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Faculty of Pathology

The Faculty of Pathology is Ireland's national professional and training body for pathology


About the Faculty

The Faculty of Pathology at the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland is the national professional and training body for pathology in Ireland, working to ensure the highest standards in laboratory medicine.

Faculty of Pathology Dean, Past Dean and Editor of Faculty book

Who We Are

The Faculty of Pathology is accredited by the Medical Council of Ireland; we are proud to meet the strict standards required to deliver postgraduate specialist training in six pathology specialties.

Established in 1981, we are one of six postgraduate specialist training bodies based in RCPI. We have over 300 Fellows, all of whom are experienced consultant pathologists and leading experts in their field.

The Faculty of Pathology is a member of the International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting (ICCR)

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What We Do

Pathology is the study of the nature and causes of diseases. It underpins every aspect of medicine, from diagnostic testing and monitoring of chronic diseases to cutting-edge genetic research and blood transfusion technologies. Pathology is integral to the diagnosis of every cancer.

Pathologists are specialist medical practitioners who study the cause of disease and the ways in which diseases affect our bodies by examining changes in the tissues and in blood and other body fluids. Some of these changes show the potential to develop a disease, while others show its presence, cause or severity, monitor its progress and the effects of treatment.

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Our Specialties

In Ireland, pathology has six major areas of activity:

  • Chemical Pathology
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Haematology
  • Histopathology
  • Immunology
  • Neuropathology
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Contact Us

Professor Mary Keogan is the current Dean of the Faculty of Pathology. She is responsible for overseeing all matters of the Faculty with the support of the Faculty Board and Committees. She represents the Faculty on the RCPI Executive Board and on other national and international bodies.

For help and assistance, please contact the RCPI Helpdesk. Open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.
Tel: 01 8639721