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Indiana University School of Medicine has named an innovative leader as the new chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

IU School of Medicine names new chair to lead Department of Pathology

Michael Feldman, MD, PhD

Michael Feldman, MD, PhD

INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana University School of Medicine has named an innovative leader as the new chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

Michael D. Feldman, MD, PhD, will assume the role of the department chair effective February 1, 2023, and will have oversight and responsibility for the program’s clinical, education and research programs.

A highly respected physician-scientist in the field of pathology, Feldman is current vice chair of clinical services in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. He is currently the director of pathology informatics with the Department of Pathology and is director of the cancer center core tissue bank at the University of Pennsylvania Health Systems.

In his role of vice chair, Feldman was instrumental helping to lead the department in an effort to unite the six-entity pathology department to establish a single unifying department. With extensive experience in strategic planning, health care operations and translational research innovation, Dr. Feldman brings an exciting energy to the role, said Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA.

“Dr. Feldman’s comprehensive clinical, research and administrative experience in one of the nation’s top pathology departments, along with his collaborative leadership style, make him the ideal candidate for this role,” said Hess, dean of IU School of Medicine and Executive Vice President of University Clinical Affairs for IU. “His vision aligns with the School of Medicine’s interdisciplinary and aspirational approach to education, research and patient-centered care. I’m confident he will advance us to further excellence across all of our missions.”

Along with a passion for strategic planning and operations growth, Feldman has also been committed to the mentorship of students, residents and fellow faculty throughout his career. He has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards during his time at the University of Pennsylvania and has been a vocal advocate for the move toward a digital approach to pathology—pushing fellow faculty and trainees to adopt and become skilled at the use of on-demand technologies.

“The Department of Pathology has a rich history of clinical, education, and research excellence, and I am eager to begin building on that legacy with my colleagues at IU School of Medicine and IU Health,” said Feldman. “I look forward to building a program that spans bench-to-bedside research, translates research findings into clinical care, and that expands our clinical care in new and novel ways, allowing us to rethink our educational mission and purpose.”

In 1984, Feldman earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biology at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He earned his MD and PhD from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey—New Jersey Medical School and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in 1992. He completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1996, followed by an NIH training grant fellowship with the Department of Medicine—Hematology Division at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

He joined the faculty at Penn in 1992 as an assistant instructor, becoming an assistant professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in 1998. After being named an associate professor in 2007, he was promoted to full professor in 2016.

Feldman will also hold the Manwaring Professorship in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. He succeeds John N. Eble, MD, who served in the role as chair of the department since 1999.


IU School of Medicine is the largest medical school in the U.S. and is annually ranked among the top medical schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The school offers high-quality medical education, access to leading medical research and rich campus life in nine Indiana cities, including rural and urban locations consistently recognized for livability.