Message from the Chair

Rita KandelWelcome to Canada's largest academic Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology. We are a network of learners and faculty that are located at one of five fully-affiliated hospitals, seven research institutes, the University campus, Ontario Forensic Pathology Service, Canadian Blood Services, Public Health Ontario, and 11 community-affiliated hospitals and healthcare facilities. We have approximately 236 clinical faculty, 117 scientists and tenured faculty, 22 adjunct faculty, and 8 staff. Our faculty is focused on doing research that includes basic science, investigating disease pathogenesis, developing novel diagnostics, genetics, artificial intelligence, and developing continuous quality improvement programs with the goal of impacting health. Our diversity is further reflected by our clinical expertise of pathology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, forensics, and transfusion medicine, which provides readily accessible opportunities for collaboration. We encourage cross-appointments from other Departments to enhance these collaborations.

Teaching the next generation of scientists, clinicians, and leaders is a priority for LMP faculty. LMP offers an Undergraduate Arts and Science Specialist Program in Pathobiology, which includes a capstone research course, teaches medical students, and oversees five residency programs (Anatomical Pathology, Neuropathology, Hematological Pathology, Medical Microbiology and Forensic Pathology).  We have a large clinical fellowship program and offer Focused Competency Programs in Cytopathology and Transfusion Medicine. LMP also has Post Graduate degree programs in Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Microbiology. As well, we have a large graduate program of over 200 students and 20 graduate courses, with new courses being developed. Graduate students have access to eight multi-departmental Collaborative Programs. Our undergraduates can participate in a summer research program either at the campus, hospitals or Research Institutes. LMP faculty also delivers CME and CE courses locally and at national and international meetings.

LMP is committed to equity, diversity and professionalism. If you have chosen LMP as your home, you have made a wise choice. In this website you will find helpful information on faculty and staff, students’ organizations, degree and residency programs, fellowships, courses, Departmental criteria for continuing appointment and promotion, and current events. Please browse through it as it is constantly being updated.

Rita Kandel MD, FRCPC

Professor and Chair