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Why I became a surgical pathologist with interest in breast disease
  1. David L Page
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr D L Page
 Department of Pathology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA;{at}


Factors that influenced my decision to become a surgical pathologist are presented below. Early childhood experience shaped my interest in epidemiology and public health. Formal education at Johns Hopkins Medical School cemented my decision to become a surgical pathologist and elective time with pioneers in the field of surgical pathology sealed my career choice. As a mentor, I have tried to teach residents and fellows how to practice pathology, not merely how to make a diagnosis.

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  • Published Online First 26 May 2006

  • Competing interests: None declared.

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