The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health invites applications and nominations for the position of chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

The opportunity

Since its establishment in 1908, the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine has evolved into a vibrant clinical department that integrates anatomic pathology, laboratory medicine, teaching, and a robust research enterprise that has made fundamental discoveries in cell biology, immunology, and infectious disease.

A key feature of the department is its institutional setting within a top-tier university and the nation’s first School of Medicine and Public Health. The department’s clinical activity spans laboratory medicine, anatomic pathology, clinical informatics, and more. Department faculty perform duties as medical directors and faculty directors in many laboratories within UW Health — the university’s integrated health system — and Unity Point Health-Meriter system, which has a joint operating agreement with UW Health. Technical staffing of many of the pathology laboratories is managed by UW Health.

The main clinical laboratory is located within University Hospital on the UW–Madison campus. It encompasses a core laboratory and several specialty laboratory sections that support diverse and cutting-edge clinical programs. At this location, department faculty directors provide clinical leadership and scientific expertise to 10 clinical pathology lab sections, as well as to the four sections of the department’s anatomic pathology program. In terms of faculty staffing, surgical pathology is the largest laboratory section.

The department maintains a vibrant research portfolio focused on the study of human disease, with immunology as one of the unifying themes. Additional research areas include infectious disease, stem cell biology, and hematopoiesis, as well as testing technologies and biomarkers, cancer genomics, and extracellular matrix biology.

The department’s educational endeavors serve undergraduates, graduate students, medical students, residents, and fellows. The Cellular and Molecular Pathology program it oversees is the only PhD graduate program administratively homed in an SMPH clinical department. With six training slots per year at present, the program provides graduate students with interdisciplinary and integrated training in the pathogenesis of human diseases with an emphasis on molecular, cellular, and biochemical aspects.

The chair will be an innovative leader in the field of pathology and laboratory medicine and will champion outstanding qualities of strategic management and leadership. They will possess a commitment to diversity and inclusion and will advance the department’s culture of teamwork and collaboration.

Organization overview


“The University of Wisconsin–Madison is distinctive in its scale and breadth, the premium we place on our relevance to society, and our commitment to inclusivity in the broadest sense.” — Rebecca M. Blank, Chancellor

Since 1848, this campus has been a catalyst for the extraordinary. As a public land-grant university and one of the most prolific research institutions in the world, UW–Madison is home to those who are driven by a desire to both explore new worlds and to apply new ideas to real-world problems.

With a total annual budget of over $3.1 billion, including more than $1 billion in annual research expenditures, UW–Madison has been in the top 10 in national research spending every year since 1972. The campus is home to more than 23,000 faculty and staff and 45,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree students. Members of the student body represent all 50 states and 127 countries. The university is ranked 26th worldwide by the Center for World University Rankings and 13th among public U.S. universities in the 2021 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings.

The Wisconsin Idea—the principle that the university should improve people’s lives beyond the classroom— has been guiding the efforts of UW–Madison Badgers for more than a century. The university has been dedicated to studying poverty and social inequity for 50 years, is ranked #1 among large schools for producing Peace Corps volunteers, and boasts 19 Nobel Prize winners among its faculty and alumni.

School of Medicine and Public Health

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) is recognized as an international, national, and statewide leader in education, research, and service. Founded in 1907, it transformed into the nation’s first School of Medicine and Public Health in 2005 to integrate the principles and power of interwoven medical and public health approaches in all of its missions.

Powered by more than 5,500 employees, including over 2,000 faculty, the school’s engagement spans the entire state of Wisconsin and includes a deep commitment to improvement of the health of the population. This commitment manifests itself in innovative models that serve as paradigms for the rest of the country.

Health Sciences Learning Center

Members of the school rapidly translate discovery into application and continually foster synergies between clinical care, education, and research. Consistently ranked among the nation’s top medical schools, SMPH has established high-performance academic programs that are intentionally distributed across the entire spectrum of academic medicine. Its faculty members hold appointments in 27 departments—17 in the clinical sciences and 10 in the basic sciences. The faculty is composed of some of the nation’s leading researchers, educators, and clinicians. This includes several National Medal of Science recipients and National Academy of Science honorees.

Mission and values

UW SMPH strives to carry out its mission of advancing health and health equity through remarkable service to patients and communities, outstanding education, and innovative research. It upholds the values of integrity and accountability, compassion, diversity, equity and inclusivity, and excellence. The school’s Shared Guidelines for Professional Conduct help the SMPH community embody these values in their daily activities.

Fostering a diverse and inclusive community is important both as an end in itself and also as a valuable driver of eliminating health disparities. The school strives to be comprised of a diverse, inclusive academic community committed to excellence and equity in health; wellness through teaching and learning, clinical service, and advocacy; and research in all forms of biological science, population health science, and health care.

SMPH is dedicated to creating an inclusive, collaborative, respectful, and welcoming environment in which all faculty, students, and staff will thrive. This effort is referred to as Building Community, and includes a call to action for every SMPH member to examine not only our intent, but our impact—“Every Person. Every Action. Every Time.”

UW Health

UW Health is the integrated health system of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, serving more than 600,000 patients each year in the Upper Midwest and beyond with 1,750 physicians and 21,000 staff at seven hospitals and more than 80 outpatient sites. UW Health is governed by the UW Hospitals and Clinics Authority and partners with UW School of Medicine and Public Health to fulfill patient care, research, education and community service missions.

UW Health Hospitals, which includes both University Hospital on the UW–Madison campus and UW Health at The American Center on the east side of Madison, has been ranked No. 1 in Wisconsin for nine years in a row by U.S. News and World Report. University Hospital is one of only 25 U.S. hospitals named to Newsweek’s “Top 100 Global” list, which includes hospitals in 11 countries around the world. American Family Children’s Hospital is also nationally ranked as a top children’s hospital.

UW Health has been designated by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality in the Healthcare Equality Index.

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is a recognized leader in clinical and anatomic pathology, serving Madison area hospitals and clinics in addition to rural hospitals and others throughout the Great Lakes region. Years of strategic recruitment have allowed the clinical practice to flourish and the department to establish a highly successful research portfolio.

The department has 62 faculty members:

  • Approximately 47 faculty members engage
    primarily in clinical activities and 15 focus on research and teaching
  • 28 assistant professors, 11 associate professors, 23 professors
  • 42 clinical health sciences track, 15 tenure track, 5 clinician-teacher track
  • 28 female, 34 male
  • Four faculty hold appointments at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene

Department faculty members help lead eight hospital and clinic-based laboratories. The main clinical
laboratory is home to 10 lab sections, and anatomic pathology houses four.

Hospital and clinic-based clinical laboratories supervised by department faculty:
University Hospital, including American Family Children’s Hospital
UW Health Clinics
UW Health at The American Center (Madison East)
UnityPoint Health – Meriter Hospital
Mendota Mental Health Hospital
Richland Center Hospital (rural, Meriter-affiliated)
Lafayette County Hospital (rural, Meriter-affiliated)
Columbus Hospital (rural, Meriter-affiliated)

Clinical laboratory sections within University Hospital:

LaboratoryNumber of faculty
Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology 2
Point of Care Testing 1
Hematology and Urinalysis 1
Clinical Microbiology 2
Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine 5
Molecular Pathology 2
Special Coagulation 1
Clinical Immunology 1
Client Services and Referral Testing 1
Phlebotomy 1

Anatomic pathology laboratory sections within University Hospital:

Lab sectionFacultyCase Numbers
Surgical Pathology 30 ~ 60,000
Autopsy and Forensic Pathology 3 550 (350 forensic, 200 medical incl. fetal)
Cytopathology 5 25,000 gyn; 4,000 BF; 2,500 FNA
Hematopathology 6 1,500 BM; 1,000 flows; 500 surgical

Faculty research projects in the department include programs focused on HIV, emerging infectious diseases including COVID-19, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, and Alzheimer’s disease. Laboratories are located in the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR), Medical Sciences Center (MSC) on the university’s main campus, and University Research Park. Departmental research is currently funded through 28 NIH grants and additional CDC and industry contracts. NIH grants total $15.8 million for fiscal year 2021, and extramural support totals $18.6 million.

The Translational Research in Pathology (TRIP) Lab is a research core in the department that focuses on human tissue work. Services provided range from standard histology and frozen sections and slide staining to advanced tissue-based techniques. The laboratory currently serves 138 principal investigators and has 71 active clinical trials/IRB-approved studies. It operates on a fee-for-service model, which covers 94% of its costs.

The acclaimed Cellular and Molecular Pathology graduate program has an excellent track record of attracting high-quality candidates, including from groups underrepresented in science. Approximately 120 trainers have appointments in multiple departments in SMPH, the School of Veterinary Medicine, and other units within UW–Madison. In addition, while SMPH does not confer undergraduate degrees, the department contributes to two critical undergraduate-level courses to bolster the curriculum and increase interest in pathology and laboratory medicine. Faculty in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine have also greatly contributed to the school’s Doctor of Medicine curriculum.

The residency program currently trains more than 20 residents in a four-year program for combined anatomic and clinical pathology and three-year programs for each single track. Fellowship tracks include ACGME-accredited clinical fellowships in hematopathology, cytopathology, and transfusion medicine. Two non-accredited fellowships in surgical pathology focus training on gastrointestinal and breast/gynecological pathology.

The department prides itself on a culture of collaboration across its many missions and areas of clinical work and research. For example, clinical laboratory leadership follows a dual hierarchy that fosters partnership between faculty and administrative-technical leadership.

Qualifications and attributes of leadership

The successful candidate will have a compelling vision for the future of pathology and laboratory in a leading public academic institution and medical center. The chair will possess proven leadership and management skills as well as an outstanding academic background and dedication to furthering diversity of the faculty, staff, and students in the department and establishing an inclusive work environment. The chair will provide strategic, academic, and administrative leadership of the highest quality to this distinguished department in its patient care, research, teaching, and service missions.

Applicants must have a MD, MD/PhD, DO or equivalent degree(s); board certification in anatomic and/or clinical pathology; eligibility for a Wisconsin Physician license; have a substantial record of achievement in administrative leadership, clinical care, teaching across the full continuum of learners; and a strong academic background that would qualify for appointment as a tenured professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

The community

Located on an isthmus between two lakes, Madison is the capital city of the state of Wisconsin. Madison has been voted

  • No. 3 Best Place to Live (Liveability, 2020)
  • No. 1 City for Most Successful Women Per Capita (Forbes, 2019)
  • No. 1 City for Best Work-Life Balance (SmartAsset, 2020)
  • No. 7 Best City for STEM Professionals (CEO World, 2020)
  • No. 2 Best State to Practice Medicine (WalletHub, 2020)
  • No. 2 Best City for Biking (People for Bikes, 2020)
  • No. 4 Fittest City in the U.S. (ACSM American Fitness Index, 2020)
  • No. 2 Best Cities for Millennials (, 2020)
  • No. 4 Greenest City in the US (Zippia, 2020)
  • No. 1 Best Place to Retire (Money, 2020)
  • No. 1 Best Place in the U.S. for Raising Children ( 2020)
  • No. 1 Best College Football Town in America (Sports University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health 6 Illustrated, 2019).

Madison’s technology economy is growing rapidly, and the region is home to the headquarters of Epic Systems, Exact Sciences, American Family Insurance, American Girl (Mattel), Sub-Zero, and Lands’ End, as well as many biotech, healthcare IT, and health systems startups.

Madison is the second largest city in the state, with a city population of approximately 260,000 and regional population of over 1 million. The city is within easy driving range of Chicago and Milwaukee. Madison offers numerous unique neighborhoods and commercial areas including the Capitol Square, State Street, Willy Street, Shorewood Hills, Maple Bluff, and Hilldale. Suburbs and surrounding smaller communities include Sun Prairie, Middleton, McFarland, Verona, Cottage Grove, Waunakee, and Fitchburg.

Madison is home to one of the strongest local food scenes in the country with several James Beard Award winners, gastropubs, and farm-to-table restaurants. From April to October, the Capitol Square hosts the impressive Dane County Farmers’ Market, the largest producer-only farmers’ market in the country. The city is rich with cultural offerings such as the Overture Center for the Performing Arts, Orpheum Theatre, Concerts on the Square, Jazz at Five, UW-Madison Mead Witter School of Music and Hamel Music Center, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Madison Opera, Madison Ballet, UW–Madison Chazen Museum of Art, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin Historical Museum, and Madison Children’s Museum, among others.

The city has a dedicated athletics fanbase which largely centers around the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Sports venues include Camp Randall Stadium, the Kohl Center, LaBahn Arena, Wisconsin Field House, and the Alliant Energy Center. Madison is home to Forward Madison FC, the first professional soccer team in the city, as well as the Madison Mallards, a college wood-bat summer baseball league team. Marquee endurance sports and specialty sporting events include IronMan Wisconsin and IronMan 70.3, Reebok CrossFit Games, Madison Marathon, and many national and international championship competitions.

Application process


Please send nominations to:

Ned H. Kalin, MD, and Paul Lambert, PhD, co-chairs of the Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Search Committee
c/o Benjamin Schultz-Burkel, DMA
4299C HSLC, 750 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI, 53705-2111


To apply, please visit the UW-Madison jobs website, using the "apply now" button below. Applicants will be asked to upload a CV and personal statement/cover letter.


To receive full consideration, please apply by Oct. 27, 2021.

Diversity, equity and inclusion

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profound commitment to diversity both as an end in itself but also as a valuable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.

Applications from Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals, women, and LGBTQ+ and non-binary identities are strongly encouraged.


Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. The University of Wisconsin is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

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