Portrait of Lydia Howell, professor and chair

I am delighted to welcome you to my blog. I started this blog with my first post in April 2016 to improve communication both within the department and to those outside the department. A regular blog like this from the chair provides the perfect opportunity to communicate and share the wonderful things happening within our department, including accomplishments, plans, and progress on initiatives.

I joined the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UC Davis Health 27 years ago as an Assistant Professor, fresh from my fellowship training, new to California, and as a new mother learning to balance the demands of an academic career with the needs of a busy growing family. Over the years, I have served in many roles and enjoyed a wonderful career.

Now, as Chair, I strive to make our department a place where faculty, staff, students and trainees can similarly thrive in all aspects of life, feel enriched by serving others, and find opportunities to be creative and achieve their career dreams.

Lydia Pleotis Howell, M.D.
Chair, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine