Desiree A. Marshall M.D., F.C.A.P.

Desiree A. Marshall M.D., F.C.A.P.
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Dr. Marshall is an Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology where she serves as an attending physician on the UW Medicine Autopsy and Neuropathology Services.

 Dr. Marshall is a clinician-educator whose practice includes adult autopsy, autopsy neuropathology and neurosurgical neuropathology, including neuro-oncology, neuromuscular pathology, and ocular pathology. Areas of particular clinical interest include forensic and neurodegenerative neuropathology.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University and her M.D. from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, both in Lubbock, TX. She completed combined anatomic pathology residency and neuropathology fellowship at the University of Washington followed by forensic pathology fellowship at King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Dr. Marshall holds triple diplomate status by the American Board of Pathology with certifications in anatomic pathology, neuropathology, and forensic pathology. She is Co-Director of the newly established Pacific Northwest Brain Donor Network studying the neuropathology of military-related Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Patient Care Philosophy

As an autopsy pathologist, I am the last physician to care for the patient. Performance of a complete autopsy examination requires integration of the entire clinical picture with multidisciplinary communication and has the potential to provide far-reaching benefits. One of the biggest responsibilities and greatest honors, is the task of communicating what we learn with the decedent’s next of kin. I continue to learn from each and every one of these interactions.

Clinical Interests

Autopsy pathology and neuropathology; forensic neuropathology; neurosurgical neuropathology including ocular pathology

Research Interests

Neurodegeneration; Traumatic Brain Injury and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy; Military-related TBI; Pacific Northwest Brain Donor Network; Neuropathology of pediatric non-accidental trauma


Institution Credential Year
UW - Dept. of Pathology Residency
UW - Dept. of Neuropathology Fellowship
King County Medical Examiner Fellowship
Texas Tech University Office of the Registrar Medical Education 2010

Board Certifications

Certification Specialty Year
American Board of Pathology Anatomic Pathology 2015
American Board of Pathology Neuropathology 2015