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Wendy A. Wells, MD

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Dartmouth comprises nationally and internationally recognized Faculty and staff, who provide: (1) comprehensive, sub-specialty surgical pathology and laboratory medicine services to the academic medical center in Lebanon and regionally; (2) externally-funded basic science research in the fields of endothelial cell biology, AKT1 kinetics during T cell development, and cGMP-compliant manufacturing of cryopreserved blood products to support combat hemorrhage management; and (3) translational research programs of national distinction including the Laboratory for Clinical Genomics and Advanced Technologies (CGAT), the Cellular Therapy Center (CTC), and the Transfusion Medicine Research Laboratory (TMRL).

In the last 5 years, the Department has focused on infrastructure improvements. LEAN process improvement tools have been implemented lab-wide to optimize efficiency by eliminating waste, reducing cost per test and improving test result turnaround-time.  The physical space has been renovated to reflect the improved workflow and to optimize equipment layout. The Department is also leading the initiative institutionally to optimize test and blood product utilization by clinicians, coupled with an emphasis on new test development at the medical center.  Given the drive towards Precision Medicine, the Department has focused on expanding its expertise in Clinical Genomics, Molecular Pathology and Cytogenetics.  Additional space in the recently opened Williamson Translational Research Building has been dedicated to the Laboratory of Clinical Genomics and Advanced Technologies where developmental and translational molecular diagnostic work is performed in the same CLIA-approved environment as validated clinical testing.  This space will also house the expansion of our clinical bio-informatics capabilities; a CAP-accredited bio-repository initiative serving the entire institution; and the Pathology Shared Resource (PSR) that provides an array of translational laboratory services to collaborators at the NCI-designated Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC), Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine, and biomedical engineers at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.

All Faculty participate in the teaching and mentoring of our Pathology Residents and Fellows (in Hematopathology, Cytopathology, Transfusion Medicine and Dermatopathology fellowships).  All Faculty also teach medical students from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth throughout their four years. We provide a post-sophomore or post-junior fellowship year for up to two medical students every year in the Department and global health initiatives in the Department have taken Faculty to Honduras, Kosovo, Uganda and Peru. Opportunities to complete Master's degrees in Public Health, Outcomes research and Health care Delivery science are also available to the Faculty.

Wendy A. Wells, MD

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