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. Her clinical practice includes adult autopsy and autopsy neuropathology with an emphasis in forensic and neurodegenerative neuropathology. Her research interests include neurodegeneration, neuropathology of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), neuropathology of pediatric non-accidental trauma, and rapid autopsy.

As a clinician-educator, trainee teaching is a major emphasis. Dr. Marshall is medical director of Autopsy and After Death Services (AADS), and, along with the AADS team, she is involved in the spectrum of care for decedent’s and their families/loved ones as well as hospital quality improvement/assurance activities.

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.

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.


Institution Credential Year
UW - Dept. of Pathology Residency 2013
UW - Dept. of Neuropathology Fellowship 2015
King County Medical Examiner Fellowship 2016
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 Forensic Pathology 2016
American Board of Pathology Neuropathology 2015