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Chairing an academic pathology department: challenges and opportunities
  1. Zu-hua Gao
  1. Department of Pathology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Zu-hua Gao, Department of Pathology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec H4A 3J1, Canada; zu-hua.gao{at}


Understanding the heterogeneity of departmental structure, service model and job descriptions for different pathology chairs, this review highlights some common challenges and opportunities facing most pathology chairs in academic institutions. The review is divided into three sections: clinical service, academic development and administration. The views and insights from this review may provide guidance to new chairs and emerging leaders in pathology and other relevant specialties.

  • laboratory management
  • digital pathology
  • general
  • quality assurance

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  • Handling editor Tahir S Pillay.

  • Funding The author has not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.