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Valerie A. Fitzhugh


Valerie is Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She says the most unexpected moment of her career was becoming joint chair at two medical schools – “one being the school I went to!” Along her career journey, Valerie’s inspiration has been Vivian Pinn, the first black woman to chair an academic pathology department (at Howard University). Her advice to the incoming generation? “Don’t be afraid to say, ‘I don’t know.’ Colleagues respect each other when they know their limits.”


Part of the Power List 2022

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Welcome to our annual celebration of the great and inspirational minds that underpin the medical laboratory.

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Welcome to our annual celebration of the great and inspirational minds that underpin the medical laboratory. For 2021, we present some of the most inspirational pathologists and laboratory medicine professionals in six different categories...

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Trailblazers of the Lab

We honor 100 of the leading innovators in pathology and laboratory medicine by celebrating their success at the cutting edge of the field.

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100 of the Best & Brightest

100 of the best, brightest, and most powerful advocates of pathology.
Celebrating 100 inspirational and influential professionals in laboratory medicine.

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The “rising stars” of pathology.

All too often, when considering the movers and shakers in any given field, those who are on their way up are overlooked.
This year, we shift the Power List spotlight to focus on the next generation of laboratory medicine – the “rising stars” of pathology.
You nominated. An esteemed panel of judges deliberated. And here it is...

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