John A. Burns School of Medicine
651 Ilalo Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tel: (808) 692-1130


K. S. Thompson, MD (Chair)—pediatric pathology, anatomic pathology, genetics
D. Horio, MD (Vice Chair)—anatomic and clinical pathology, immunopathology
K. Vierkoetter, MD (Residency Program Director)—OBGYN pathology, breast pathology
B. J. Kaya, MD— neuropathology, anatomic pathology
W. Kim, MD—clinical pathology
C. Lum, MD— dermatopathology, molecular pathology
A. Powers, MD—transfusion medicine, clinical pathology
D. Shimizu, MD (Associate Program Director)—GYN pathology, anatomic pathology
J. H. Uyehara-Lock, MD—neuropathology, anatomic pathology

Degree Offered: MD

The Academic Program

Pathology (PATH) is the study of aberrations or deviations of organs or systems that result in disease. Instruction in pathology is open to undergraduate, graduate, medical students, and residents. All medical students may elect to take PATH 515 as a part of the problem-based learning curriculum. The required PATH 541 provides essential autopsy experience of all second, third, and fourth-year medical students. Third and fourth-year students may choose electives PATH 545 and 599 that consist of instruction in laboratory medicine relevant to practicing physicians of all specialties, and include topics in clinical pathology, anatomic pathology, clinical immunology, molecular diagnostics, and directed research projects.

The department directs an integrated residency program in pathology. Residents are based at the Queen’s Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, Blood Bank of Hawai‘i, and the Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office. Clinical faculty come from all the community hospitals and provide gross and microscopic specimens for evaluation, clinic-pathologic correlations, seminars, and lectures.