• "This space is being planned for ten years' worth of anticipated growth"
    Charles Parkos, Chair, Department of Pathology

Pathology by the numbers


  • Pathology labs perform 5.7 million billable procedures that generate over 11 million discrete results each year
  • Anatomic Pathology generates over 90,000 surgical specimens per year
  • Phlebotomy performs over 250,000 blood draws per year
  • The Pathology Department at the University of Michigan is the #1 ranked residency program among large public universities in the U.S.
  • University of Michigan Pathology ranks 8th in the nation for NIH funding for Pathology Departments
  • Pathology has over 800 staff and 150 faculty

The co-location of a large portion of the University of Michigan Health System’s clinical pathology teams and educational programs at NCRC is now well underway. “This space is being planned for ten years’ worth of anticipated growth,” Department of Pathology Chair Charles Parkos said. “We’re using full Lean-based approaches to make this a collaborative community for our departments, which is a newer concept. Right now we are separated into ten different sites. This will bring at least five of those together.”

Pathology has seen steady annual growth rates of 7-8%, exceeding the capacity of currently allocated space. Insufficient space for clinical operations has been consistently cited by the College of American Pathology in laboratory inspections.  Moving into laboratories at NCRC that incorporate Lean design principles will not only align capacity with demand, but will provide an environment that fosters higher levels of collaboration among staff, trainees and faculty.

The move positions Pathology to better support strategic UMHS services, such as transplantation and oncology.  This venture will greatly facilitate the achievement of Pathology’s clinical goals, providing a high level of support to UMHS patients and providers. Co-location with the UMMS Biorepository will also facilitate activities central to the goal of positioning UMHS as a leader precision medicine.

According to David Canter, Director of the North Campus Research Complex, Pathology’s move will add hundreds more people to NCRC, bringing its total number of workers to around 3,200 within the next four to five years. “One of the original purposes of the NCRC was to really develop translational sciences and shift from basic science to applications in clinical practice,’ said Canter. “By putting pathology alongside other researchers, we hope it will be a fruitful collaboration of ideas.”

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