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Michael Laposata, M.D., Ph.D.

Michael Laposata, M.D., Ph.D.Pathologist-in-Chief, Vanderbilt University Hospital
Executive Vice Chairman, Dept. of Pathology
Director of Clinical Laboratories

Dr. Laposata’s clinical expertise is in blood coagulation, with a special expertise in the diagnosis of hypercoagulable states. He developed a way to systematically interpret the clinical laboratory data for coagulation in an effort to help clinicians synthesize and understand the results from complex diagnostic testing; his efforts formed the foundation of the Diagnostic Management Team. Dr. Laposata has authored 160 peer-reviewed publications with a focus on fatty acids and their metabolites. Currently, his research explores fatty acid alterations in cystic fibrosis. 

Dr. Laposata received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship and residency in Laboratory Medicine (Clinical Pathology) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Before joining Vanderbilt, he was the Director of Clinical Laboratories at the Massachusetts General Hospital and served as a tenured full Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Laposata has received 14 major teaching prizes at Harvard, the Massachusetts General Hospital,and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His recognitions include the 1989 Lindback award, a teaching prize with competition across the entire University of Pennsylvania system; the 1998 A. Clifford Barger mentorship award from Harvard Medical School; election to the Harvard Academy of Scholars in 2002 and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Academy for Excellence in Teaching in 2009; and the highest award - by vote of the graduating class - for teaching in years 1 and 2 at Harvard Medical School in 1999, 2000 and 2005. 

In 2005, Dr. Laposata was recognized by the Institute of Quality in Laboratory Medicine of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for his implementation of patient specific, expert driven interpretations of complex laboratory evaluations at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“I knew a need existed to help physicians select the correct tests and interpret the test results correctly - the more quickly we determine the right diagnosis, the faster patients receive care.”

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