Melissa P. Upton, MD, FASCP
Associate Director Anatomic Pathology
Director, Rodger C. Haggitt Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Pathology Service
University of Washington Medical Center
Melissa P. Upton MD, FASCP, majored in history at the University of Rochester, received her doctor of medicine degree and completed an anatomic pathology residency as Chief Resident at Northwestern University Medical School. She completed a pediatric pathology fellowship at the Children's Hospital in Boston. Afterward, Dr. Upton spent two years in Tokyo as the Nakasone Research fellow in pathology at the National Cancer Research Center, studying immunohistochemistry and molecular pathology.
Dr. Upton is board certified in Anatomic Pathology and Cytology and directed an autopsy service and forensic pathology fellowship program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. She has also practiced cytopathology and general surgical pathology, and has focused on genitourinary pathology, head and neck pathology, and gastroenterology (GI) and liver pathology. From 1982-85 and 1987-2002, Dr. Upton lived in Boston and taught at Tufts, Boston, and Harvard Universities. Since 2002, she has been at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she directs the GI and Hepatic Pathology Service and the Pathology Residency Program; she directed the UW GI and Hepatic Pathology Fellowship from 2003-2011.
From 2002 through June 2010, Dr. Upton was Associate Director of the Anatomic Pathology Division at the University of Washington Medical Center. Her publications encompass a broad range of anatomic pathology, and, more recently, she has focused in GI and liver pathology, and in oral squamous carcinoma. She is a member of the Permanent Scientific Committee of OESO (World Organization for Specialized Studies of Diseases of the Esophagus).
Dr. Upton is Continuing Medical Education (CME) Editor for the American Journal of Clinical Pathology, developing CME/Self-Assessment Modules. She has served on the ASCP Publications Committee, the Maintenance of Certification Committees, and the Pathology Recertification Individualized Self-Assessment Committee, creating materials to aid pathologists in maintaining certification and updated knowledge. Currently she chairs the ASCP Commission for Continuing Professional Development., which oversees the entire ASCP portfolio of educational programs and materials.
"I see the ASCP as the premier organization where laboratory professionals, including pathologists, work in teams to develop better patient care, training, and communication, based on respectful collaboration, creative thinking, and joy in our work," she said. "I am passionate about education and teamwork to innovate and support inquiry, and to apply new advances to improve public health through laboratory diagnostics."
Dr. Upton and husband, Cris Cyders, RN, have a 29-year-old son and a 25-year-old daughter. Dr. Upton also enjoys meditation, Pilates, hiking, gardening, reading, and music.