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Worldwide Directory of Pathologists: Frequently Asked Questions
Last revised 13 September 2023 by AB

I don't remember signing up - how did my profile get in the Directory?
    We are adding profiles for all known pathologists, starting with US academic pathologists. We add only publicly available information from your institution, LinkedIn, ResearchGate, Twitter and similar sites. Click here to submit changes to your listing. Or, email us at to change your profile or inactivate it.

Why should I sign up for the Directory?
  • Promote yourself within the pathology community - add your Directory profile URL to your email signature so others can learn more about you.
  • Search for pathologists whose names you see on reports, in the news, at conferences or meetings.
  • Find pathologists with similar areas of interest.
  • Disseminate advice to the next generation of pathologists through your words of wisdom, secrets of your success and favorite pathology image.
  • The Directory creates a stronger pathology community as we get to know each other better.

Why aren't more pathologists from my institution in the Directory? Why are there pathologists no longer at my institution included?
    We are adding pathologists to the directory when they submit a request to be added and also institution by instititution as time permits. We may not have gotten to your institution yet, or we may not have access to the most current information. If you'd like to help, please consider becoming a Directory Ambassador. Ambassadors help ensure that the Directory includes all practicing pathologists for their institution (unless they opt out), tell us when pathologists come and go and otherwise assist in making the Directory as accurate as possible.

Who is a pathologist for the purposes of our Directory?
  • A pathologist has a doctoral degree (M.D., D.O., M.B.B.S., Ph.D., D.D.S., D.M.D., D.V.M. or comparable), has training in pathology that we can verify (residency, fellowship or comparable) and performs direct patient care at the level of an attending in AP or CP. This includes:
    • Pathology residents or fellows in a training program but not medical students.
    • Those with a doctoral degree and a pathology fellowship doing work based on that fellowship; e.g. internist with a blood bank fellowship working in Transfusion Medicine.
    • Those who used to be pathologists but are now doing something else.
  • We typically do not include PhDs or other physician subspecialists, even if working in the Pathology Department, if they have no pathology related training or are not involved in any patient care related activities.
  • We do not add deceased pathologists but we keep profiles for 5 years after the passing of someone already in the Directory to alert others. We will add a legacy / death notice if available.
  • We will remove a profile if someone drops out of a pathology training program, but this is admittedly difficult for us to track.

How do I sign up?

How do I change information in my Directory profile or correct a mistake made while filling out the form?

How long will it take for my information to be posted?
  • It typically takes 3 - 5 business days for information to be posted.
  • The blue box on the main Directory page indicates the current status of profiles that have been posted.

How accurate are the counts of Pathologists in an institution or country?
  • Our figures may be the most accurate figures that exist, but even so, they are not exact.
  • Pathologists often transition to retirement or to another specialty - there is no clear rule on when to stop counting them, so we use our judgment.

How do I access my profile?
  • Using the search by last name function, find your name (highlighted in blue).
  • Click on your name and you will be directed to your unique webpage with all of the personal information provided.

Why is verification required?
  • We need to verify that you are actually a pathologist before posting your data since this Directory is only for pathologists. However, this verification is for OUR purposes in promoting the Directory and is not intended to be relied on for other purposes.
  • Ensuring that the data on the site is accurate makes the Directory a more valuable resource.

What verification is acceptable?
  • You can provide the URL of a reputable webpage that shows (in English) that you are a pathology resident or fellow or are on staff as a pathologist.
  • You can also provide URLs for LinkedIn, ResearchGate, GoogleScholar, Twitter or other pages that show that you are a pathologist.
  • Upload a certificate of pathology certification, preferably in English.
  • We cannot post your information until you are verified as a pathologist.

If I am already an author, why should I sign up for the Directory?
  • This page is different from the Author page because it connects the entire community of pathologists, not only those affiliated with
  • The Directory also includes more information and provides pathologists with a personal webpage.

What is the consultation question about?
    This question tells visitors if you are interested in receiving consultations about difficult pathology cases. We list this as N (no) unless you tell us otherwise. You can provide more detail about your consultation practice, if desired.

What is a focus group?
  • Some businesses may want to talk to groups of pathologists to discuss issues of concern - typically they offer a payment for this.
  • We want to know if you might be interested in participating. If you answer Yes, we will notify you of any possibilities that are relevant to you, typically based on location and subspecialty. The notification will give more details - you can then respond to the business if you are interested in participating.

Why do I need a headshot?
  • Although not required, with a headshot, pathologists find it easier to relate to you - in person or online.
  • Send us the largest size you have, up to 10MB.
  • It does not need to be a new photo. It could be the same photo as on your institutional website page or on LinkedIn. You can also take a picture with your phone and email it to us.

What can I use for my favorite image?
  • This should be an image that you personally obtained from a glass slide or digital slide. It should not be an image that you saw posted somewhere else. To avoid disputes, please indicate, for our records, what the image is from and when you took it (e.g. glass slide from Harper Hospital, Detroit, Michigan on 20 June 2020).
  • Examples of favorite images can be found here.

How do the search filters work?
  • These search filters can be combined: location, subspecialty, institution, last name (first letter).
  • These search filtered cannot be combined: favorite images by subspecialty, last name text search.

How does the name search work?
  • The name text search looks at both the first and last names in directory profiles.
  • The search performed is a "left hand match", meaning that names beginning with your search criteria will be included (e.g. searching for "chan" will return "Chan", "Chandler", "Chang", etc.).

Can I copy large amounts of the information in this database for my own purposes?
    No. Although much of the information in profiles is public information, this database is protected by copyright law as a compilation, which is defined under the US Copyright Act as a "collection and assembling of preexisting materials or of data that are selected in such a way that the resulting work as a whole constitutes an original work of authorship", click here. Of course, you can use small parts of the database for your business and personal use.

What items can I include on my Directory webpage?
  • Aside from the required information to post your webpage live, other types of information that can be included on your webpage are words of wisdom, secrets of your success, research interests, fun facts, favorite pathology image, links to social media accounts (i.e. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn), ResearchGate profile, GoogleScholar profile, personal and institutional webpages.
  • Here are some examples of Directory profiles that highlight the type of information that you can include:

What are the options for the "current status" question?
    The options are trainee, staff, retired and deceased. We consider those doing a residency or a fellowship to be trainees. After completing residencies and fellowships, pathologists are considered staff, regardless of their specific titles.

Why are you collecting information about gender and year of birth?
    We ask for this information but do not disclose it in the online profiles. We will only use this data in summary reports to help further our understanding of who is involved in the pathology field.

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