30 residents and clinical fellows, and 50 administrative and technical staff are located at UNM. TriCore Reference Laboratories located close to campus employs another 1,100 pathology-aligned professionals.

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