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Message From the Department Chair

The enthusiasm emanating from the world of health care research has become more tangible in recent years as applications make the transition from potential to reality. We are no longer surprised to hear terms like "genome" or "proteomics" on television or internet. Novel imaging technologies allow for a broader toolbox for the fields of diagnostic medicine. This is where the future of pathology is trending, towards using all available technologies to deliver the correct diagnosis to patients and caregivers.

Baystate Health is served by one Department of Pathology across all three hospitals - Baystate Medical Center (BMC), Baystate Franklin Medical Center (BFMC), and Baystate Mary Lane Hospital (BMLH). Contrary to many traditional academic departments, Baystate Pathology includes under one leadership all the fields of pathology, including anatomic, clinical, genetics, & molecular pathology, all with a subspecialty focus. Baystate Medical Center is not just a cancer or referral hospital, not just a pediatric or women's hospital, not just a research or community facility, and not just a Level I trauma facility. Instead, the full gamut of diseases is represented, including normal healthy tissue, malignancies, metabolic abnormalities, infections, and so on. Together with the clinical data and trained subspecialty pathologists, this constitutes a unique resource of tremendous value to an enthusiastic and motivated pathology resident.

Our professional faculty credentials include Board certification in Clinical Pathology and Anatomic Pathology; subspecialty board certification in Dermatopathology, Neuropathology, Cytopathology, Pediatric and Perinatal Pathology, Hematopathology, Transfusion Medicine, Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Microbiology, Toxicology, Clinical Genetics, Clinical Cytogenetics, and Molecular Genetics. The 22 professional faculty boast 21 MD degrees and 7 PhD degrees - 6 have both MD and PhD degrees. With an average age of more than 10 years younger than the average US pathologist, we take pride in being aggressive and entrepreneurial. They have been trained at world-class institutions, such as Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, Duke, and Stanford. These facts underline the commitment to the academic mission, while applying cutting-edge diagnostic technology for the benefit of both the patients and physicians of Western Massachusetts.

Volumes at BHS are surprising - nearly 50,000 surgical specimens, 80,000 cytology specimens, and 6-7 million clinical tests are performed annually. Baystate Reference Laboratories (BRL, a service of BMC) is fully accredited to the highest regulatory standards and participates in the accreditation and evaluation of clinical pathology laboratories world-wide. We provide exceptional behind-the-scenes patient care with concurrent interdisciplinary professional consultation. The strong interaction of technical and client service personnel delivers optimal patient care and client service. Nearly 70% of the clinical workload comes from the outpatient setting, as the department's nearly 500 FTE provide services to 1400 clients throughout western Massachusetts, northern Connecticut, and southern Vermont. With all these figures, the Department of Pathology is one of the largest practices in New England.


Richard Friedberg, MD, PhD
Chair, Department of Pathology