ARUP Endows Presidential Chair in U Pathology Department

ARUP Endows Presidential Chair in U Pathology Department

Apr 23, 2003 6:00 PM

The incoming chair of the University of Utah School of Medicines Department of Pathology will hold a new endowed chair funded by a $1.25 million gift from ARUP Laboratories.

A check for the Presidential Endowed Chair in Pathology was presented to the medical school on April 21 by Carl R. Kjeldsberg, M.D., president and chief executive officer of ARUP (Associated Regional and University Pathologists Inc.) and departing pathology chair.

"This will provide a tremendous boost for the pathology department and also help in the recruitment of a top-notch department chair," Kjeldsberg said. "Pathology faculty and I have wanted to establish this chair for a long time."

Kjeldsberg, who will continue in his role as leader of ARUP, became pathology chair in 1993, with the commitment of leading the department for 10 years. In that time, the roles of chairing pathology and directing ARUP have grown enough that each merits full-time attention, according to Kjeldsberg.

A search committee is narrowing the field of candidates to succeed Kjeldsberg, who will stay as chair until his replacement is found. He will remain a professor of pathology and resume his involvement in the hematopathology section at the School of Medicine.

U pathology faculty established ARUP in 1984, and since then the lab has become one of the premier analytical facilities in the country. The pathology department manages ARUP.

ARUP employs 1,400 people and provides services in every major area of clinical and anatomic pathology, as well as blood transfusion services for University Hospitals & Clinics, Primary Childrens Medical Center, Shriners Hospital for Children, and the Huntsman Cancer Institute. More than half of the countrys academic medical centers and 3,000 clinical laboratories use ARUPs services. In October 2002, national survey conducted by the Lab Institute of Washington, D.C., ranked ARUP the No. 1 lab in the country for the quality of its services.

ARUP, which is a wholly owned private enterprise of the University of Utah, also gives $5 million to the U medical school and $8 million to the pathology department annually.

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