Our Mission

The mission of the Duke Health System is to provide exceptional and innovative care to patients, families, and the community through the finest integration of clinical care, education, and research while respecting the needs of the human spirit.

The academic mission of the Department of Pathology is an extension of this goal and aims to:

  • Provide the most advanced and comprehensive pathology and pathobiology education; to prepare our students and trainees for lifetimes of learning and for careers as leaders, practitioners, and researchers.
  • Perform biomedical research to further our understanding of normal and abnormal life processes which lead to prevention and cure of disease and enhanced health.
  • Practice pathology with compassion and in a manner that translates the results of our training, research and the unique clinical and technological resources of the Medical Center into the highest quality of care to the public.

In our endeavors to improve human health and well-being through education, research, and patient care, we have the opportunity, and the responsibility, to make a positive and lasting impact on society.