Carolyn Compton

Sols Administration & Faculty
Medical Resident
ASU Health Services

Location: TEMPE

Contact Information
(480) 965-8060


  • Ph.D..Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences 1977
  • M.D. Harvard Medical School 1977
  • B.A. Bryn Mawr College 1969

Research Interests

colon cancer, medical prediction, cancer staging, biomarker development


Dr. Carolyn Compton is an academic pathologist specializing in gastrointestinal disease and is board certified in both anatomic and clinical pathology. She is a professor of Life Sciences at Arizona State University and a professor of laboratory medicine and pathology at the Mayo Clinic. She is also an adjunct professor of pathology at both the University of Arizona and Johns Hopkins University. She is the Chief Medical Officer of the National Biomarkers Development Alliance, a member of the Biodesign Institute at ASU, and the Chief Medical Officer of the Complex Adaptive Systems Institute. She is a former professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School, chief of Gastrointestinal Pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital and pathologist-in-chief of the Boston Shriners Childrens Hospital. More recently she has served as the CEO and president of the Critical Path Institute (2012), the director of Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research and the Innovative Molecular Analysis Technologies program at the National Cancer Institute (2005-2011), and the Strathcona Professor and chair of the Department of Pathology at McGill University and pathologist-in-chief of the McGill University Health Center (2000-2005). She is a past chair of the Cancer Committee of the College of American Pathologists and the immediate past chair of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC). Currently, she is the chair of the Precision Medicine Core of the AJCC and chair of the Pre-analytics for Precision Medicine Project Team at the College of American Pathologists. She has authored more than 500 scientific manuscripts, review articles, books and chapters.