Youssef Farhat, MD

Youssef Farhat, MD, PhD

Pathology Resident, PGY-4


  • Pathology & Laboratory Medicine


I was born in southern California and grew up in the Bay Area. After I graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, I went to the University of Rochester in New York to pursue an MD and PhD, graduating in 2017. My PhD research was on the biology of tendon healing, and involved many of the lab tests commonly used in clinical laboratories as well as a generous amount of light microscopy. These experiences piqued my interest in pathology, and after I rotated through the department of pathology at my alma mater, I knew that I had found the specialty for me!

I was drawn to MCW’s pathology residency program by the sense of care and community that I detected when I met the leadership and residents of this program. Now that I’ve been here for some time, I am completely convinced that I made the right decision to join this program! The faculty are all very collegial and the residents are a pleasure to work with. The facilities are impeccable, educational activities very well organized, and the atmosphere in general is comfortable and welcoming.

In my opinion, the best thing about Milwaukee is that it’s a big enough city that it has pretty much everything you could ever need within a 15 mile radius of your home, and yet it’s small enough that you hardly ever have to deal with the traffic and the other inconveniences of very large cities. Natural beauty abounds and the cost of living is very low, making it an ideal place to live on a resident’s budget!

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and our adorable rabbit and parakeets. We enjoy the outdoors, especially birdwatching and hiking in scenic places. In my free time, I also run an educational website ( that I started in 2012 that hosts around 30 lab protocols and 10 You-Tube video tutorials ( that I authored during graduate school. This hobby is merely an outlet for my interests in teaching and technology. During residency, I hope to explore how such interests might be of value to the field of pathology.