Fall 2013

New Chair

BJ Magnani leads new clinical pathology department

Barbarajean Magnani has been named the first chair of the newly formed Department of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.

Integral to the medical school reorganization of the basic science departments (see “Growing New Synapses”), the trustees of Tufts University approved the creation of this, the medical school’s 20th clinical department, which will provide an academic home for pathologists throughout the medical school’s entire system of affiliated hospitals for purposes of appointments, promotions and scholarly and teaching activities.

Magnani, or “BJ” as she is more popularly known, first came to the medical school from Boston University in 2008 as a professor of pathology. She had served as chief of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at Boston University School of Medicine.

In 2009 she assumed the role of chief of clinical operations and vice chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Tufts, and in 2011 became chair and pathologist-in-chief at Tufts Medical Center.

Magnani, who earned both the M.D. and Ph.D.,  is internationally recognized for her expertise in the field of laboratory medicine, specifically in clinical chemistry, clinical and forensic toxicology and natural toxins. She has presented numerous workshops and seminars in the field and has received two Outstanding Speaker awards from the Association for Clinical Chemistry.

In addition to having written several textbooks in toxicology, she is author of the Lily Robinson mysteries, presenting episodes involving toxicology, which originally appeared in the Journal of Clinical Chemistry. She holds several leadership positions in the College of American Pathologists, which presented her its Outstanding Communicator Award in 2012.

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