Rawhi Omar, M.D., Ph.D.


Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 800 Zorn Avenue 502-287-6131 Email Dr. Omar

Dr. Omar is currently the Chief of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service at the US Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Louisville, Kentucky (since 1993) and  a tenured  Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine (since 1997). He is the current College of American Pathologists’ KY State Commissioner for Lab Accreditation and had served for several years as a member of the CAP-Accreditation Education Committee. He has been recognized by CAP as a distinguished lab accreditation inspector as he had conducted (and continues to conduct) numerous local (USA) and International (around the World) lab inspections and to lecture on Lab Quality Management topics on behalf of the CAP.

Dr. Omar obtained his MD degree in 1977 from the Med Academy of Sofia, Bulgaria. He combined his residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology with graduate education in Experimental Pathology at SUNY-Downstate Med Center, NY, between 1978-1983 that culminated with a PhD degree in Experimental Pathology and Board certification in Pathology (AP/CP).

After graduation, Dr. Omar held the positions of  Instructor, then Assistant Professor at NY Medical College in Valhalla, NY, from  1983-1990; Associate Professor at West Virginia University Medical School in Morgantown, from 1990-93; and Associate Professor, then Professor at the University of Louisville from 1993 to present.

Throughout his career, Dr. Omar has been teaching medical students and pathology residents, practicing diagnostic Anatomic and Molecular Pathology and conducting biomedical research in the area of cellular stress as it applies to human cytodegenerative (e.g., neurodegenerative) disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. He has numerous publications in this field.