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Emily Waterhouse, MD, PhD

Fellowship: Surgical Pathology Fellowship with concentration in Gastrointestinal Pathology, University of California San Francisco (2017-2018)
Residency: Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, University of California San Francisco (2013-2017)
Medical School/Graduate school: Georgetown University (2004-2013)

Dr. Waterhouse specializes in gastrointestinal pathology and genitourinary pathology, providing data-driven, high quality care with a focus on integrated medicine. She presents regularly at the Cottage Health gastrointestinal tumor board and breast tumor board. She also enjoys teaching radiology residents at the radiology-pathology correlation conference.

Dr. Waterhouse completed her MD/PhD at Georgetown University. During her PhD thesis work in molecular neuroscience, she studied brain-derived neurotrophic factor and its role in obesity and learning and memory, with key publications in Nature Medicine and The Journal of Neuroscience. She received her residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and fellowship training in Surgical Pathology at the Univeristy of California, San Francisco (UCSF). At UCSF she served as chief resident and conducted award winning research in the development of an RT-PCR assay for detection of recurrent DNAJB1-PRKACA fusion transcripts in fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma.

At Cottage Health, Dr. Waterhouse is the medical director of Point of Care Testing and works closely with the medical staff throughout the hospital and community to ensure precise and accurate results. She believes the best medical care requires data-driven, precision medicine from an integrated medical team, and is passionate about working closely with all staff members and clinical colleagues to provide the highest quality patient care.

Dr. Waterhouse works with the Univeristy of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), where she is a neuroanatomy lecturer for the Kavli Neurosciences Institute teaching graduate and post-graduate students. She also aided the UCSB COVID response team by helping set up and run a CLIA-certified COVID testing lab for faculty, students and staff.

Dr. Waterhouse fell in love with the Santa Barbara community over 20 years ago when she attended UCSB as an undergraduate and met her husband, a Santa Barbara native. She feels fortunate to live in Santa Barbara and enjoys hiking, running, and exploring the beaches and ocean with her husband, son, and 150lb dog Beaumont, a lively St. Bernard.

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