Department of Pathology

General Medicine

Department of Pathology

The Department of Pathology trains the Undergraduates in Medical, Dental, Laboratory Technology, Physiotherapy, Imaging technology, Anaesthesia and operation theatre technology, Nursing, Respiratory therapy and biomedical science streams as well as Postgraduates of medical, dental and laboratory medicine. The Department provides round-the-clock laboratory and blood bank services to both outpatients and inpatients. Many research activities with the Department currently has several ongoing Extramural/Nitte (Deemed to be University)-funded research projects and 135 Publications in the last five years. Many interdepartmental teaching and clinicopathological meetings are conducted to enhance the learning process.

To build a humane society through excellence in education and healthcare

To develop NITTE as a Centre of Excellence imparting quality education, generating competent, skilled manpower to face the scientific and social challenges, with a high degree of credibility, integrity, ethical standards and social concern

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Research Thrust Areas

The Department is focused on oncology research with more than 100 publications in indexed national and international journals. Many external projects are based on oncolopathological research. Many medical education-related research is on a roll.


There are sections in the laboratory - Histopathology & Immunohistochemistry, Haematology, Cytology and Clinical pathology – each are under the supervision of qualified pathologists on rotation. Well-qualified technical staff assists the pathologists. The sections are well equipped with necessary and sophisticated instruments like the Automated Cell counter, Coagulometer, Automatic Tissue Processor, Microtomes, Microwave oven, Monocular, Binocular, Trinocular and Pentahead Microscopes with CCTV, Phase contrast, darkfield and Photomicrography facilities, Cover slipper with transfer station & Digital pathology scanner and Computers for storing data. The laboratory is on the verge of NABL accreditation. The patient reports are dispatched within the specified turn-around time. The Department uses the Robosoft system for rapid delivery of the laboratory data for patient management. The Department also extends routine laboratory services for regular health check-up camps conducted by our hospital.

The Department also has state of the art Blood Bank at Justice K. S. Hegde Charitable Hospital. This is fully air-conditioned, with the component facility, and there are five blood storage refrigerators with a storage capacity of over 800 units of blood and blood components. The blood bank contains equipment like Refrigerated centrifuge, component separator, Platelet Agitator, -85° C ultra-low freezer, -40° C plasma freezer for storing single donor plasma, Blood Bag Refrigerators, Laminar Flow, Cryobath, Microplate Washer/Reader, Blood collection monitor and Fresenius Kabi – Comtec cell separator, to prepare single donor platelets using Apheresis Technology. There is a regular blood donation camp in association with service organizations and an exclusive voluntary blood donor registry by the name "Sanjeevini" which contains all the details of the eligible blood donors.


The Department has research-oriented with many extramural/Nitte (Deemed to be University)-funded research projects

Extramural Funded Projects

Sl. No. Title Funding Agency
1. "Evaluation of prognostic markers for Triple – Negative Breast cancer" Rs.20,00,000 /- 2014-2019
- Dr.Jayaprakash Shetty
- Dr. Chandrika
Vision Group of Science and Technology (VGST), Govt. of Karnataka
2. "Comparative and Synergistic Modulatory effects of Cassia fistula and Rhodiolarosea Leaf extracts to Protect against Electron Beam radiation induced oxidative Damage in Human Dermal Fibroblasts (HDF)" - Rs.13,99,500/- 2012-2015
- Dr. Shetty K Padma
- Dr.ShailajaMoodithaya
Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS), Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India
3. Validation of RDT kits for screening of anaemia among women of childbearing age group at filed in comparison with gold standards tests in rural areas of coastal Karnataka- Rs.20,00,000/-, sanctioned in the year 2020.
- Dr Jayaprakash Shetty K
- Dr Chandrika Rao - Dr Nanjesh
ICMR, Govt of India

Extramural Funded Student Research Projects

Sl. No. Title Funding agency
1. Comparison of salivary vitamin C, an antioxidant in smoking and non-smoking adults – 2014-15
Mr. Jayaram & Dr. Padma Shetty
2. Assessment of fasting blood sugar with catalase and malondialdehyde level in Type 2 Diabetes mellitus – 2014-2015
Ms.Sanjana & Dr. Chandrika Rao
3. A correlative study of serum sialic acid levels and adenosine deaminase in healthy obese and non-obese adults – 2014-2015
Harshitha Hitha & Dr. Michelle Mathias
4. Plasma Superoxide Dismutase-1 and Platelet count as a marker for severity of Plasmodium infection – 2014-2015
Ms. Sri Archana & Dr.S.Teerthanath
5. Correlation of serum magnesium level with fasting and postprandial blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes mellitus – 2014-2015
Ms. Vidya B & Dr. Kishan Prasad H.L
6. Serum gamma-glutamyltransferase and sialic acid levels in type 2 diabetic patients and their association with glycemic control – 2016-2017
Mr. Sabari Das & Dr. Kishan Prasad H.L.
7. Comparative evaluation of hemocue, copper sulphate and cyanmethemoglobin methods of haemoglobin estimation in blood donors – 2016-2017
Ms. Sanjana & Dr. Chandrika Rao
8. Preoperative levels of serum total antioxidants and sialic acid in leiomyoma – a case-control study – 2017-2018
Ms. Nimmy Maria Dasan & Dr. Kishan Prasad H.L.
9. Association of superoxide dismutase and glutathione peroxidase levels with serum PSA in patients with Prostatic lesions – a cross-sectional study – 2017-2018
Mr. Harijith Sathyajith & Dr.Jayaprakash Shetty
10. Comparison of Formalin Vs Non-Formalin Fixatives in Diagnostic Pathology: A cross-sectional study – 2018-2019 Ms. Hannah FathimaBabu&Dr.Jayaprakash Shetty ICMR
11. Association between metabolic syndrome and Helicobacter pylori infection: Is it a myth or fact A cross-sectional study – 2018-2019 Mr. Varun J Shetty &Dr. Kishan Prasad H L ICMR

Nitte University funded projects – 8 nos.


  • Dr Jayaprakash Shetty, Professor & Head is awarded prestigious FRCP degree by Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow - United Kingdom.
  • Dr Kishan Prasad HL has completed the Advanced course in Medical Education by MCI
  • 135 publications in last five years(2015-2019)
  • Department is recognized by NBE (National Board of Examinations - New Delhi) to conduct DNB Pathology examination at National level.
  • More than 100 interdepartmental meetings