Paul E. Swanson M.D.

Paul E. Swanson M.D.
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Dr. Swanson is a UW Professor of Pathology and Lead Pathologist for Gastrointestinal, Hepatic and Pancreatic Pathology for UW Medicine Pathology. He is a facile practitioner of immunohistochemistry for both diagnostic and investigative applications

Dr. Swanson has been in academic practice for 26 years. He currently is Medical Director of the Gastrointestinal Pathology Histology Laboratory and serves in various roles in support of the clinical, teaching and academic missions of UW Medicine Pathology programs

He earned his AB degree in Biology from Dartmouth College in 1979 and his MD from Oregon Health Sciences University in 1984. His residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic included a fellowship experience in academic Surgical Pathology.

Following his training, Dr. Swanson joined the academic faculty at the University of Minnesota as an Instructor in Laboratory Medicine and Pathology in 1989. In 1990, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Pathology at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis MO and subsequently promoted to the position of Associate Professor of Pathology and Immunology in 1995. In 2001, he joined the faculty at the University of Washington for the first time, as Professor of Pathology, during which time he served as Director of anatomic Pathology at the University of Washington Medical Center. He accepted an appointment as Clinical Professor of Pathology at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary in 2014. He returned to UW Medicine in 2016.

 He is a diplomate of the American Board of Pathology (Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology) and has completed a course in Medical Leadership at the Cumming School of Medicine, Calgary AB

Patient Care Philosophy

The participation of Pathology in a multidisciplinary setting requires attention not only to an increasingly complex diagnostic laboratory environment, but a clear understanding of the management implications of diagnosis and the role that nuance in histopathologic interpretation plays in the evolving era of 'precision medicine'.

Clinical Interests

Gastrointestinal, hepatic and pancreatic diseases; neoplasms of bone and soft tissue

Research Interests

Clinical and translational research in the applications of immunohistochemical techniques to cancer diagnosis and cell death; quality assurance principles in laboratory practice; error mitigation in pathology


Institution Credential Year
Oregon Health & Science University Medical education 1984
Univ. of Minnesota Hospital & Clinic Internship 1985
Univ. of Minnesota Hospital & Clinic Residency 1989
Univ. of Minnesota Hospital & Clinic Fellowship 1988
Degree Institution Year
MD Oregon Health Sciences Univ. 1984

Board Certifications

Certification Specialty Year
American Board of Pathology Anatomic & Clinical Pathology 1989