Deborah Powell, MD

Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Deborah Powell

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-624-8877

Mailing Address:
MMC 293 Mayo
8293A (Campus Delivery Code)
420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Pathologist; Dean emerita, U of MN Medical School

Tufts University School of Medicine, 1965

Georgetown University Medical Center, Internship, 1965-1966

National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health (Anatomic Pathology), 1966-1969

Division of Biologics Standards, National Institutes of Health, 1969-1970

Harvard University

Radcliffe College, Harvard University, 1960


Dr. Powell is dean emerita of the University of Minnesota Medical School and professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, where she coordinates the medical school pathology curriculum. At the University of Minnesota, Dr. Powell instituted the medical school’s Flexible M.D. program, an individualized model of medical education designed to be more adaptable to students’ career and learning goals. Dr. Powell served as chair of the AAMC Board of Directors from 2009-10 and was the first female chair of the AAMC Council of Deans in 2004. She was the AAMC 2013 Abraham Flexner Distinguished Service to Medical Education Award. She is currently working on a pilot study of a new model for training medical students who want to go into pediatrics in a competency based model that combines UME and GME. It is being tested in four US medical schools including the University of Minnesota currently. Dr. Powell was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2000.

Professional Associations

  • AOA Honor Medical Society (Present)
  • American Association of University Professors (Present)
  • American Board of Pathology (1994–Present)
  • American Medical Association (Present)
  • AMA Advisory Council Medical Education Project (2012–Present)
  • American Society of Investigative Pathology (1993–Present)
  • Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists (Present)
  • Association of American Medical Colleges (1997–Present)
  • Association of Pathology Chairs (APC) (1988–Present)
  • APC Senior Fellow (2011–present)
  • College of American Pathologists (CAP) (1984–Present)
  • CAP Fellow (1984–Present)
  • International So



  • Powell DE and Carraccio C. Becoming a Physician: Toward Competency-Based Medical Education. N Engl J Med 2018, 378:5-7
    Powell, DE and Wallschlaeger, A Making sense of the milestones: Entrustable professional activities for pathology. Human Pathology (2017) 62, 8-12.
  • Powell, DE: Certification of pathologists-the next step. Hum. Pathology, 37:8, 922, August 2006.
  • Powell, DE: On being a pathologist-full circle. Hum. Pathology, 41:6, 773, June 2010.
  • Powell, DE, Carraccio, C, Aschenbrener, CA: Pediatrics Redesign Project: A Pilot Implementing Competency-Based Education Across the Continuum. Acad. Medicine, 86:11, e13, November 2011.
  • Halberg, Franz E.; Powell, Deborah E.; Otsuka, Kuniaki; Watanabe, Yoshihiko; Beaty, Larry A.; Rosch, Paul J.; Czaplicki, Jerzy; Hillman, Dewayne Carol; Schwartzkopff, Othild; Cornélissen, Germaine. Diagnosing vascular variability anomalies, not only MESOR-hypertension. American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology. 305:3, 253:260 August 2013.


Board Certifications

American Board of Pathology (Anatomic Pathology), 1974; recertified 2005