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Andreas Friedl Appointed Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Madison, Wisconsin - Dr. Andreas Friedl has been appointed chair of the department of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH).


He is a professor in the department and director of surgical pathology at UW Hospital and Clinics.


Andreas FriedlA faculty member since 1997, Friedl will assume the department's top leadership position July 1. He succeeds Dr. Michael Hart, who has served in the position for 16 years.


Friedl leads an active basic-research program focused on the cellular "micro-environment" that allows tumors, particularly breast tumors, to grow.


He also directs a clinically oriented research effort to develop techniques for measuring the effects of anti-cancer agents on tissue samples. He is a member of the UW Carbone Cancer Center's Tumor Microenvironment Program.


"Dr. Friedl is a deeply respected academician and clinician. He has distinguished himself as a scientist, mentor, and teacher, while maintaining a very active practice in surgical pathology," says Dr. Robert N. Golden, dean of the School of Medicine and Public Health. "We are delighted that he will now be moving into a major leadership position within the school and UW Health."


The department processes more than 30,000 surgical specimens, 16,700 cytology specimens and 3.7 million clinical laboratory tests per year, and is ranked among the top 25 departments of pathology in terms of National Institutes of Health funding. The faculty in the department teach a wide variety of learners, including medical students, graduate and undergraduate students, residents and fellows.


Friedl earned both MD and Dr. med. (magna cum laude) degrees from Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nuremberg, West Germany, then came to UW-Madison for a research fellowship with Dr. V. Craig Jordan.


He completed an internship in gynecology and obstetrics at the University of Hamburg, then returned again to UW-Madison for a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology, serving as chief resident for one year. From 1993 to 1995, he completed a research fellowship in the laboratory of UW School of Medicine and Public Health pathology professor Dr. Alan C. Rapraeger.


Friedl has been given the American Cancer Society (ACS) Physician's Research Training Award and was named an ACS Research Scholar. He has served on NIH research grant review committees, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology.


He was director of the UW Hospital Immunohistochemistry Laboratory for six years and co-director of the School of Medicine and Public Health's Translational Research Initiative in Pathology Program. He has served as a surgical pathologist at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital for the last 11 years.

Date Published: 05/23/2011

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