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Memoir

Paul W. Gikas
Regents' Proceedings 243

Paul W. Gikas, M.D., professor of pathology and assistant dean for admissions in the Medical School, retired from active faculty status on December 31, 1994.

A native of Lansing, Dr. Gikas received both his AB. (1950) and M.D. (1954) degrees from the University of Michigan. After completing a rotating internship at Philadelphia General Hospital in 1955, he undertook a year of residency training at the University of Michigan. He served with the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Virginia from 1956-58, after which he returned to the University of Michigan to complete his residency.

Dr. Gikas joined the University of Michigan faculty as an instructor in the Department of Pathology in 1959. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1963, associate professor in 1966, and professor in 1969. He also served at the Veterans Administration Hospital as chief of the laboratory service (1960-68), part-time staff pathologist (1968-83), and consultant (1983-present). Within the Department of Pathology, he has served as director of the Clinical Electron Microscopy Unit (1977-82); director of the Residency Training Program (1980-82); and director of the Autopsy Service (1983-87). From 1982-88, Dr. Gikas was faculty representative for intercollegiate athletics to the Big Ten Conference and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). During that time, he served on several NCAA and Big Ten committees, which addressed such issues as drug abuse, alcohol awareness, drug testing, and safety standards. Since 1990, Dr. Gikas has also served the Medical School as assistant dean for admissions.

Dr. Gikas is an expert in the areas of renal pathology, urologic pathology, electron microscopy, and autopsy pathology. He has played an important role in the education of pathology residents, is the author of numerous scientific articles and book chapters, and continues to participate actively in professional societies. His many years of dedicated teaching, as well as his highly effective role as a clinician in the Department of Pathology, represent enduring contributions that will have an impact for years to come.

The Regents now salute this faculty member by naming Paul W. Gikas professor emeritus of pathology.