Chunyu Cai, M.D., Ph.D.

Chunyu Cai, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Pathology
  • Neuropathology


Chunyu Cai, M.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in neuropathology, including the diagnosis of brain and spinal cord biopsies, muscle and nerve biopsies, and brain autopsies.

Dr. Cai earned his doctoral degree in developmental biology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and his medical degree at Peking University Health Science Center in Beijing, China. He completed a residency in anatomic pathology and fellowships in neuropathology and surgical pathology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic pathology and neuropathology, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2015.

He is Associate Program Director for the Neuropathology Fellowship Program and Director of the Neuromuscular Pathology Service at UT Southwestern.

Dr. Cai’s research focuses on neuromuscular diseases and brain tumors. He has delivered national and regional invited lectures, edited and contributed to the book A Case-Based Guide to Neuromuscular Pathology, and published numerous academic articles related to his areas of expertise.

He is a member of the American Association of Neuropathologists, including its Educational Committee. He serves as Associate Editor for Laboratory Investigation and Deputy Editor for Neuropathology for He’s also on the editorial board of the Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology.

Personal Note

When he’s not at work, Dr. Cai enjoys watching his son’s soccer games and his daughter’s volleyball games.

Education & Training
  • Other Post Graduate Training - Wesleyan University (2002-2008)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship - University of Connecticut Health Center (2008-2010), Neuroscience
  • Medical School - Beijing Medical University, China (1996-2001)
  • Graduate School - Wesleyan University (2002-2008), Biology
  • Residency - Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (2010-2014), Anatomic/neuropathology
  • Fellowship - Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (2014-2015), Surgical Pathology
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Association of Neuropathologists
  • Chinese American Pathologists Association
  • College of American Pathologists
  • Texas Medical Association
  • United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology
Honors & Awards
  • Richard Davis Award 2020, American Association of Neuropathologists
  • LEAD (Leadership Emerging in Academic Departments) Program 2018, Office of Faculty Diversity & Development, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Books & Publications
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Tumor ischemia and radioresistance
  • Meningioma
  • Immunohistochemistry (IHC)

Clinical Focus

  • Neuropathology

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