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

Stephen C. Schmechel M.D., Ph.D.
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Dr. Schmechel is chief of pathology at Harborview Medical Center, director of cytopathology and staff surgical pathologist at UW Medicine. He is a UW associate professor of pathology. His clinical areas of interest include cytopathology and genitourinary pathology.

He also conducts research to try to improve the diagnostic and prognostic value of magnetic resonance imaging in assessing prostate cancer preoperatively. This work involves the identification and use of biomarkers of aggressive prostate cancer behavior. He 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.

Dr. Schmechel earned his bachelor's degree from Carroll College in Montana and his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He first came to UW as a resident in laboratory medicine and pathology. He was on faculty at the University of Minnesota for 6 years prior to returning to UW in 2012.

He is board certified in clinical pathology, anatomic pathology, cytopathology and molecular diagnostics.

Patient Care Philosophy

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

Clinical Interests

Cytopathology and genitourinary pathology.

Research Interests

Prostate cancer and imaging.


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