Robert E. Mrak, MD, PhD

Clinical Professor

Robert E. Mrak, MD, PhD

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Office Location:

HMC - Room 14NJ-1455

Mailing Address:

908 Jefferson St, Seattle, WA 98104


Clinical and Research Background

Robert Mrak, M.D., Ph.D., is a board-certified pathologist at UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center.

Dr. Mrak has broad clinical experience in neuropathology, over more than 40 years of practice. This includes postmortem brain pathology, surgical pathology of brain tumors and other lesions, and interpretation of nerve and muscle biopsies. His area of special expertise is the neuropathology of neurodegenerative diseases and the role of glial inflammatory processes in these diseases. He is the Founding Editor of the Journal of Neuroinflammation, and served as Editor-in-Chief for the first 15 years of this journal. He has retired from full-time clinical practice, but continues to participate in gross and microscopic postmortem neuropathological evaluations, and also serves as a consultant in other areas of the UW Neuropathology Division.

Dr. Mrak earned his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of California at Davis, and received residency and fellowship training at Vanderbilt University. He is board-certified in both Neuropathology and Anatomic Pathology. He is a senior member of several national professional organizations including the Society for Neuroscience, the American Association of Neuropathologists, and the Association of Pathology Chairs.

Board Certifications

Neuropathology, 1986, American Board of Pathology

Anatomic Pathology, 1979, American Board of Pathology

Research Interests

Neuroinflammation; especially the role of glia and glial cytokines in Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Academic and Medical Appointments

Academic Appointments

Clinical Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Washington, Seattle. WA, 2020-Present

Professor and Chairman of Pathology, University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, Toledo, OH, 2007-2019

Professor of Pathology, and of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR 1993-2007

Associate Professor of Pathology, and of Anatomy, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, 1987-1993

Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR 1984-1987

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 1980-1984

Instructor, University of California at Davis, Davis, CA 1974-1975

Medical Appointments

Active Medical Staff with Core Pathology Privileges, University of Washington Montlake Campus, Seattle, WA, 2020-Present

Associate Medical Staff with Core Pathology Privileges, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA, 2020-Present

Associate Medical Staff with Core Pathology Privileges, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle, WA, 2020-Present

Active Medical Staff with Core Pathology Privileges, University of Washington Northwest Campus, Seattle, WA, 2020-Present

Chief of Service, Pathology, University of Toledo Medical Center, Toledo, OH 2007-2019

Consultant in Neuropathology, Lucas County Coroner’s Office, Toledo, OH, 2007-2019

Courtesy appointment in Pathology, The Toledo Hospital, Toledo, OH 2012-2019

Chief of Neuropathology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, 1999-2007

Chief of Autopsy, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, 2003-2007

Consultant in Neuropathology, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock, AR, 1984-2007

Consultant in Neuropathology, Arkansas State Crime Laboratory, Little Rock, AR, 1992-2007

Staff Pathologist, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center, Little Rock, AR 1984-2007

Staff Pathologist, John. McClellan Veterans’ Hospital, Little Rock, AR, 1984-2001

Director of Electron Microscopy, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center, and John L. McClellan Veterans’ Hospital, Little Rock, AR 1984-1998

Acting Director of Neuropathology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, 1983-1984

Staff Pathologist, Nashville Veterans’ Hospital, Nashville, TN, 1980-1983

Education and Training

Fellow of the American Cancer Society, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, 1983-1984

Fellow in Pathology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, 1980-1983

Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Biology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 1978-1980

Resident in Anatomic Pathology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, 1976-1978

MD/PhD Program, University of California at Davis, Davis, CA, 1970-1976

BS Mathematics, University of California at Davis, Davis, CA, 1967-1970

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