Newburyport, Mass. – Michael Hitchcock, MD, MS, has been named the chief of the Department of Pathology and medical director of Laboratory Services at Anna Jaques Hospital. Hitchcock brings a broad range of expertise in the fields of pathology and hematopathology to the Anna Jaques Hospital community.
“I am pleased that Dr. Hitchcock has joined Anna Jaques as our new leader in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Services,” said Joshua Tarkan, MD, medical staff president at Anna Jaques Hospital. “He has a strong understanding of pathology and disease processes and we welcome his expertise to our hospital and our community.”
Hitchcock comes to Anna Jaques Hospital from Waterbury Hospital in Waterbury, Conn., where he started as a community pathologist in 2017 and was then appointed medical director of laboratory services in 2020.
“I am honored to lead the Department of Pathology at Anna Jaques Hospital,” said Hitchcock. “I look forward to serving Anna Jaques Hospital and collaborating with a hardworking and dedicated team to continue providing high quality care for patients.”
Hitchcock completed his undergraduate studies cum laude at Oklahoma Panhandle State University and earned his Master’s in Biology at the Stephen F. Austin University. He holds a medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and completed his residency and fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center. Hitchcock is also board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology as well as Hematopathology, and is a member of the College of American Pathologists and the American Society of Clinical Pathology.
Hitchcock steps into the leadership role previously held by Laura Harris, MD, who served as chief of pathology for 15 years before departing in April this year. Kavitha Rao, MD, staff pathologist, served as the interim chief of pathology prior to Hitchcock joining the staff.
“I am so grateful to Dr. Harris for her many years of service to the hospital and to Dr. Rao for her support around the day-to-day operations of the pathology department as interim chief,” said Mark Goldstein, president of Anna Jaques Hospital. “We also warmly welcome Dr. Hitchcock to our Anna Jaques community.”
About Anna Jaques Hospital
Anna Jaques Hospital is a 119-bed not-for-profit community hospital serving the Merrimack Valley, North Shore and Southern New Hampshire. With 1,200 employees and more than 200 physicians on staff, Anna Jaques is recognized for delivering high quality community health care with an emphasis on patient satisfaction.
Anna Jaques Hospital is a part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,800 physicians and 36,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education. For more information about Beth Israel Lahey Health, please visit www.bilh.org.