Valerie Fitzhugh, MD Is the New Joint Chair of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine at NJMS and RWJMS
Valerie Fitzhugh, MD has been named the joint chair of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine at both Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS). Dr. Fitzhugh was named after a nationwide search.
Dr. Fitzhugh is an internationally recognized and award-winning leader in her field:
- Honored as one of the Top Five of the American Society of Clinical Pathology's Forty under 40 in 2017
- Pathologist's Magazine's Power List of top pathologists in the world four times
- Two-time winner of the Golden Apple Teaching Award
- Named NJMS chapter of the Student National Medical Association as their Visionary Award Winner in 2019
- Received Excellence in Teaching Award by the New Jersey Healthcare Foundation in 2021
- Recognized with the Outstanding Communicator Award by the College of American Pathologists in 2021
- Member of the Undergraduate Medical Educators Section Council (a subcommittee of the Association of Pathology Chairs)
- At-Large Officer elected Vice President of the Society of Black Pathologists
- Elected President of the New Jersey Society of Pathologists
- Serves as an elected member of the Executive Committee of the International Skeletal Society
"I am delighted that Dr. Fitzhugh has accepted this position and I look forward to working with her to further develop the Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine at New Jersey Medical School, as well as the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School," said Dr. Robert L. Johnson, MD, FAAP, Dean, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and Interim Dean, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Dr. Fitzhugh completed her undergraduate education in 2000 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick with a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences. She is a 2004 graduate of New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Fitzhugh then went on to complete a residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at New Jersey Medical School, and a fellowship in Cytopathology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. In 2009, Dr. Fitzhugh became a member of the faculty at New Jersey Medical School. In 2018, Dr. Fitzhugh became a member of the faculty of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Fitzhugh is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, and Cytopathology. Dr. Fitzhugh is a Co-PI on an NIH R25 grant with Co-PIs Dr. Rameshwar and Dr. Fraidenraich for which they recruit URiM and economically disadvantaged students to work with various researchers across RBHS to learn about the process of becoming a clinician scientist. She is also a Co-I on a new R01 involving breast cancer. Dr. Fitzhugh has authored nearly 50 manuscripts, several book chapters, and a textbook on bone and joint pathology.