Broaddus named Chair of Department of Pathology

Russell Broaddus, MD, PhD, has been named Chair of the UNC School of Medicine’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, effective September 16, 2019.

Broaddus named Chair of Department of Pathology click to enlarge Russell Broaddus, MD, PhD

Broaddus comes to UNC from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where he currently serves as a Professor of Pathology, member of the Graduate Faculty, and Director of the Division of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Cancer Biomarker Pathology Fellowship Program.

The current Chair of UNC’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, J. Charles Jennette, MD, has served in this capacity since 1999, and is set to step down on June 30, 2019. 

Broaddus completed his undergraduate education at the University of Texas at El Paso and received his MD and PhD from the University of Texas-Houston Medical School and University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

In 2018, Broaddus received one of the nation’s most competitive teaching recognition awards in higher education, the University of Texas System Board of Regents Outstanding Teaching Award.

“The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UNC School of Medicine is large and complex, encompassing basic science research, graduate student and medical student education, clinical resident and fellowship education, and laboratory-based clinical services.  From my leadership background summarized below, I have experience in all these areas.  I am really looking forward to working with this talented group.”

Some of Broaddus’ leadership appointments include having served as Division Director of Clinical Operations and Medical Director of Solid Tumor Molecular Diagnostics; Co-Director of the MD/PhD Program jointly administered by UT-Houston Medical School and UT MD Anderson Cancer Center; Chair of MDACC Graduate Medical Education Institutional Review Subcommittee; Co-Principal Investigator for the NIH-funded Endometrial Cancer Sponsored Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) at MD Anderson ; member of College of American Pathologists Center Committee; and Chair of College of American Pathologists Mismatch Repair and Microsatellite Instability Expert Panel.

“We look forward to welcoming Dr. Broaddus to our team and supporting his leadership in advancing the department’s exceptional, comprehensive pathology and laboratory medicine clinical services, teaching and research activities,” said Cristy Page, MD, MPH, Executive Dean of the UNC School of Medicine. “Along with celebrating Dr. Broaddus’ arrival, we must also celebrate and extend our deepest appreciation to Dr. Jennette for his many years of service and academic contributions to the department and to the School of Medicine.”