Among the new and unexpected in our department this year are all the dragons. As children, we each learn about dragons. For some of us, dragons were violent flying dinosaurs who terrorized medieval villages until dispatched by fire-retardant knights. But for so many more, dragons mean something entirely different- the symbol of a worthy life, and the power and good fortune that sometimes accompanies it.
In this website, you will learn about the remarkable people and their activities in our Department. As an investigative discipline, pathology researchers identify the origins of disease and contribute to strategies for its treatment. As a medical discipline, pathologists engage in patient care as consultants and innovators for biochemical, molecular, and cell biology tests that guide diagnostic and treatment choices. Through these roles, the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UCLA assists doctors and patients in making optimal decisions based on the latest diagnostic studies, using state-of-the-art instrumentation. Each month, approximately 50,000 clinical tests, and 1,500 biopsy and cytology cases, are analyzed to guide the care of patients in UCLA Health System, and through our referral network regionally and nationally.
I invite you to learn about us, and join in our clinical care, research, and educational offerings. Read about the work people of our department, wrestling to harness powerful technologies on behalf of our patients and community.
Jonathan Braun, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine