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Clinical Pathology


Medical Microbiology

Small bowel with Giardiasis

Medical Microbiology is a branch of medicine concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infections and communicable diseases. Our pathologists are involved in the following activities:

  1. Offer consultations to clinicians regarding appropriate testing for infectious disease
  2. Offer consultations to clinicians regarding interpretation of infectious disease testing
  3. Offer consultation to the hospital infection control program
  4. Manage and direct the diagnostic microbiology laboratory.

In addition to these primary activities, our pathologists are also involved in teaching medical students, residents, and allied health professionals.


Pathology Associates of Central Illinois Chairpersons:

Mark Clarke, M.D.
Laboratory Director
Decatur Memorial Hospital   

John Z. Gao, MD, PhD,   
Laboratory Director
Memorial Medical Center     

Yan Chen, M.D.
Laboratory Director
Passavant Area Hospital 

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