Stephen C. Schmechel M.D., Ph.D.

Stephen C. Schmechel M.D., Ph.D.
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Stephen Schmechel, M.D., Ph.D., is a board certified pathologist and chief of Pathology at Harborview Medical Center, and director of Cytopathology and staff surgical pathologist at UW Medicine. He is also a UW associate professor of Pathology.

As a pathologist at a strong research institution, what most excites Dr. Schmechel is providing excellent diagnostic service and also interfacing with many research programs that utilize pathology services.

Dr. Schmechel earned his M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. His clinical areas of interest include cytopathology and genitourinary pathology. He conducts research to try to improve the diagnostic and prognostic value of magnetic resonance imaging in assessing prostate cancer preoperatively. Dr. Schmechel also runs a research core facility called Northwest BioTrust, which provides patient consenting, and tissue and fluid specimen collection, for numerous research programs across UW and other research institutions.


Institution Credential Year
Univ. of Minnesota Medical School Medical education 1997
University of Minnesota Graduate School Ph.D 1998
UW - Dept. of Pathology Residency 2001
UW - Dept. of Pathology Fellowship 2003
UW - Dept. of Pathology Residency 2005
UW - Dept. of Pathology Fellowship 2006
University of Minnesota Medical School Teaching Appointment
Degree Institution Year
MD Univ. of Minnesota Medical School 1997

Board Certifications

Certification Specialty Year
American Board of Pathology Anatomic Pathology 2006
American Board of Pathology Clinical Pathology 2004
American Board of Pathology Cytopathology 2006