Rodney Boyum

Adjunct Associate Professor


I am a board-certified anatomic and clinical pathologist with broad interest and experience obtained over more than 20 years of general pathology practice in the U.S. Navy. My career began in basic science, and I earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry before entering medical school. Specializing in pathology enabled me to apply my interest in basic science to clinical practice. I have subspecialty experience in breast, gastrointestinal, and pulmonary pathology. I have 30 years of teaching experience, spanning from serving as a teaching assistant during my graduate studies, to academic appointments at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, and at the Rosalind Franklin University (Chicago Medical School) in North Chicago, IL, to my current position here at the University of Minnesota Medical School – Duluth. In addition to my clinical and academic experience, my Navy career offered me many administrative and leadership opportunities. I held numerous senior leadership positions, including Board of Directors level positions at multiple Department of Defense hospitals and one Veterans Affairs hospital. In 2011 and early 2012, I deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where I served as Staff Officer for Afghan National Security Forces Healthcare System Reconstruction and Development in Kabul, Afghanistan. I was responsible for developing the first strategic, coordinated campaign plan to guide NATO and Afghan National Security Forces Healthcare Development efforts.