Rodney Alan Schmidt M.D., Ph.D.

Rodney Alan Schmidt M.D., Ph.D.
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  • Cancer Care (Lung)
  • Pathology


Dr. Rodney Schmidt is a pathologist and professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Washington and has a special focus and expertise in lung cancer and a long-standing interest in the use of immunohistochemistry for diagnosis and ascertainment of predictive and prognostic factors. Dr. Schmidt leads the Lung/ENT Surgical Pathology Specialty Service, is the primary pathologist for the UWMC Thoracic Multidisciplinary Tumor Board and serves as the division director for medical informatics in the Department of Pathology. He, also, actively participates in the Bone and Soft Tissue Specialty Service.

Patient Care Philosophy

Surgical pathology involves making the right diagnosis for the right patient at the right time. My career has revolved around learning how to make the right diagnosis, building systems to ensure the diagnosis is for the right patient and delivering results in a timely manner.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Schmidt specializes in lung cancer, interstitial lung disease and medical informatics.

Research Interests

I have three major research interests: how to use computers to improve the quality and efficiency of pathology practice, identifying meaningful factors that identify appropriate treatments for cancers, particularly for lung cancers and improving our understanding of interstitial lung diseases.


Institution Credential Year
Univ. of Washington, School of Medicine Medical education 1984
UW - Dept. of Pathology Residency
Degree Institution Year
MD Univ. of Washington, School of Medicine 1984

Board Certifications

Certification Specialty Year
American Board of Pathology Anatomic Pathology 1987