Welcome from the Chair

The Departmental Mission:

  • Deliver high quality, cost effective care
  • Innovative ways to add value and knowledge
  • Train the next generation of pathologists

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) provides a vibrant, innovative, and personable environment for training.  The Department provides inpatient, outpatient, and reference lab services to the four NorthShore hospitals, the individual offices of the Medical Group physicians, and other healthcare facilities in the Chicago area.  The department sees approximately 120,000 surgical and 4.5 million clinical samples annually, which include a mix of complex, specialty and routine cases.  Because of the sub-specialized nature of the clinical services in medicine and surgery, the presence of the Kellogg Cancer Center, and the Women's Hospital, the department includes a full spectrum of specialty services onsite in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.  The Department includes 28 faculty members representing Surgical Pathology, Cytopathology, Autopsy, Hematopathology, Dermatopathology, Neuropathology, Molecular Pathology and Genomics, Chemistry, Microbiology and Virology, and Transfusion Medicine. 

The Department has a long history of educational focus.  NorthShore is currently an academic affiliate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and hosts a large number of University of Chicago medical students, residents and fellows on site.  Pathology, Medicine, and Family Medicine are independent residency programs at NorthShore, sponsored by the University of Chicago.  The Pathology Residency Program dates back to the 1980s and has a longstanding history of success.  Graduates have a strong record of success in seeking fellowships and jobs in the academic or community sector.  Innovation and research projects are encouraged and funded by the department, and each resident has the opportunity to attend multiple national and local pathology meetings.  During their training, residents benefit from the centralized location within Evanston Hospital, which promotes clinical consultation as well as availablity of the faculty, though the breadth of cases from the other hospitals and outreach add to the case mix.  Additionally, NorthShore residents benefit from the extensive EMR investment.  NorthShore was the first institition to implement Epic throughout all inpatient and outpatient services, and the first to receive enterprise-wide HIMSS7 designation; this puts complete patient data in the hands of physicians and residents at NorthShore. 

The culture at NorthShore is one of collaboration and collegiality.  The department functions as an integral part of the health care team, with numerous tumor boards and teaching rounds held in conjunction with our clinical colleagues each week.  Residents become involved in many intradepartmental studies and quality efforts during their tenure.  Interdisciplinary collaboration is a hallmark of NorthShore and has led to great success in our cancer programs, adult and perinatal genetics, infection control, and most recently our individualized medicine program.

We welcome your interest in NorthShore and encourage your questions and application to our program!

Karen L. Kaul, MD, PhD, Chair