Cheryl Coffin, M.D.

Professor Emerita of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology

Cheryl Coffin, M.D. is Professor Emerita of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology. She was the Ernest Goodpasture Professor of Pathology­ Translational Research, Vice Chair for Anatomic Pathology, and Director of Translational Research in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at Vanderbilt (2008-2013). Prior to joining Vanderbilt, she was Professor and Division Head of Pediatric Pathology, Associate Chair of the Department of Pathology, and Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics (1994-2008) and the H.A. and Edna Benning Professor of Pathology (2007-2008) at the University of Utah and Medical Director of Pathology Services and Chair of the Department of Pathology at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City. Dr. Coffin also had faculty appointments at the University of Minnesota (1985-1989), Brown University (1989-1990), and Washington University (1990-1994).

A native of Maine, Dr. Coffin received her A.B. (Magna Cum Laude) from Bowdoin College and her M.D. from the University of Vermont. She completed an internship and residency in anatomic and clinical pathology, and a fellowship in surgical pathology at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Coffin has been active in the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, International Academy of Pathology, College of American Pathologists, Association for Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology, Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists, Society for Pediatric Pathology, International Pediatric Pathology Association, and Children's Oncology Group (Soft Tissue Sarcoma Committee). She was President of the International Paediatric Pathology Association (2010-2012) and is currently President-Elect of the Society for Pediatric Pathology. Dr. Coffin is recognized internationally for her expertise in surgical and soft tissue pathology. Her research has focused on clinical and translational studies of benign and malignant soft tissue tumors in children and young adults. She was lead editor and co-author for Pediatric Soft Tissue Tumors, and Soft Tissue Tumors in Children and Adolescents. In 2002 and 2012, she served on consensus panels for the World Health Organization (WHO) Classification of Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors. She has authored over 250 peer-reviewed publications, reviews, and book chapters.